The stage is set for The Comeback to make a comeback. Yep, you read that right. HBO and The Comeback producers Michael Patrick King and Lisa Kudrow are in talks to revive the cult-hit series, according to reports.
Kudrow starred as Valerie Cherish, a former sitcom star who stages an acting comeback with a new sitcom and a reality star. Malin Akerman and Kellan Lutz also appeared in the original HBO series. Kudrow and King were both nominated for an Emmy for their work on the series. The show lasted for one season on HBO in 2005, but achieved cult status following its cancellation.
Deadline first reported on The Comeback's potential comeback.
Since its cancellation, the show's profile has grown. In 2013, Kudrow said she and King talk about the fate of Valerie Cherish. When viewers last saw her, her reality show debuted and was a hit.
"Every time we get together for lunch, we're talking about, ‘OK, so what would happen next?' So we are talking," Kudrow told Andy Cohen on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live. In her mind, Valerie is "taking classes at the Actor's Studio. Just because…We really want her to be on a Bravo show." King backed up Kudrow's lunch story in February 2014. "Lisa and I actually have had a couple of lunches lately where we've been missing Valerie and wondering where she'd be. That's just a creative exploration Lisa and I are doing," King told EW. "We care so much about Valerie and the work that we did that, in hindsight, felt so edgy. Lisa and I have been amusing ourselves, and maybe somebody else might be amused in the future."
The second season of The Comeback would be "Valerie getting what she wanted and what fresh hell that would be,"King said.
The return of The Comeback is apropos. Fellow cult-hit shows Arrested Development and Veronica Mars both returned to life, the former on Netflix, the latter with a movie.
The return of The Comeback is something we DO want to see.