The Comeback (2005– )

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An ex A-list celebrity attempts to rekindle the flame of her once prominent acting career with nothing but a camera crew and some determination.

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 Valerie Cherish (21 episodes, 2005-2014)
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 Paulie G. (21 episodes, 2005-2014)
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 Mickey Deane (21 episodes, 2005-2014)
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 Jane Benson (21 episodes, 2005-2014)
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 Mark Berman (21 episodes, 2005-2014)
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 Juna Millken (15 episodes, 2005-2014)
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 Tom Peterman (14 episodes, 2005-2014)
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 Chris MacNess (14 episodes, 2005-2014)
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 Jesse Wood (13 episodes, 2005)
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 Shayne Thomas (13 episodes, 2005)
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 Franchesca (12 episodes, 2005)
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 Esperanza (11 episodes, 2005-2014)
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 Billy Stanton (9 episodes, 2005-2014)
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 Gigi (9 episodes, 2005-2014)
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Valerie Cherish is a D list actress who was an A lister back in the early 90s. Now, she has become unemployed, married, and has a much harder time getting recognized in the Hollywood scene. Valerie is now embarking on making a comeback with a camera crew documenting her trials and triumphs of her journey on doing so. Written by Anonymous

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The idea of the show came during a friendly lunch between Lisa and Michael. Both of them were not looking to work on a new show, but then Lisa came up with an idea that she had been thinking of about an actress that is phony and so desperate to get back to the spotlight that she agrees to be in a reality show called "The Comeback". Michael thought the idea was brilliant, and the lunch became a 4 hour meeting. According to Lisa, after that the entire show was practically done. See more »

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Valerie Cherish: *This* is my comeback. All right, let me take that again... So *this* is my come - Jane, I'm sorry, the, um, camera keeps moving in and out.
Jane: It's always going to be moving, just keep going.
Valerie Cherish: No, yeah, oh, I know, I know, it's just - I didn't know if I should wait for it to settle or... That's right. Yeah. Oh, right. Yeah. This one's always going to be moving, because that one is stationary. Got it. Okay. Here we go. *This* is my comeback! You know, I want to do another.
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A brilliant comedy with incisive touches
26 July 2005 | by (New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

I ran into this one on my HBO on demand last Sunday. For the first time I can remember, I was riveted to my TV. I watched all six or so (the total taped) episodes in one sitting.

The show is an interesting mix of TV-land looking at, and poking fun at itself. Keep in mind that this is a show within a show. We are supposed be be watching the outtakes from a reality show where the reality is a washed up, over aged (by TV standard) actress gets the nod to first star in, and then have a bit role in a new TV show. The show within the show is an updated version of Three's Company.

We get to watch the Kudrow character's attempt at being the center of attraction until she wises up that she's not the center of this universe as she was on her show of 20 years ago. The catch is watching this actress play an actress who evolves and adapts quickly to her new situation. She absorbs a lot of ridicule along the way - more than most folks could take. Rather than lash out and risk her gig, she smiles, pretends to go along with the gags where she is the butt of the joke and then makes minor adjustments based on her new perception of her role in this new world where she is no longer the star, but the comedic relief.

Like a Woody Allen movie, Kudrow's place both as the star and producer of the show give her too much time to make a lot of noise and too much screen time emoting monologues. However, even at her worst, she's not the ego maniac that Allen is so at worst, it's a bit too much, but still tolerable.

Whatever the outcome of this show, I think Kudrow has proved that she has range and talent well beyond what most folks thought she had.


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