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TCA: HBO Does Its Best To Manage Expectations On ‘The Comeback’s Future

By | Thursday July 10, 2014 @ 6:06pm PDT

TCA: HBO Does Its Best To Manage Expectations On ‘The Comeback’s FutureVarious 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.”

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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.”

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Kellan Lutz & Malin Akerman To Return To HBO’s ‘Comeback’

By | Thursday June 5, 2014 @ 11:48am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

akerman lutzBesides star/co-creator Lisa Kudrow, Kellan Lutz and Malin Akerman are probably the biggest names among the alumni of HBO‘s cult comedy series The Comeback. After some juggling, I’ve learned that both are now set to reprise their roles as romantically linked Chris and Juna. None is expected to appear in all six episodes of the follow-up, which is in production for a premiere as a limited series this fall. The original show starred Kudrow as washed-up sitcom actress Valerie Cherish, who gets a reality show documenting her attempt at a career comeback. In the new episodes, Valerie will continue her search to attain the spotlight. Lutz, who has co-starred in two blockbuster feature franchises since Comeback, The Twilight Saga and The Expendables, will reprise his recurring role as Chris, one of the co-stars of Valerie’s comeback sitcom. Akerman, who toplined ABC’s comedy series Trophy Wife this past season, will reprise his regular role as Juna, who plays Val’s niece on the sitcom and sees her as a role model in real life. Lutz, who played the title role in The Legend Of Hercules, and Akerman are with WME; Lutz is also with Zero Gravity.

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Mark L. Young To Recur On ‘The Comeback’, Jonathan Scarfe In ‘Hell On Wheels’

By | Friday May 30, 2014 @ 6:23pm PDT

Mark L. Youngmarklyoung (We’re The Millers) has landed a recurring role on HBO‘s The Comeback. The six-episode followup to the cult 2005 comedy starring Lisa Kudrow is set to return this fall. The original show starred Kudrow as washed-up sitcom actress Valerie Cherish, who gets a reality show documenting her attempt at a career comeback. In the new episodes, Valerie will continue her search to attain the spotlight. Young, repped by CAA and Velocity Entertainment Partners, will play Tyler Beck, Valerie’s nephew and USC film student who is part of the camera crew shooting Valerie around Hollywood. Young can next be seen in features Tammy and The Curse Of Downers Grove.

scarfe3Jonathan Scarfe is set to heavily recur in the upcoming fourth season of AMCs Western drama series Hell On Wheels, from Entertainment One, Endemol USA and Nomadic Pictures. Scarfe, repped by Greene & Associates and More/Medavoy, will play Sydney Snow, an old war buddy to Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount), who has a knack for getting himself and others into sticky predicaments.

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It’s Official: ‘The Comeback’ Returns To HBO For Six-Episode Run This Fall

By | Monday May 5, 2014 @ 1:33pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

thecomebackHBO‘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.

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Creators Michael Patrick King and Kudrow return as executive producers along with Kudrow’s long-time producing partner, Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal). hbo45__130924185923-275x112King 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 »

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HBO Eyes Return Of Michael Patrick King/Lisa Kudrow Comedy ‘The Comeback’

By | Thursday March 20, 2014 @ 3:26pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Comeback Season 2 HBOAfter 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 »

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