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Seasons:
1 | 2
Release Date:
5 June 2005 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Valerie Cherish was TV's IT Girl. Now IT's a different story. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary »
Awards:
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A brilliant comedy with incisive touches See more (47 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 13 of 40)

Lisa Kudrow ... Valerie Cherish (21 episodes, 2005-2014)

Lance Barber ... Paulie G. (21 episodes, 2005-2014)
Robert Michael Morris ... Mickey Deane (21 episodes, 2005-2014)

Laura Silverman ... Jane (21 episodes, 2005-2014)

Damian Young ... Mark Berman (14 episodes, 2005-2014)

Malin Akerman ... Juna Millken (14 episodes, 2005-2014)

Kellan Lutz ... Chris MacNess (14 episodes, 2005-2014)

Robert Bagnell ... Tom Peterman (13 episodes, 2005)

Jason Olive ... Jesse Wood (13 episodes, 2005)

Kimberly Kevon Williams ... Shayne Thomas (13 episodes, 2005)

Vanessa Marano ... Franchesca (12 episodes, 2005)

JT Alexander ... Actor (12 episodes, 2005)

Bayne Gibby ... Gigi (9 episodes, 2005-2014)
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Series Directed by
Michael Patrick King (4 episodes, 2005)
Michael Lehmann (4 episodes, 2005)
Greg Mottola (2 episodes, 2005)
David Steinberg (2 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Writing credits
Michael Patrick King (21 episodes, 2005-2014)
Lisa Kudrow (21 episodes, 2005-2014)
John Riggi (2 episodes, 2005)
Michael Schur (2 episodes, 2005)
Linda Wallem (2 episodes, 2005)

Series Produced by
Dan Bucatinsky .... executive producer (21 episodes, 2005-2014)
Michael Patrick King .... executive producer (21 episodes, 2005-2014)
Lisa Kudrow .... executive producer (21 episodes, 2005-2014)
Eric M. Cyphers .... associate producer (13 episodes, 2005)
John P. Melfi .... executive producer (13 episodes, 2005)
Mickie Reuster .... associate producer (13 episodes, 2005)
Denis Biggs .... producer (12 episodes, 2005)
Amy Harris .... producer (12 episodes, 2005)
John Riggi .... co-executive producer (12 episodes, 2005)
Michael Schur .... co-producer (12 episodes, 2005)
Linda Wallem .... co-executive producer (12 episodes, 2005)
Hans van Doornewaard .... associate producer (6 episodes, 2014)
 
Series Cinematography by
Nancy Schreiber (12 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Film Editing by
David Rogers (8 episodes, 2005)
Darryl Bates (5 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Casting by
Elizabeth Barnes (13 episodes, 2005)
Meg Liberman (13 episodes, 2005)
Camille H. Patton (13 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Production Design by
Kitty Doris-Bates (21 episodes, 2005-2014)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Michele Poulik (13 episodes, 2005)
Lisa Clark (8 episodes, 2014)
 
Series Costume Design by
Tom Broecker (13 episodes, 2005)
Trayce Gigi Field (6 episodes, 2014)
 
Series Makeup Department
René Dashiell Kerby .... assistant makeup artist (13 episodes, 2005)
Robin Siegel .... makeup artist: Ms. Kudrow (13 episodes, 2005)
Kristina Vogel .... key makeup artist (13 episodes, 2005)
Leigh Ann Cho-Pitchon .... assistant hair stylist (12 episodes, 2005)
Cyndra Dunn .... key hair stylist (12 episodes, 2005)
Candy L. Walken .... hair stylist: Ms. Kudrow (12 episodes, 2005)
Nancy Stimac .... key hair stylist / hair stylist (7 episodes, 2005-2014)
Steve Artmont .... key makeup artist (6 episodes, 2014)
Mary Ann Valdes .... hair department head / hair department head: Personal to Lisa Kudrow (6 episodes, 2014)
Brad Scott .... key hair stylist (4 episodes, 2005)
Nicole Artmont .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 2014)
Jonathan Hanousek .... hair stylist: Ms. Kudrow (2 episodes, 2005)

Marianna Elias .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Leslie Waldman .... unit production manager (12 episodes, 2005)
Philipp A. Barnett .... unit production manager (8 episodes, 2014)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Colleen Casey .... second second assistant director (12 episodes, 2005)
Adam Ben Frank .... second assistant director (12 episodes, 2005)
Michael A. Allowitz .... first assistant director (7 episodes, 2005)
Eric Tignini .... first assistant director (6 episodes, 2005)
Kendall L. Nichols .... second assistant director (6 episodes, 2014)
 
Series Art Department
Pierre Gonzalez .... swing set dresser (13 episodes, 2005)
Fernando Reinhard .... swing set dresser (13 episodes, 2005)
Trevor A. Rudolph .... set dresser / swing set dresser (13 episodes, 2005)
Jeff Snyder .... on-set dresser (13 episodes, 2005)
Jeff Tirado .... leadman (13 episodes, 2005)
Donovan H. Miller .... assistant property master (12 episodes, 2005)
James Torvinen .... property master (12 episodes, 2005)
Penelope Franco Gilmore .... set dresser (6 episodes, 2014)
Alexander Hernandez .... set dresser (6 episodes, 2014)
Beatriz Kerti .... graphic designer (6 episodes, 2014)
Heather Oglesby .... art department coordinator (6 episodes, 2014)
Jill Rolie-December .... assistant set decorator (6 episodes, 2014)
Cheryl Gould Strang .... leadman (6 episodes, 2014)
Liz Goetz .... art department production assistant (2 episodes, 2005)
Andrew Leitch .... graphic artist: props (2 episodes, 2014)

Brock Helfer .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
John Benson .... supervising sound editor (13 episodes, 2005)
Tim Chilton .... foley artist (13 episodes, 2005)
Mark Cookson .... sound effects editor (13 episodes, 2005)
David Hancock .... mix assistant (13 episodes, 2005)
Tamara Johnson .... sound re-recording mixer (13 episodes, 2005)
Lawrence L. Commans .... boom operator / sound: a2 (12 episodes, 2005)
Mark Fay .... sound utility (12 episodes, 2005)
Mark Weingarten .... sound mixer (12 episodes, 2005)
David Beadle .... adr editor / dialogue editor (11 episodes, 2005)
William F. MacPherson .... sound mixer (7 episodes, 2005-2014)
Anna R. Delanzo .... utility sound technician (6 episodes, 2014)
Alexandra Gallo .... boom operator (6 episodes, 2014)
Kevin McCullough .... sound effects editor (3 episodes, 2014)
Tim Terusa .... adr editor / dialogue editor (2 episodes, 2005)

Tommy Goodwin .... foley mixer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Steve Newquist .... special effects coordinator (2 episodes, 2014)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Tom Kendall .... visual effects producer (6 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Stunts
Rj Wolfe .... stunt double: Brad Goreski (1 episode, 2014)

Robert Alonzo .... stunt performer / utility stunts (unknown episodes)
Oliver Keller .... stunt grip (unknown episodes)
Boni Yanagisawa .... utility stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas Bango .... first assistant camera (13 episodes, 2005)
Steve Charnow .... lamp operator (13 episodes, 2005)
David Irwin .... rigging gaffer (13 episodes, 2005)
Iain O'Higgins .... best boy electric (13 episodes, 2005)
John Priebe .... gaffer (13 episodes, 2005)
Calvin Starnes .... grip (13 episodes, 2005)
Marie Chao .... second assistant camera (12 episodes, 2005)
C.E. Courtney .... dimmer board operator (12 episodes, 2005)
John Koth .... best boy grip / key grip (12 episodes, 2005)
Andrew Lemon .... second assistant camera / video camera engineer (12 episodes, 2005)
Jamie Maxtone-Graham .... camera operator: 'a' camera / camera operator / ... (12 episodes, 2005)
John McKain .... grip (12 episodes, 2005)
Abby Antweil .... lamp operator (11 episodes, 2005)
Joseph D. Beam .... lamp operator (11 episodes, 2005)
Sean Patrick Crowell .... key grip (10 episodes, 2005)
Paul Horn .... camera operator: 'b' camera / camera operator: "b" camera (10 episodes, 2005)
Al Stewart .... grip (10 episodes, 2005)
Damien Collier .... set lighting technician (8 episodes, 2014)
Stephan Dalyai .... chief lighting technician (8 episodes, 2014)
Johnny Medeiros .... video assist engineer (6 episodes, 2014)
Rob Abbey .... video assist operator (4 episodes, 2005)
Colleen E. Hayes .... still photographer (4 episodes, 2014)
Tim Soronen .... best boy: grip (4 episodes, 2014)
Igor Tochilnikov .... set lighting technician (4 episodes, 2014)
Rick Robertson .... camera operator / camera operator: "a" camera / ... (3 episodes, 2005)
Joe Romeo .... dimmer board operator / lamp operator (3 episodes, 2005)
Kyle Sauer .... loader (3 episodes, 2014)
Jesse Jareswsky .... lamp operator (2 episodes, 2005)
Troy Kohrs .... grip (2 episodes, 2005)

Michael Eaton .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Ryan Huston .... rigging electrician (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Angi Burk .... casting assistant: Los Angeles (13 episodes, 2005)
Kevin Goldson .... extras casting (12 episodes, 2005)
Joanna Leeds .... adr voice casting (8 episodes, 2014)
Elana Staehli .... extras casting (6 episodes, 2014)
Lindsay Weber .... extras casting (6 episodes, 2014)

Elizabeth Barnes .... casting associate (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lisa Wujick .... key costumer (13 episodes, 2005)
Barbara Gordon .... costumer (12 episodes, 2005)
Maurice Palinski .... costumer (12 episodes, 2005)
Phyllis Corcoran-Woods .... costume supervisor (10 episodes, 2005)
Ric Spencer .... costumer (9 episodes, 2005)
Suzanne Cranfill .... wardrobe supervisor (6 episodes, 2014)
Tiger Curran .... costumer (6 episodes, 2014)
April Dunlap .... key costumer (6 episodes, 2014)
Amanda Gore .... costumer (6 episodes, 2014)
Megan Klimkos .... costume pa (6 episodes, 2014)
Ivette Silberman .... costumer (3 episodes, 2005)
Barcie Waite .... costume supervisor (3 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Editorial Department
Pankaj Bajpai .... colorist (13 episodes, 2005)
Grace Naughton .... post-production coordinator (13 episodes, 2005)
Meghan Robertson .... post-production assistant (13 episodes, 2005)
Michael Zurer .... first assistant editor (13 episodes, 2005)
Dean Donofrio .... assistant editor (12 episodes, 2005)
Jonathan Slater .... on-line editor (12 episodes, 2005)
Carly Neher .... post-production assistant (8 episodes, 2014)
Alyssa Parella .... post-production assistant (8 episodes, 2014)

Richard Glazerman .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Deva Anderson .... music consultant (13 episodes, 2005)
Delphine Robertson .... music consultant (13 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Transportation Department
Tom Lyons .... transportation captain (12 episodes, 2005)
Joel Renfro .... transportation coordinator (12 episodes, 2005)
J.T. Thayer .... driver (6 episodes, 2014)
Michael Bangs .... driver (4 episodes, 2005)
Lee Sanders .... driver (4 episodes, 2005)
James Westdorpe .... driver (4 episodes, 2005)
Jeff Van de Brooke .... driver (3 episodes, 2005)

J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
John Flavin .... assistant: Mr. Melfi (13 episodes, 2005)
Timothy Meehan .... writers: assistant / production assistant to writer (13 episodes, 2005)
Mark Taylor .... production executive (13 episodes, 2005)
Allison Belanger .... assistant to Ms. Kudrow (12 episodes, 2005)
Julie Camino .... production coordinator (12 episodes, 2005)
Helene Forman .... production accountant (12 episodes, 2005)
Adam Howard .... craft service (12 episodes, 2005)
Katie Lavery .... production secretary (12 episodes, 2005)
Heather Morgan .... story editor (12 episodes, 2005)
Mel Ray Sandvik .... first assistant accountant / assistant production accountant (12 episodes, 2005)
Ivan E. Schwarz .... location manager (12 episodes, 2005)
Maggi Solso .... assistant location manager (12 episodes, 2005)
Gabriel Ynda .... assistant location manager (12 episodes, 2005)
Jack Gutowitz .... production assistant (10 episodes, 2005)
Diane H. Newman .... script supervisor (9 episodes, 2005)
Shuli Harel .... 1st assistant accountant (8 episodes, 2014)
April Hernandez .... production coordinator (8 episodes, 2014)
Edward Mazurek .... location manager (7 episodes, 2005-2014)
Sarah DeBoer .... set production assistant (6 episodes, 2014)
Iwona Kanclerz .... script supervisor (6 episodes, 2014)
Jason T. Welden .... computer screen graphics (6 episodes, 2014)
Jennifer Getzinger .... script supervisor (5 episodes, 2005)
Anthony Steinhart .... key set production assistant (4 episodes, 2005)
Jerri Whiteman .... payroll (4 episodes, 2005)
Ian Dalesky .... production assistant (4 episodes, 2014)
Nivia D. Davis .... production assistant (3 episodes, 2005)
Jeremy Guzowski .... production assistant (3 episodes, 2005)
Henriette Mantel .... consultant (3 episodes, 2005)
Mike Tsucalas .... set production assistant (3 episodes, 2005)
Cheryl Andryco .... set production assistant (2 episodes, 2005)
Stacy Brown .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2005)
Dan Burks .... set production assistant (2 episodes, 2005)
Mandy Grant-Grierson .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 2014)

Lorenzo dela Rosa .... additional set production assistant (unknown episodes)
Cristie Schoen .... chef (unknown episodes)
John Trujillo .... layout board (unknown episodes)
James William Visconti III .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Oorala Yamada .... additional set production assistant (unknown episodes)
Christopher Zatta .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
 

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Runtime:
USA:30 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:M | UK:12 (some episodes) | UK:15 (some episodes) | USA:TV-MA

Did You Know?

Trivia:
For nine years Lisa and Michael often talked about Valerie, both wondering where she'd be.See more »
Quotes:
Valerie Cherish:You see puppies, I see Korean barbeque!See more »
Movie Connections:

FAQ

Why didn't Valerie ever apologize to Jane about what she did in the final episode?
In the final episode of the series, does it leave off with a cliff hanger or does it wrap up the show?
Isn't Valerie Cherish too young to play Aunt Sassy?
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27 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
A brilliant comedy with incisive touches, 26 July 2005
Author: Paul-271 from New Mexico, USA

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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