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.
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 Friends residuals 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.”
EXCLUSIVE: Showtime has picked up a third 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. 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.
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.”
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 …