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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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »



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Series cast summary:
 Valerie Cherish (21 episodes, 2005-2014)
 Paulie G. (21 episodes, 2005-2014)
 Mickey Deane (21 episodes, 2005-2014)
 Jane Benson (21 episodes, 2005-2014)
 Mark Berman (21 episodes, 2005-2014)
 Juna Millken (15 episodes, 2005-2014)
 Chris MacNess (15 episodes, 2005-2014)
 Tom Peterman (14 episodes, 2005-2014)
 Jesse Wood (13 episodes, 2005)
 Shayne Thomas (13 episodes, 2005)
 Franchesca (12 episodes, 2005)
 Esperanza (11 episodes, 2005-2014)
 Billy Stanton (9 episodes, 2005-2014)
 Gigi (9 episodes, 2005-2014)


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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Michael Patrick stated that the only thing they changed from the pilot is that Valerie and Mark's sexual life is intense. They did change it because they thought that among everything bad happening around her a dead end sexual life would be too brutal for the character. They wanted the audience to know that "the character had love but was choosing to walk in front of a train instead". See more »


Valerie Cherish: Note to self: After a long day at work, I *don't* want to see that!
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Phoebe is dead
15 September 2005 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I have just had the pleasure of seeing the entire season of The Comeback. I cannot believe the poor reception this series has had with the viewing public of America. The writing and performances from all concerned are outstanding. The situations are extreme, but then how many of us have the insight into the makings of a TV sitcom. Even so, it always seems believable. Kudos to Kudrow for creating one of the most likable, infuriating, delicious, yet tragic characters to grace TV for a long while. And special mention to Lance Barber for instilling Paulie G with so much venom and hatred to create one of the most loathsome. So many good moments crammed into each episode this series demands repeat viewing. I caught an ep. of Friends shortly afterwards, and could not watch Phoebe (or indeed any of the contrived, poorly scripted nonsense I had so previously enjoyed) without seeing Big Red behind the drippy one-liners. I will most definitely watch it again and again when it comes to the UK.

(To Tom Selleck on the phone: "Well, maybe I'll call you again if they decide to revive my big beaver...")

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