Lisa Kudrow’s short-lived mockumentary series The Comeback is heading back to the small-screen in November after being off air for over 9 years.
If you haven’t seen the first season of The Comeback and don’t want any spoilers, we suggest you stop reading now. If you want to hear our thoughts on the new season then keep reading.
The Comeback was cancelled by HBO after only one season consisting of 13 episodes leaving fans disappointed. The show was ahead of its time and we were delighted when it was announced earlier this year that it would be coming back for a 6-episode second season.
Rumours suggest that if the show is successful it could continue past the limited new season and we have everything crossed as Valerie Cherish (Lisa Kudrow) is comedy gold. When we last saw Valerie she made yet another memorable appearance on The Jay Leno Show and her relationship with the team behind her new sitcom Room and Bored was disintegrating quickly.
Ahead of the show returning in the US in November (and likely on Sky Atlantic HD in the UK soon after), we’ve put together a list of things we want when it returns.
1. Plenty of classic Valerie moments. Ok so this is likely a given but we want moments that top the classics from the first season like the ‘I don’t need to see that’ late night rehearsals, the muffin/vomit scene and Valerie recording a version of Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive. We still laugh at these regularly!
2. More Valerie and Paulie G (Lance Barber) conflict. Who can forget the way that Paulie G treated Valerie over the course of the season? Ever the professional Valerie almost managed to keep her cool but with Paulie back for the second season, we can’t wait to see their hatred of one another go to new places.
3. The return of Juna (Malin Akerman) and Chris (Kellan Lutz). We know these two will be back in some capacity and it’ll be interesting to see how Valerie copes with the success both of her young protégés have had. In the first season Valerie saw herself as a mentor to Juna but now Juna may be a much bigger star than Valerie. Will the condescending advice carry on? We’re sure it will.
4. Mickey (Robert Michael Morris)! Valerie’s hairdresser and friend stole many moments over the course of the first season and came out of the closest in the season finale (like we didn’t already know!) We can’t wait to see what Mickey is doing now and if he’s still as close to Valerie as ever.
5. The fate of Room and Bored. With the show having taken place 9 years ago, it’s clear that Valerie and the cast will all have moved on by now. We want to find out what happened to the show. Last we saw the ratings were poor and the show on hiatus.
6. Valerie’s professional life over the past 9 years. We want to know what the ever optimistic Valerie has been doing since we last saw her. Has she been riding on the wave of the double-vomit buzz or did her fame fizzle out and her reality show get cancelled?
7. The return of Jane (Laura Silverman) to aid Valerie’s latest project. It’s safe to say that Jane put up with a lot of crap from Valerie in the first season but the conflict between the two was pretty funny. We especially liked the moments where Jane tried to direct Valerie for the pieces to camera. Can she be enticed back to work with Valerie again?
8. Plenty of un-PC jokes. Every time we watch the episode where Valerie makes a Korean BBQ joke we laugh and gasp in equal measure. Poor Valerie is harmless enough and her heart is in the right place but when she puts her foot in it she does it spectacularly. We hope there are plenty of foot in mouth moments to come.
9. A look at Valerie’s homelife now. After being painted as an irresponsible parent to her step-daughter Francesca (Vanessa Marano) we want to see how Valerie interacts with her family 9 years on. Her long-suffering husband Mark (Damian Young) is back for sure but is their marriage as strong as ever? There’s suggestions they could be on the rocks…
10. Valerie to win. No one can look adversity in the face and carry on regardless like Valerie Cherish. She was humiliated, mocked and degraded throughout the first season of The Comeback and we think it’s time she showed everybody and won. Sure she may have got lucky with I’m It all those years ago but there’s something about Valerie that makes you want her to succeed.
The Comeback returns in the US this November with a UK transmission to be confirmed.