The Comeback - The Complete Only Season
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(HBO Comedy Series) Ten years ago she was TV's "It" girl. Now It's a different story. For Valerie Cherish, no price is too high to pay for clinging to the television spotlight. Lisa Kudrow stars as Valerie Cherish, a former B-list sitcom star so desperate to revive her career that she agrees to star in a reality television show called The Comeback.]]>
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However, The Comeback was more of a niche show; subtle, intelligent, willing to embrace pain, humiliation in a point blank fashion. Willing to embrace phases we tend to avoid: those difficult moments in life when somebody says something in which you are not quite sure how to respond, socially awkward situations. A series this intelligent and insightful can only appeal to a few. The great masses prefer simple minded fair to distract them or prefer to see lots of things exploding with lots of pyrotechnics kind of like Homer and Bart Simpson, who are caricatures of "Everyman" on the Street".
But as Valerie (Lisa's character says in one episode); Reality TV is becoming "Coliseum mentality" and that she doesn't do coliseums. Valerie feared her show would not fare well in such a world. This thought proved to be prophetic.
Lisa Kudrow graduated from Vassar College with a degree in Biology. She's an extremely intelligent woman although you might not think so with all the ditzy characters she has played like Phoebe and the Romy and Michelle HS Reunion character.
In The Comeback however, as the main character and as Executive Producer, her intelligence is allowed free rein, as she is allowed to fully develop this Valerie character into a lightning rod for all manner of ridiculous situations...Read more ›
The 2 disc set will include all 13 episodes from season 1, along with commentaries on 6 episodes, Valerie's DVD interview, and footage of Valerie backstage at Dancing with the Stars. Episodes on the set include:
<LI>The Comeback (Pilot) - Audio Commentary
<LI>Valerie Triumphs at the Upfronts - Audio Commentary
<LI>Valerie Bonds with the Cast - Audio Commentary
<LI>Valerie Stands Up for Aunt Sassy
<LI>Valerie Demands Dignity
<LI>Valerie Saves the Show
<LI>Valerie Gets a Very Special Episode
<LI>Valerie Relaxes in Palm Springs
<LI>Valerie Hangs with the Cool Kids - Audio Commentary
<LI>Valerie Gets a Magazine Cover
<LI>Valerie Stands Out on the Red Carpet - Audio Commentary
<LI>Valerie Shines Under Stress
<LI>Valerie Does Another Classic Leno - Audio Commentary
I think the humor is something you either get or don't get. It's pretty subtle most of the time. Lisa Kudrow can send me into a fit of laughter with one twinge of her face in a reaction shot. It took me a few episodes to get into it, but once I did I was hooked completely.
As some reviews have commented, there are times you don't know how to react. Valerie can bring out so many reactions. You feel sorry for her and want her to win, you're annoyed by her pretensions, laugh at her obliviousness, and warmed by the fact that she really is a good person at the heart of it all. She's such a complete character that Lisa Kudrow dissapears. I never once thought of Phoebe. It's great that "Valerie" does some commentary tracks. They are frequently as hilarious as the episodes themselves.
Kudrow is also helped by an amazing cast. Mickey is a great supporting character, always there with a great throwaway line, her husband is the perfect straight man to the absurdity of Valerie's existance, and special note must be made of Pauly G. He's got to be one of the best villains ever. He's so frustrating that you just have to cheer when... well, that'd be telling. It's a great moment.
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Even though I just discovered The Comeback a little over a year ago, I would say I've watched both seasons at least 4 times since. Read morePublished 5 hours ago by Jim Herman
It has it's moments, but fall short in some areas, entertaining for sure, just not quite there.Published 6 hours ago by Jack Murphy
So funny, I loved every single episode, I couldn't stop watchingPublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer