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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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2014   2005  
Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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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 (15 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 first funny sad fictional reality show comedy hybrid See more »

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5 June 2005 (USA)  »

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Michael Patrick King stated to The Writers Guild Foundation in 2012, that none of the action or dialogue in the show was improvised. He said that the improvisation happened only during the writing process. During their meetings, Lisa improvised dialogue and action as Valerie, while Michael tried to transcript as much as he could. For Michael, those were the toughest moments, and he really thought about hiring a stenographer to do that, because everything Lisa did and said, during improvisation, was so rich, that he was always afraid to lose any of it. See more »

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Valerie Cherish: Note to self: After a long day at work, I *don't* want to see that!
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Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.124 (2012) See more »

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Laughing all the way to the bank
18 July 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Lisa Kudrow's HBO Special Series "The Comeback" is a rare hybrid that combines reality TV and satire directed to the television industry and the people behind the scenes.

Ms. Kudrow's persona of a dippy untalented actress pays off big time in her take of this larger than life personality she is portraying, Valerie Crash. She is hopeless, but what most people don't get it, the joke is on the viewer because this series wants to make it appear that way. In fact, Ms. Kudrow seems to know perfectly well what to give to her public, as shown in the different episodes we have seen.

"The Comeback" has some of the best writers working on television these days. The creators, Michael Patrick King and Michael Lehmann, direct with great style. They seem to know what goes on during the production of some of what we watch as comedy on television. The writing is pretty accurate and again, some great minds are behind this.

Ms. Kudrow seems to be having great fun with Valerie, a woman who has no clue about anything.


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