The Comeback

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HBO Eyes Resurrection of Lisa Kudrow's The Comeback

Lisa Kudrow

Lisa Kudrow's The Comeback might make a ... comeback.

HBO is reportedly in discussions with series creators Michael Patrick King and Kudrow about resurrecting the comedy for a second season... read more

Friends Alum Lisa Kudrow Joining Scandal

Lisa Kudrow

OPA has scored a friend.

Lisa Kudrow has landed a recurring gig on the upcoming third season of Scandal, has confirmed.

As first reported by, Kudrow will play... read more

Lisa Kudrow on Her Cable-TV Comeback, Web Therapy

Lisa Kudrow, Web Therapy

Fiona Wallice is affected, self-entitled and narcissistic. She is a former businesswoman who stumbled into therapy and then when she found other people's lives too tedious to tolerate, she modified her job into a new "treatment modality," she calls "Web Therapy." Give her three minutes and she'll give you ... something, even if it's just further confusion.

Fiona is the character Lisa Kudrow developed alongside Don Roos and partner Dan Bucatinsky for Web Therapy, an Internet series that bowed on L/Studio in three-minute bursts in 2008, and has now been converted into a cable series for Showtime by combining webisodes and fleshing out previously unseen aspects of Fiona's personal life.

At the show's heart is Kudrow, who spends nary a minute off-screen. Web Therapy (Tuesday, 11/10c, Showtime) finds Kudrow doing that thing that is uniquely hers...
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Kudrow's Comeback: "We Don't Feel Done"

Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback

For those of you who Valerie Cherish'd HBO's The Comeback, here something to make you say, "I wanna see that!" The single-season look at a onetime sitcom queen's bid for a return to fame arrives on DVD this week, complete with extras, including an update on the horrific role Val has since been offered and a look at her Dancing with the Stars stint. spoke with cocreator Lisa Kudrow, Emmy-nominated for playing the hapless actress, about her ongoing Comeback, Valerie's A-list "Angel" of a fan, and Madonna stealing her hair. read more

David's question predicting ...

Question: David's question predicting the best drama series Emmy mentioned Six Feet Under being out of the running. I thought that since Season 5 aired in the summer of 2005, it would still be eligible for this year. I hear so much about Lisa Kudrow's The Comeback getting nods, even though it aired at roughly the same time. And although it's out of sight/out of mind, SFU should be shown some Emmy love, at least with nominations for "All Alone" (the aftermath of Nate's death) or "Everyone's Waiting" (the series finale). Answer: Yes, I suppose I should have clarified that. An oversight, or maybe I was in denial, hoping everyone would just forget about the show and let more deserving applicants make the cut (even the last season of West Wing). That wildly overpraised final episode, in which it looked like most of the Fishers would die of boredom in the future, could easily rack up some nominations for the series, if not the cast. I'm thinking The Sopranos and maybe even read more

The Oscar voters seem to go ...

Question: The Oscar voters seem to go out of their way to nominate the "little guys." Felicity Huffman was nominated for Transamerica even if the movie made less than $3 million at the box office. Why can't it be the same for the Emmys? If the Oscar voters were anything like Emmy voters, then Crash or Brokeback Mountain wouldn't even be on the list of nominations. I am especially nervous about the category for best actress in a comedy: I agree with you that Marcia Cross deserves to win. She makes the transition from a psychotic alcoholic to a caring mother look so freakin' easy! Unfortunately, I have a feeling that Teri Hatcher will also be nominated. She's a great actress, but there are actresses who are more deserving. Huffman is always great, but this season of Desperate Housewives belonged to Cross. Mary-Louise Parker will probably get nominated, too. Other nominees I'd like to see are Lisa Kudrow — sadly, I think the Emmy voters might pass on her, and though she was on HBO, her ... read more

How can Lauren Graham get ...

Question: How can Lauren Graham get nominated for an Emmy in the comedy category when all of her best scenes this season are dramatic (i.e., the car scene in the final episode)? Do you think Desperate Housewives will sweep the nominations once again? I can probably live with two or three nominated wives, but taking four spots is kind of pushing it. In a sense I think Lauren has a great chance of being nominated because Emmy favorites Patricia Heaton and Sarah Jessica Parker are no longer contenders, and because the Housewives aren't as dominant as they used to be. However, she may not get nominated just because this has been the most dramatic (and least comedic) season of Gilmore Girls — although she did get nominated for a TCA this year. I don't get it. Answer: Lauren Graham falls between the cracks in so many ways: between comedy and drama, and being on a network, now defunct, that almost never could find its way onto the Emmy radar. The category is a little more wide-open this year, ... read more

Our Dream Emmy Ballot

This could be the year the Emmys finally get it right. For the first time ever, a blue-ribbon panel will play a key role in determining who gets nominated in the major categories. The goal? To even the playing field between stalwarts like The West Wing and Will & Grace and smaller shows like Battlestar Galactica and Gilmore Girls. While we at TV Guide applaud such an approach, we can't leave anything to chance. That's why for the fifth year running, we present you with who we think should be recognized when nominations are announced on July 6. So when your ballots begin to arrive in the mail next week, keep this issue handy and feel free to copy off of us. We won't tell.Best Comedy Arrested DevelopmentEntourageEverybody Hates Chris My Name Is EarlScrubs Although late, lamented Development still couldn't get arrested in the Nielsens, prime-time comedy remained a laughing matter, with Entourage gaining confidence and Scrubs defying the odds in its sixth season by hitting a new cre... read more

What does Marcia Cross need ...

Question: What does Marcia Cross need to do in order to win an Emmy? Cross' Bree is the best character on Desperate Housewives, and even in boring episodes, her performance alone is enough to carry the show. On Housewives' first year, Teri Hatcher outdid Cross on every award show, then Felicity Huffman took the Emmy podium and Marcia's chances were destroyed once again. Nevertheless, I believe that her performance is not only funny but also dramatic and creepy at the same time. There has never been such a great, compelling role written for a woman. For example, during Rex's funeral Marcia communicated a truthful emotion by worrying about her dead husband's tie, and after changing it in the middle of the service, her face and words reflected a pure and honest love. On the next episode, Marcia delivered another amazing scene, slapping her mother-in-law in front of Lynette. Bree goes from funny to sincere, mixing some dark feelings and true perfection every time she appears. Marcia Cross ... read more

Curb Star Is Now Big Girl on Campus

Campus Ladies' Christen Sussin, Carrie Aizley and (inset) Cheryl Hines

Curb Your Enthusiasm player Cheryl Hines is going back to school — the fictional University of the Midwest — as executive producer of Oxygen's new improvised comedy series, Campus Ladies (premiering Jan. 8 at 10 pm/ET). Starring Carrie Aizley and Christen Sussin as Joan and Barri, two middle-aged housewives in search of the wild college years they missed the first time around, Campus Ladies represents one of Oxygen's most daring endeavors ever. spoke with Hines about the series' origins, May-December sex and whether Curb fan read more

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Premiered: June 05, 2005, on HBO
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Premise: A reality-TV crew tracks former sitcom star Valerie Cherish as she tries to jump-start her career, a mission (nearly) impossible when she tries to balance her home life with a new TV show. `Comeback' star Lisa Kudrow (`Friends') and Michael Patrick King (`Sex and the City') are the executive producers.



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