In a post-Friends universe, Lisa Kudrow has managed to orbit around the TV galaxy quite smoothly. From her savage Web Therapy romp to more dramatic outings, such as last season's arc on ABC's Scandal, Kudrow remains a TV darling.
News this week from Beverly Hills at the summer TV critics' press tour should make Kudrow fans happy—and critics for that matter. Kudrow, HBO and Michael Patrick King have become creative bedfellows again and will bring back The Comeback, the series that nabbed critical praise when it originally aired nearly 10 years ago on HBO.
The mockumentary revolves around befuddled star Valerie Cherish (Kudrow). In the new six-part second installment, which debuts in November and picks up 10 years after our first encounters with Val, the star has nabbed a job on—what's this?—an HBO series. How that actually happened will be intriguing to note although King, who originally created the series with Kudrow, promises it will realistic and that the story arc simply reveals a new way to get Valerie in front of the docu-camera, especially after she swerved into the abyss that was embarrassing reality TV.
The other big news: Nemesis Paulie G (Lance Barber) returns. Barber, of course, has turned heads in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and appeared in Californication.
It seems too soon to know, however, if after this outing there will be yet another Comeback. "It's really hard to say," noted HBO programming exec Casey Bloys.
Stay tuned ...