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HBO's The Comeback was Lisa Kudrow's first major post-Friends role and the faux-reality-show comedy gained a lot of fans…after it was canceled. But as proof that there is a TV God (or just some smart people at HBO): It's coming back for a reunion season! So where has everyone been the past 10 years? After earning an Emmy nomination as aging sitcom starlet Valerie Cherish, Kudrow did a bunch of films, stepped behind the scenes for Who Do You Think You Are? and co-created and stars in the Showtime hit Web Therapy. Additionally, Kudrow recently had a critically acclaimed recurring role on Scandal, where she reunited with Comeback producer Dan Bucatinsky.
Once upon a time, Malin Akerman was a serial guest star actress with a few movie credits under her belt. On The Comeback, Akerman played Juna Millken, the up-and-coming star of Room and Bored, Valerie Cherish's comeback sitcom.
After The Comeback ended, Akerman returned to the big screen with roles in 27 Dresses, The Heartbreak Kid, Watchmen and Couples Retreat. She continued to work on the small screen with parts on How I Met Your Mother, Burning Love and Childrens Hospital, most recently headlining ABC's beloved (but canceled) Trophy Wife.
Before he (and his body) became known to the world thanks to Twilight, Kellan Lutz played Chris, one of the stars of Room and Bored. Lutz's other TV work includes Generation Kill, 90210, 30 Rock and Heroes. On the big screen—aside from Twilight—Lutz starred in Immortals, The Legend of Hercules and next up is The Expendables 3.
Robert Michael Morris is better known as Mickey, Valerie Cherish's best gay guy and hairdresser. Morris' first major role was The Comeback, before that he was teaching drama. Following The Comeback, Morris went on to co-star in Running Wilde opposite Will Arnett and Keri Russell. His other work includes guest spots on Arrested Development, Brothers and Sisters, How I Met Your Mother and 2 Broke Girls.
"Jane. Jane." Laura Silverman played the harried producer of The Comeback who was constantly at Valerie Cherish's side and being told not to use certain bits by the sitcom star. The sister of Sarah Silverman, Laura provides voices on Bob's Burgers and has also lent her voice to Home Movies, Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist and Adventure Time. She co-starred opposite her sister in The Sarah Silverman Program and appeared on House, Nurse Jackie and The King of Queens following her time on The Comeback.
Jason Olive played Jesse Wood, the other male lead on Room and Bored. The young actor was the subject of Mickey's desire, according to how Valerie's reality series was edited. After The Comeback, Olive guest starred on every CSI series, recurred on the new Melrose Place and on The Game. Olive currently stars in For Better or Worse as Joseph.
Kimberly Kevon Williams rounded out the Room and Bored cast as Shayne, the devout Christian and former Disney star. After the HBO series ended, Williams appeared on The Big Bang Theory, Private Practice and Days of Our Lives.
Robert Bagnell played Tom Peterman, one half of the creative team behind the fictional sitcom Room and Bored. The nicer part of the duo, Tom had a sense of what was right and wrong and seemed to care about Valerie's feelings…sometimes. After The Comeback, Bagnell guest starred on several shows including Monk, ER and Happy Endings. He recently popped up on Perception and starred in the web series Fetching.
As Paulie G., one of the creators of Room and Bored, Lance Barber played d-bag very well. His disdain for Valerie Cherish was palpable and he was part of one of the show's most memorable scenes when Valerie, dressed as a giant cupcake, punched him in the gut causing him to vomit. Then Valerie puked. Then we all laughed. Following The Comeback, Barber had roles on Gilmore Girls, Californication and United States of Tara. He recurs on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and recently provided a voice on Fox's Bob's Burgers.
Damian Young played Mark, Valerie's husband who never quite got comfortable with the cameras around. Following The Comeback, Young appeared on As the World Turns, in the Sex and the City movie and recurred on Damages. Recent roles include a gig on The Blacklist, Person of Interest and in Hope Springs.
Vanessa Marano, the star of ABC Family's Switched at Birth, played Franchesca, Valerie's fame-obsessed step-daughter on The Comeback. After her Comeback gig, Marano went on to roles on Gilmore Girls, The Young and the Restless and Dexter.
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