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HBO's bringing back its 2005 comedy series "The Comeback," starring Lisa Kudrow, Kellan Lutz, Dan Bucatinsky, and Malin Ackerman. Here's what to expect from the show for its 2014 premiere.
The comedy series "The Comeback" isn't only coming back to HBO in November—it'll also chronicle Valerie Cherish's second big break on an HBO show.
So very meta, but that's what "The Comeback" has always been about. Starring co-creator Lisa Kudrow as zany washed-up sitcom actress Cherish, the original 2005 run of the series acted as footage for a reality show-within-a-show following the aging Cherish's return to TV in young sexy sitcom starrting Malin Ackerman and Kellan Lutz, which was a show-within-a-show-within-a-show. (Got it?)
Last time we saw Cherish, she achieved her second "Classic Leno" appearance on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." But a lot has changed since that series finale in 2005—Jay Leno is no longer host of her beloved "Tonight Show," social media is everywhere, and reality show antics are the norm.
"The DNA that we liked was Valerie in front of the camera," King said. "This time we found a new way to get her in front of the camera...we wanted to evolve the character to where we are now in TV."
So for "The Comeback's" limited six-episode run in 2014, Kudrow and co-creator Michael Patrick King will up the meta quotient even further: Cherish will be cast in an HBO dramedy. The cameras following her this time will be a fancy network behind-the-scenes crew. We wonder if that means no more shaky cam or weird bedroom spy cams, and if this means Cherish will have a Instagram account or a YouTube channel.
In addition to Kudrow, Kellan and Ackerman are set to return as "meta versions of themselves as bigger stars" said King, along with "Scandal" actor and "Comeback" executive producer Dan Bucatinsky as Cherish's publicist Billy. Even the pesky Paulie G., Cherish's nemesis, has been back on set, as well as Laura Silverman as the often heard, but not seen Jane.
But has Valerie Cherish changed at all in nine years?
"She’s spiritually evolved," King said during HBO’s press tour session. "She’s figured out what happened to her and she’s come to a place where she’s okay with that."
Kudrow agreed: "Things happen after nine years to human beings to make them slightly different and make mistakes a little different and make their reaction to things a little different."
After the show's cancellation in 2005, King and Kudrow would still talk about Cherish, wondering what the attention-starved fictional actress would be up to these days. But they never talked about reviving the series, until HBO reached out to them.
“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," said HBO executive vice president Casey Bloys.
There are no current plans for a third season, but King and Kudrow aren't ruling anything out.
"We didn’t build it as a series," Bloys said. "It could happen, maybe. It’s hard to say. If it does fantastic and everybody loves it."
We hope so! But what King and Kudrow do know is that Cherish won't perish in the manner of that other popular HBO show, "Game of Thrones."
"No! Valerie doesn’t die!" King said. "Why would she? She’s an actress."
"It’s not 'Game of Thrones,'" Kudrow followed.
Can't wait'til November? Check out some behind-the-scenes photos from the cast and crew below!
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