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The complete series of the Emmy award-nominated comedy starring Lisa Kudrow. Valerie Cherish (Kudrow) was once TV's 'It Girl'. Now it's a different story - and she'll do anything to get back in the spotlight. Desperate for a comeback, she agrees to star in a new reality TV series, allowing cameras to follow her every move as she lands a part on a new network sitcom. Episodes comprise: 'The Comeback', 'Valerie Triumphs at the Upfronts', 'Valerie Bonds With the Cast', 'Valerie Stands Up For Aunt Sassy', 'Valerie Demands Dignity', 'Valerie Saves the Show', 'Valerie Gets a Very Special Episode', 'Valerie Relaxes in Palm Springs', 'Valerie Hangs With the Cool Kids', 'Valerie Gets a Magazine Cover', 'Valerie Stands Out on the Red Carpet', 'Valerie Shines Under Stress' and 'Valerie Does Another Classic Leno'.
How wickedly ironic--and delicious--that Lisa Kudrow's single season of The Comeback provided the talented actress with enough meat for her to be nominated for an Emmy--after the show was canceled by HBO. Kudrow went for the Anti-Phoebe role after the demise of Friends, demonstrating her spectacular acting chops and range of comic abilities. The show centered on Kudrow's playing an actress, once the ingénue of the moment, trying ever more desperately to get back into the limelight. The vehicle of choice: a reality "series" that follows Kudrow's Valerie Cherish into scenarios with the deck more than stacked against her. Kudrow's acid delivery and willingness to show Valerie's raw pain, ambition, and obsequiousness make for engrossing and poignant, if squirm-inducing, viewing. Valerie's fond memory of being on Leno: when a fellow guest's monkey unexpectedly relieves himself on her head. "It was a real water-cooler moment," she says, desperately spinning. "And you know, this was Leno's first year. So it was a real important show for him too!" The boxed set includes all 13 episodes and some yummy extras, including a new "interview" with Valerie Cherish, an appearance by Valerie backstage at Dancing with the Stars, and backstage dish with series creators Kudrow and Michael Patrick King. The series, though short-lived demonstrates why Kudrow is one of our most talented actresses; here's hoping for a succession of more Comebacks. --A.T. HurleySee all Product description
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13 episodes of around 25 minutes expose her as no longer centre stage but relegated to the sidelines, so few words in need of highlighting in her scripts.
Surely at least the reality show allows her more opportunities to exercise control? Instead the ubiquitous cameras intrude, painfully capturing the awkwardnesses and humiliations. Always she attempts a brave face, a beaming smile, but too often the eyes betray uncertainty and, at times, anguish.
Those expecting "Friends"-style comedy are in for a shock. For many this is a laughter-free zone, uncomfortably too close to how things really are. (Springing to mind are those in real life who had fleeting moments of fame, now masquerading as "celebrities" in shows seemingly keen to humiliate.)
As Valerie, Lisa Kudrow is superb, heart-achingly so. Worthy support comes from Damian Young as her long-suffering but supportive husband, he increasingly resenting the cameras dominating their lives. (One is even permanently in the bedroom, which seems really sick.) Particularly enjoyable is Robert Michael Morris as Valerie's loyal hairdresser, he full of camp flutterings.
Commentaries and bonuses. In one Valerie tries not to mind when voted down in a "celebrity" dance contest. (Again thoughts are provoked.)
A major surprise. Although axed by HBO in 2006 after just one season, the series reappeared in 2014 and has been signed up for a Season 3.
Like Valerie, the show is clinging on.
Unappreciated at the time, this devastating portrayal of television's tackier aspects deservedly grows ever more popular.
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