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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:
Valerie Cherish, a one-time sitcom star, tries to resuscitate her career with a camera crew documenting her progress. Full summary »
Awards:
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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Lisa Kudrow Talks about Her Come-back
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Lisa Kudrow Talks about Her Come-back
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Lisa Kudrow Talks about Her Come-back
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User Reviews:
Kudrow is Delighfully (and purposefully) Bad! See more (46 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 13 of 37)

Lisa Kudrow ... Valerie Cherish (19 episodes, 2005-2014)

Malin Akerman ... Juna Millken (13 episodes, 2005)

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

Lance Barber ... Paulie G. (13 episodes, 2005)
Robert Michael Morris ... Mickey Deane (13 episodes, 2005)

Laura Silverman ... Jane (13 episodes, 2005)

Damian Young ... Mark Berman (13 episodes, 2005)

Kellan Lutz ... Chris MacNess (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 (19 episodes, 2005-2014)
Lisa Kudrow (19 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 (19 episodes, 2005-2014)
Michael Patrick King .... executive producer (19 episodes, 2005-2014)
Lisa Kudrow .... executive producer (19 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 (13 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Michele Poulik (13 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Costume Design by
Tom Broecker (13 episodes, 2005)
 
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)
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 Barnett .... unit production manager (6 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 .... set dresser (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)
Tim Terusa .... adr editor / dialogue editor (2 episodes, 2005)

Tommy Goodwin .... foley mixer (unknown episodes)
 
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 R. 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)
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)
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)
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)

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)
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)
Edward Mazurek .... location manager (7 episodes, 2005-2014)
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:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | UK:12 (some episodes) | UK:15 (some episodes) | USA:TV-MA

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Each episode begins with color bars, over which are superimposed the words "The Comeback: Raw Footage", indicating that viewers to the actual HBO series The Comeback are watching unedited video footage for the fictional reality show The Comeback.See more »
Quotes:
Valerie Cherish:Well, this is it, this is my It-wall. Used to be bigger, but then I got married and you know, you have to share. So... Um, let me show you this. *This* here is my people's choice award, that I got for I'm It. And it means a lot to me because it's from the people. So... and right here is my Leno. There it is.
Jane:Talk more about that.
Valerie Cherish:What is there to say? There was a monkey on my head and he pooed! You know - it was a real water cooler moment, you know, the whole next day everyone was... you know. And you know, this was Leno's first year. So it was a real important show for him too! You know. It was quite an appearance. Classic!
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FAQ

Isn't Valerie Cherish too young to play Aunt Sassy?
Why are there so many people who are mean to Valerie?
Why Didn't Paulie G. badmouth Valerie in that last episode?
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45 out of 61 people found the following review useful.
Kudrow is Delighfully (and purposefully) Bad!, 6 June 2005
Author: konky2000 from Oakland, CA

"The Comeback" is a well done blending of "The Office", "The Larry Sanders Show", and "Curb Your Enthusiasm". It is a fake reality show about an idiotic TV star that offers a parody of both reality TV and network sitcoms.

The show is composed of reality TV footage filmed during the life of a TV star from the 80's, played by Lisa Kudrow, trying to wage a career comeback by staring in a new TV sitcom. The twist is that rather than showing us a final edited fake reality TV show, the show is composed of outtakes from the fake reality TV show. We get to see the character redo lines that are supposed to be spontaneous reality, we see her continually tell the filmmakers to stop filming -- which they never do. And we even see the filmmakers themselves dealing with some of the logistical problems inherent in making this type of show.

What makes it all work is that Lisa Kudrow's character is a buffoon. She is totally delusional about how big of a star she is and the show asks us to laugh at her vanity and idiocy. She is a lot like the boss on BBC's "The Office", because she is a lead character we are meant to laugh and cringe at. At the same time, Kudrow gives her character just enough empathy that as much as we hate her we also feel sorry for her just a little bit. Knowing that Kudrow was so intimately involved in a network TV sitcom, makes the parody directed at sitcoms come across as very realistic and especially funny.

As long as you know that the show itself is supposed to be bad, and if you like the kind of comedy that is filled with cringe inducing moments of embarrassment, then you will like this show.

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