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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
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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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Valerie Cherish was TV's IT Girl. Now IT's a different story. See more »

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USA

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English

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5 June 2005 (USA) See more »

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A visszatérés See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Vanessa Marano was approached about reprising her role as Francesca in season two, and wanted to do so, but scheduling conflicts between this show and Switched at Birth (2011) prevented this. See more »

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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. ...
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Finding its voice--finally!
25 August 2005 | by CitigrrrlSee all my reviews

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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