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The Comeback 

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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 & 14 nominations. See more awards »



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Series cast summary:
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 15 episodes, 2005-2014
Jason Olive ...  Jesse Wood 13 episodes, 2005
Kimberly Jeppson ...  Shayne Thomas 13 episodes, 2005
Vanessa Marano ...  Franchesca 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


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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Release Date:

5 June 2005 (USA) See more »

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At one point during season one, Jimmy (James Burrows) tells Valerie that the real reason "I'm It" was cancelled, was because they hired a monkey to star in its last season. Despite its success, Friends (1994) also had a monkey character named Marcel. See more »


Valerie Cherish: You see puppies, I see Korean barbeque!
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Truly magnificent performance by Lisa Kudrow
7 May 2012 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

I have finally finished The Comeback. I started it because of the raves I heard about Kudrow, and let me tell you, they are completely deserved. Kudrow is magnificent here, she not only handles the comedy perfectly with the unique touch that she also had in Friends, but she develops Valerie with many different layers. It's not until the series goes by that those layers are peeled away, and we really truly understand Valerie as a whole. In the pilot episode, one is ready to say that Valerie is a little too full of herself, or naive. Her flaws are recognizable, and yet as more episodes go on, you not only learn to recognize her flaws clearly, but also learn to accept her as a human being. It's very easy to empathize with her, and Kudrow is completely mesmerizing in her most vulnerable moments.

Take a scene in the 12th episode where she tells the audience and the crew about her experience when she was younger, as a girl with a back brace. Kudrow plays it amazingly, with her character's usual sugar tone and with her deep sadness and hurt rising to the surface. But most importantly, she plays it all with her eyes. Moments like these are crucial to her character, and Kudrow is dynamite when it comes to playing the most hilarious moments and also the darkest. The show is pretty great, but it's great because Valerie Cherish is an expertly- written character, and because Kudrow gives one of the best comedic performances I have ever seen, both on the small and big screen. Anyone who hasn't seen this, do! Such a shame it only ran for one season, especially because the ending promised even more interesting things to come.

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