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Seasons:
1 | 2
Release Date:
5 June 2005 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A star is reborn. 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 2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Finding its voice--finally! See more (49 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 15 of 49)

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 Benson (21 episodes, 2005-2014)

Damian Young ... Mark Berman (21 episodes, 2005-2014)

Malin Akerman ... Juna Millken (15 episodes, 2005-2014)

Robert Bagnell ... Tom Peterman (14 episodes, 2005-2014)

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

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)

Lillian Hurst ... Esperanza (11 episodes, 2005-2014)

Dan Bucatinsky ... Billy Stanton (9 episodes, 2005-2014)

Bayne Gibby ... Gigi (9 episodes, 2005-2014)
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Series Directed by
Michael Patrick King (8 episodes, 2005-2014)
Michael Lehmann (4 episodes, 2005)
John Riggi (3 episodes, 2014)
Clark Mathis (2 episodes, 2005-2014)
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 (4 episodes, 2005-2014)
Amy Harris (3 episodes, 2005-2014)
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)
Amy Harris .... producer / co-executive producer (20 episodes, 2005-2014)
John Riggi .... co-executive producer (20 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)
Michael Schur .... co-producer (12 episodes, 2005)
Linda Wallem .... co-executive producer (12 episodes, 2005)
Erin Mitchell .... associate producer (8 episodes, 2014)
Hans van Doornewaard .... associate producer (6 episodes, 2014)
Jim Klever-Weis .... producer (2 episodes, 2014)
 
Series Cinematography by
Nancy Schreiber (12 episodes, 2005)
Clark Mathis (8 episodes, 2005-2014)
 
Series Film Editing by
Darryl Bates (9 episodes, 2005-2014)
David Rogers (8 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 (6 episodes, 2014)
Brad Scott .... key hair stylist (4 episodes, 2005)
Lauren N. Poole .... additional hairstylist (4 episodes, 2014)
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)
James Baumgartner .... production supervisor (8 episodes, 2014)
David A. Pérez .... post-production supervisor (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)
Jinny Parron .... dga trainee / additional second assistant director (8 episodes, 2014)
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)
Adam Binder .... art department staff assistant (8 episodes, 2014)
Penelope Franco Gilmore .... set dresser (8 episodes, 2014)
Mark Kelly .... props (8 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)
Mitch Lamoureux .... set dresser (4 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
Ryan Young .... adr mixer / adr recordist (21 episodes, 2005-2014)
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)
Kevin McCullough .... sound effects editor (8 episodes, 2014)
Jason Oliver .... adr mixer (8 episodes, 2014)
William F. MacPherson .... sound mixer (7 episodes, 2005-2014)
Julie Altus .... diaogue editor (6 episodes, 2014)
Anna R. Delanzo .... utility sound technician (6 episodes, 2014)
Alexandra Gallo .... boom operator (6 episodes, 2014)
Stacey Michaels .... foley mixer (4 episodes, 2005)
Tucker Bodine .... adr recordist (3 episodes, 2014)
Daniel Kearney .... adr recordist (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
Takashi Takeoka .... digital compositor (8 episodes, 2014)
Tom Kendall .... visual effects producer (6 episodes, 2005)
Matthew Collorafice .... visual effects supervisor (4 episodes, 2014)
 
Series Stunts
Rj Wolfe .... stunt double: Brad Goreski (2 episodes, 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)
Jeremiah Kent .... "b" camera: 2nd assistant (8 episodes, 2014)
Brian Kinzey .... 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)
Kenny Brown .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2014)

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)
Peter John Kousakis .... casting assistant (8 episodes, 2014)
Joanna Leeds .... adr voice casting (8 episodes, 2014)
Elana Staehli .... extras casting (6 episodes, 2014)
Lindsay Weber .... extras casting (6 episodes, 2014)
Elizabeth Barnes .... original casting by (1 episode, 2014)
 
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)
Michelle Matteo .... costumer (3 episodes, 2014)
Ashley Kemper .... costume assistant (2 episodes, 2014)
 
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)
Joseph Auger .... transportation co-captain (8 episodes, 2014)
J.T. Thayer .... driver (6 episodes, 2014)
Michael Bangs .... driver (4 episodes, 2005)
Lee Sanders .... driver (4 episodes, 2005)
Dave Tiller .... transportation captain (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)
Wendy Wilhite Chatley .... studio teacher (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)
Olivia Auld .... production assistant (8 episodes, 2014)
Alix Bannon .... post production accountant (8 episodes, 2014)
Laura Barney .... assistant to ms. kudrow (8 episodes, 2014)
Ardy Brent Carlson .... Key Production Assistant (8 episodes, 2014)
Adriana De La Cruz .... medic coordinator: lead medic (8 episodes, 2014)
Sarah DeBoer .... set production assistant (8 episodes, 2014)
Mary Stuart Deibel .... production assistant (8 episodes, 2014)
Philip Fracassi .... production staff (8 episodes, 2014)
Jennifer Goldsmith .... production accountant (8 episodes, 2014)
Aaron Grossman .... production assistant (8 episodes, 2014)
Shuli Harel .... 1st assistant accountant (8 episodes, 2014)
Kenton Harris .... key assistant location manager (8 episodes, 2014)
April Hernandez .... production coordinator (8 episodes, 2014)
Iwona Kanclerz .... script supervisor (8 episodes, 2014)
Eric Odioso .... assistant production coordinator (8 episodes, 2014)
Edward Mazurek .... location manager (7 episodes, 2005-2014)
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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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:M | Netherlands:AL | UK:12 (some episodes) | UK:15 (some episodes) | USA:TV-MA

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The roles of Mickey and Jane were written specifically for Robert Michael Morris and Laura Silverman.See more »
Quotes:
Valerie Cherish:You see puppies, I see Korean barbeque!See more »
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19 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Finding its voice--finally!, 25 August 2005
Author: Citigrrrl from Oregon, USA

I was initially unimpressed with The Comeback. Never having been a fan of Friends, I didn't feel any particular connection with Lisa Kudrow. But since I watch Entourage and it is the lead-in show, I kept the TV on. The first few shows had me wondering why Lisa Kudrow would want to do such a crappy show...but for some unexplainable reason, I kept watching. I feel like, now at nearly the end of the first season, that I "get" the show. I am glad that I stuck it out. There have been some very funny moments on the show. In fact I decided to watch the season over again with a different perspective and have gained more from the second viewing, (with On-Demand). The Palm Springs episode really did it for me. Since then the show has only gotten better. There are a lot of long pauses to the show. I think this is indicative of the character's inability to say what is really on her mind, but usually ends up putting her foot in her mouth anyway. The premise of the show seemed a little confusing at first, but it's not hard to put it all together. Valerie Cherish is a washed up TV actress trying to gracefully get back in the groove, but she really isn't all that graceful. At the same time a reality show is being made to follow her on her comeback trail. The characters grow on you--Valerie Cherish, her husband, step-daughter and text- messaging friends; Valerie's young cast-mates on her TV show Room and Bored, and the humorless writers; her longtime gay hairstylist who is still only half-way out of the closet; her always present reality crew waiting for something awful to happen so they can boost ratings on the possibly-dying reality TV genre. It is subtle comedy and it just needed a little bit of a chance to find its ground. Without the irritating laugh-tracks and corny music of most TV comedies, the quiet pauses on the show are not the negative, uncomfortable ones that I first disliked--now it is off and running. And I really do look forward to the show!

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