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The Comeback 

TV-MA | | Comedy | TV Series (2005–2014)
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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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2014   2005  
Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 15 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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Television. It's a grind. See more »

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English

Release Date:

5 June 2005 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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As her character, Gigi, is supposed to have gained weight between the first and second seasons, for her reappearance in an episode of season two, Bayne Gibby was required to wear a fat suit. 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.
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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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Kudrow is Delighfully (and purposefully) Bad!
6 June 2005 | by konky2000See all my reviews

"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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