Nine years later, Lisa Kudrow is back as Valerie Cherish in HBO’s comedy The Comeback. Apparently both the folks at HBO, Kudrow and co-creator Michael Patrick King were thinking about what Valerie would be doing now and decided to revive the comedy for a six-episode limited series.
Kudrow thinks “the show is still the same as it was nine years ago.” King added that “the DNA is the same…the DNA we liked about Valerie is her in front of the camera. We tried to reflect what was going on last time (the birth of reality television) and this time we wanted to evolve and now it’s a behind the scenes crew, not a reality crew.”
When asked who brought up the idea of bringing The Comeback, back first, Kudrow said “It would be too much of an emotional risk to even say it [to bring the show back]. We’re just really grateful that we get to pick it up again…and keep people up to date on what’s happening and to do it again. We loved doing it so very much!”
King added that they were “both so thrilled to be back at HBO – the reason it was polarizing was because it was allowed to be this original thing ten years ago.”
Casey Bloys, EVP of Programming, said “HBO is in a different place than it was nine years ago and we had room to bring it back. It felt like the right time, for us and for these guys.”
Michael Patrick King, who also serves as executive producer, likes the gap between the first season and this offering. “We got to bring back all of the character who we thought were essential.” He added that “they’d never seen a female character doing this to herself nine years ago, and since then there’s been the Real Housewives.”
The Comeback premieres in November. You can watch the first season on HBO Go.
HBO Synopsis: “B level” TV star Valerie Cherish was a pioneer of reality television. Now, It’s ten years later – there’s more TV than ever and she wants back in. Lisa Kudrow (Emmy® winner for “Friends”) stars as the embattled Valerie Cherish, a fading TV “It Girl” who was once so desperate to stay in the spotlight that she allowed cameras to follow her every move as she appeared on a new sitcom – with disastrous results. When the comedy series THE COMEBACK returns as a new six-episode limited series, Valerie thinks she has it all figured out this time. She doesn’t. From Michael Patrick King (Emmy® winner for HBO’s “Sex and the City”) and Lisa Kudrow, who will serve as executive producer along with her producing partner, Dan Bucatinsky (Emmy® winner for “Scandal”).