The Comeback (2005–2014)
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Valerie Is Taken Seriously 

As shooting for Seeing Red reaches its conclusion, Valerie faces the prospect of working a different director, an interview with a journalist from the New York Times and several other problems.


John Riggi


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lisa Kudrow ... Valerie Cherish
Lance Barber ... Paulie G.
Robert Michael Morris ... Mickey Deane
Laura Silverman ... Jane Benson
Damian Young ... Mark Berman
Vanya Asher ... Connor
Robert Bagnell ... Tom Peterman
Dan Bucatinsky ... Billy Stanton
Zoe Chao ... Shayna
Brian Delate ... Ron Wesson
David Hunt ... Will Parker
Mark L. Young ... Tyler Beck
Tim Bagley ... Frank
Doran Butler Doran Butler ... Bird
Stephanie Cannon ... Liz Novotny


A new director is hired to allow an over-stressed Paulie G to focus on writing. Seeing Paulie G on the verge of a breakdown, Valerie tries to persuade Tom to join his writing partner, but learns they haven't spoken in six years. HBO grants The New York Times an exclusive interview of Valerie, causing Billy to feel unappreciated and giving Valerie one more thing to worry about. Annoyed by the expanded presence of the crew at their home, Mark rents a house and moves out. Meanwhile, Valerie misinterprets early critical praise of her performance, and HBO considers converting Jane's content into a full-scale documentary. Written by Anon

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7 December 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Valerie Cherish: Billy, listen... don't cry at work. It's not professional.
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References Desperate Housewives (2004) See more »


Written by Dolores O'Riordan and Noel Hogan
Performed by Mike Hogan, Noel Hogan, Fergal Lawler, Dolores O'Riordan and The Cranberries
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back to my comfort zone..
26 July 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

The Comeback

The creators Michael Patrick King and Lisa Kudrow is deriving from an already established formula few steps ahead only to not end up with a definite answer. This Eric Rohmer-ness part of the series is what I adore. The rickety chair that this world hinges upon is, against all odds, balanced. Not fair, not sugar-coated, nor surrounded in the pathology that its characters tries to suppress, it is an adequate justice sentenced. The mockumentary theme has been around for a while and reasoning its way in, to the window that is framed as a part of narrative has to be and is pragmatic in here. Addition to that, the writing, the conversations, the small talks, is something that swoops us from the very beginning of the show.

It remains a reality show from head to toe for sure. Every last bit of its cookiness is sprinkled in the sneak peek of show business as an excuse of the character's nature and remains true to its tone throughout this exhaustive journey. It is exhausting, because it is intended to, plus following a character- literally- for this long ought to wear out the formulaic structure it bases the entire series upon. Enters Lisa Kudrow. Her overly hyped narcissistic version of attention seeking celebrity is a gold mine for any actor.

And carving out this character herself, she lives up to the vision she and her co-workers have imagined exceedingly making her the best asset of this show. And if the first season suffered the cliched diseases of such genre, the second one is a polished reboot that overcomes the limitation by first and foremostly dividing the perspective of her journey. Where actually then, supporting characters come under the limelight they deserved completing the series in a whole; The Comeback title stays meta.

Valerie Is Taken Seriously

I love how various new parts of a show business the series has managed to cover in this series. And mocking those all the aspects of this often cold world from all directions, the humor remains quirky and edgy marginally hovering around the darkness, it wishes to conjure whenever necessary.

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