Various parties have different versions of why HBO is bringing back its one-season comedy series The Comeback, whose last season in original episodes was 2005. Co-creator Michael Patrick King said he and co-creator/star Lisa Kudrow used to talk about lead character Valerie over the years and wondered what she was up to, but they never mentioned the idea of revisiting the show. “It was too much of an emotional risk,” Kudrow told TV critics attending TCA Summer TV Press Tour. “Even to say it,” King chimed in. “Then we got a call from HBO to talk about it.”
HBO EVP Casey Bloys explained he’d been a fan of the show but, when some member of the media attending the Press Tour suggested there had been a “groundswell” of viewer support for the idea of bringing back the comedy, he responded, “I wouldn’t say ‘groundswell.’” Instead, he explained, “HBO is in a different place than it was nine years ago, and we have the room to bring it back, and the future of the network does not depend on the show.” Where we come from, this is known as “damning with faint praise.”
HBO‘s The Comeback is set for a comeback. HBO has completed deals for a second installment of the cult 2005 comedy starring Lisa Kudrow, which will run as a six-episode limited series this fall. Production is set to begin in LA this month.
Creators Michael Patrick King and Kudrow return as executive producers along with Kudrow’s long-time producing partner, Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal). King and Kudrow will write the new season with Amy B. Harris and John Riggi. Set to re-join Kudrow are The Comeback co-stars Lance Barber, Bucatinsky, Robert Michael Morris, Laura Silverman and Damian Young. Noticeably missing from the list is Malin Akerman, who also was on the 2005 series. Read More »
After Netflix resurrected Arrested Development, another cult 2000s comedy, HBO‘s The Comeback, is eyeing a comeback. I’ve learned that HBO is in discussions with the series creators/executive producers Michael Partick King, who also served as director, and Lisa Kudrow, who toplined the show, about doing a new installment almost a decade after the first season. I hear it is being envisioned as a limited/event series. Comeback, which debuted in June 2005, was a docu-style single-camera comedy starring Kudrow as washed-up sitcom actress Valerie Cherish, who gets a reality show documenting her attempt at a career comeback with a role on a new sitcom. The series, whose cast included Malin Akerman, didn’t go beyond the 13-episode first season, which earned three Emmy nominations, including a lead actress nom for Kudrow and a directing nom for King. Like Fox’s single-camera comedy Arrested Development, which aired at the same time, Comeback was considered to be ahead of its time. While it didn’t get a lot of traction during its original run, Comeback quickly achieved cult status, with fans still buzzing about it. The Comeback, which King and Kudrow executive produce with Kudrow’s producing partner at Is or Isn’t Entertainment Dan Bucatinsky, also has earned posthumous critical praise, landing on a number of lists of the best/most underrated comedy series of the last decade. Viewers are far more used to the style and pace of shows like The Comeback and Arrested Development now with a slew of series that also include another TV industry satire toplined by a former Friends star, Matt LeBlanc’s Showtime comedy Episodes. Read More »
2ND UPDATE, 10:59 AM: So maybe no one told Lisa Kudrow that the legal system could be this way, but she’s not done with her Friendsresiduals battle with former manager Scott Howard yet. “The jury’s verdict is merely one step in the legal process,” Kudrow’s lawyer Gerald Sauer told me today about the roughly $1.6 million decision in Howard’s favor this morning. “This case ultimately will be resolved at the appellate level. Ms. Kudrow has faith in the judicial system, and she believes that the eventual outcome of this contractual dispute will be in her favor.” At least we know Sauer will be there for Kudrow.
UPDATE 12:08 PM: If Kudrow does aim to appeal, Howard’s lead attorney says bring it on. “What generally happens now with unsophisticated actress clients is they overpay for filing a frivolous appeal that has no chance for success,” said Mark Baute to me today. “The verdict is rock solid, and we look forward to collecting 10 percent, $16,000 a month, in post-judgment interest while their frivolous appeal is pending. We will collect that interest for two years, which is how long it will take for the Court of Appeal to affirm this jury’s righteous verdict.” Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: A Friend-ly gladiator is joining the gang on Shonda Rhimes’ hot Washington DC drama Scandal. Friends alumna Lisa Kudrow has been tapped for a recurring role on the ABC series’ upcoming third season. In typical Shonda fashion, details about Kudrow’s character are kept under wraps, but I’ve learned that she plays a politician. On the Kerry Washington-starring drama, Kudrow is joining her long-time producing partner Dan Bucatinsky, who received an Emmy nomination for his recurring role as Cyrus’ (Jeff Perry) long-suffering husband. This marks Kudrow’s biggest series acting commitment in a long time. Since the end of Friends and her follow-up series, the cult HBO comedy The Comeback, Kudrow has been focused on producing as well as her online-turned-TV improv show Web Therapy.
EXCLUSIVE:Showtime has picked up a third season of Lisa Kudrow’s online-turned-television comedy seriesWeb Therapy. Kudrow stars as Fiona Wallice, the self-professed and self-serving psychotherapist who treats patients for three minutes via webcam. Like Season 2, Season 3 will likely be comprised of at least 10 half-hour episodes.
Web Therapy attracts a myriad of A-listers as guest stars. Confirmed so far for Season 3 are Kudrow’s Friends cohort Matt LeBlanc, star of Showtime’s comedy Episodes; Meg Ryan; and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: CAA has signed Lisa Kudrow and will also rep her production company Is or Isn’t Entertainment, which Kudrow co-founded with actor/writer Dan Bucatinsky. The Friends star and her company most recently has been responsible for Showtime’s internet-turned-TV comedy series Web Therapy, which she stars in, and the NBC alternative series Who Do You Think You Are? Kudrow had been repped by WME.
Showtime has picked up a second season of Lisa Kudrow’s online-turned-television comedy series Web Therapy. Kudrow stars as Fiona Wallice, the self-professed and self-serving psychotherapist who treats patients for three minutes via webcam. Season 2 will be comprised of at least 10 half-hour episodes. It will air on the network in 2012 and include the arc with Meryl Streep, which ran on the online version of the improv comedy series last year. “We are thrilled that Showtime will air more of the half-hour format of Web Therapy, we really love this version of the show,” Kudrow said. “Of course, we are over the moon that Meryl Streep will be in this coming season. She was effortlessly hilarious and it’s a great story. We have Lily Tomlin back who is ALWAYS fantastically funny. Conan O’Brien is beyond, fantastic, he’s a perfect improviser. We’re honestly giddy over the people we have for this season.” Read More »
Lisa Kudrow, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bieber were among the winners announced today of the annual Webby Awards, which recognize the best in Internet entertainment. Fifteen individuals took three or more honors, with humor Web site Funny Or Die leading the way with eight wins. Agency of the Year Wieden + Kennedy won both the Webby Award (voted on by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences) and the People’s Voice Award (voted on by fans) for the social-media campaign staring Isaiah Mustafa as the “Old Spice Guy.” Winners will be presented with their awards at a ceremony June 13 in New York. The Academy is comprised of Web-industry experts, including Internet co-inventor Vinton Cerf, Arianna Huffington, Federated Media founder John Battelle and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.
It may have been ahead of its time and may have faced a premature death on HBO but now the pay cable network’s short-lived comedy series The Comeback starring Lisa Kudrow is getting a second lease of life on Sundance Channel, which has acquired basic cable rights to the show. Created by Kudrow and Sex and the City creator Michael Patrick King, The Comeback will make its Sundance Channel premiere on November 23 and will run all 13 produced episodes. Shot in the style of a reality show, The Comeback follows sitcom actress Valerie (Kudrow) through her home life and her career resurgence.
Here it is: an exclusive first peak at Meryl Streep’s guest arc on Lisa Kudrow’s imrov comedy web series Web Therapy, in which the Oscar winner plays a sexual orientation therapist. The first of Steep’s 3 episodes premieres Monday, Nov. 8, the second Nov. 10 and the third Nov. 12 on Lexus’ LStudio.com.
Web Therapy, created by Kudrow, her producing partner Dan Bucatinsky and writer-director Don Roos, stars Kudrow as Fiona Wallice (Kudrow), a therapist of unspecified credentials who treats people via web cam and whose husband Kip may be gay. Streep plays renowned counselor Camilla Bowner who specializes in “restoring men to their natural straight state.” Camilla blames Fiona for her husband Kip’s resistance to the female form and uses everything from talk therapy, aversion therapy and ultimately her own brand of “Healing Touch” treatment to get him “back on track.”
The guest stint stems from a chance encounter between Streep and Kudrow at an event, in which Streep mentioned that she found Web Therapy funny. While the former Friends star says the complement was more than enough for her, she also asked Streep if she would want to do the show. “She said I’d love to do it, and she really did do it,” Kudrow said. Roos came up with the character of Camilla and soon Kudrow and Streep were filming scenes together. “It was heaven in every way, shape and form,” Kudrow said. “She came in with the character, she is no nimble so smart, really funny and hilarious improvising.”
EXCLUSIVE: It seems like the great Meryl Streep is heading to the Web with a stint on Lisa Kudrow’s popular Internet series Web Therapy. I hear that the Oscar-winning actress quietly shot a three-episode arc on the series’ upcoming batch of fresh episodes, which LStudio is expected to launch soon. Details about her character are sketchy but word is she is playing a counselor. Streep has been in such great demand in features (she recently signed to do Michael Patrick King’s new comedy at Universal) that she rarely does anything else, with the exception of an occasional prestige longform TV project such as HBO’s Angels in America. The Webby-winning improv comedy series Web Therapy, created by Kudrow, her producing partner Dan Bucatinsky and writer-director Don Roos, stars Kudrow as Fiona Wallice, a therapist of unspecified credentials. In April, Showtime picked up the produced webisodes of Web Therapy to air as a half-hour series on the pay cable network.