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On 'The Comeback' season 2, what new show has Valerie been cast in?

You’ve waited nine years, so what’s a few more weeks? HBO’s critically acclaimed but tragically canceled 2005 comedy The Comeback is upon us—a new eight-episode second season debuts Nov. 9 at 10 p.m. With plenty of buzz circulating about the return of Lisa Kudrow and Michael Patrick King’s cult favorite, EW can now reveal everything headed your way in The Comeback’s second coming. (Well, mostly—check out this week’s Fall TV Preview for the full scoop from our set visit.)

Set in 2014, season two finds desperate actress Valerie Cherish (Kudrow) cast in Seeing Red, a single-camera HBO dramedy written by her old nemesis Paulie G., the writer who all but terrorized her on the set of their 2005 sitcom Room & Bored. Fresh from his second stint in rehab, Paulie has written a dark HBO comedy loosely based on his behind the scenes struggles with drugs while working with Valerie on Bored.

“Valerie agrees to play it even though she’s probably playing the worst version of herself, because she thinks it will take her to the next level,” says co-creator King. “The closer Valerie gets to this heat, the more her life starts to fall apart.” Producer Dan Bucatinsky describes the season in a question: “What happens when a woman who is really interested in continuing to have cameras on her also winds up in one of the most challenging acting roles of her career?”

The nine years since the original Comeback have certainly changed Valerie—she’s less obliging and perhaps more out of touch than ever, even if she doesn’t realize it. “She has a vlog. She knows what tweeting is because she’s watched Housewives, and she’s pretty proud of her unimpressive number of followers. But she still doesn’t know what anything means,” laughs Kudrow. Val will encounter plenty of Hollywood faces familiar to 2014 viewers, but her world isn’t exactly star-studded—expect the likes of Lisa Vanderpump, Andy Cohen, and RuPaul among those who cross her path this year.

And what about the rest of the cast? 2014 will see big changes for everyone in Valerie’s life: ingénue Juna (Malin Akerman) is now a major film star; Chris (Kellan Lutz) is an action hero; publicist Billy (Bucatinsky) has moved up to the B-minus list, and he’s clashing with hairstylist Mickey (Robert Michael Morris) for the closest spot in Valerie’s inner circle; husband Mark (Damian Young) is feeling the strain of another decade of marriage; and producer Jane (Laura Silverman) is feeling the burn of a less accommodating Valerie. (Sorry, spider-eyes!)

As always, the real drive behind the new season isn’t just about putting Valerie into one tortured situation after another; The Comeback strives to reflect real trends in television. “What’s happening in television right now are dramedies being listed as comedies but maybe they’re not funny, movie stars doing limited series, behind the scenes footage for social media and web content… there’s a lot of the real thing within our fantasy, because that’s what we did last time,” says King. “It’s yet again an evolution in television, but it’s also an evolution in Valerie.”

When the series returns, viewers will be completely caught up on everything that’s been going on in Valerie’s life since we last left her in 2005, reeling from a Jay Leno appearance and surprised to find her reality show has been renewed for a second season (which is arguably Valerie’s greatest loss of all).

“What you’re going to see in the first episode is where Valerie’s been for nine years and how desperate she’s been, and what actually happened to her after The Comeback,” teases King. “If you like reality TV and you like Valerie, the opening is kind of like crack cocaine. Like Comeback crack.”

Pick up Entertainment Weekly‘s Fall TV Preview issue, on stands now.

IFC renews 'Maron'

Marc Maron isn’t done yet.

IFC has renewed Maron, the original comedy series, for a third season, with production set to begin this fall for 13 new half-hour episodes. Maron, which most recently followed Marc as he struggled to maintain a relationship, is set to return in the spring of 2015.

“I am very proud of both seasons of the show and thrilled we’re doing another one,” Marc Maron said in a press release. “Through all the episodes I can see the growth and evolution of the character, writing and comedy. I’m excited about getting back into the process. The character of Maron needs some work on and off screen and fortunately that’s what drives the show.”

Watch Abbi and Ilana of 'Broad City' get high and eat cereal

Broad City announced its January 2015 return in a way only Broad City could: with a video of Abbi and Ilana getting high and eating cereal over video chat. The video, which comes via Vulture, is the first of a web series called Hack into Broad City, and is pretty self explanatory—Abbi and Ilana pour themselves a variety of cereals, take hits, add milk, and then proceed to consume said cereal, marveling at their work.

It’s the joy of Broad City in its purest, most elemental form—just Abbi and Ilana hanging out. “It’s like an Epcot,” Abbi says of her bowls. “You know who would love this?” Ilana adds. “People who are starving.”

On the scene: PaleyFest's closing night reunites 'The Facts of Life' cast

PaleyFest’s Fall TV Previews wrapped Monday night with Fall Flashback: The Facts of Life 35th Anniversary Reunion, a celebration of the coming-of-age sitcom’s lasting legacy (as well as its upcoming nine-season box set, to be released in January).

The event, held at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, began with a screening of the season 2 episode “Cousin Geri,” which originally aired December 24, 1980. The episode explores Blair’s relationship with her cousin (played by Geri Jewell), a comedian who has cerebral palsy. It was framed by loud applause during the sitcom’s opening and closing credits, which nearly drowned out the show’s catchy theme song.

When the applause died down, the evening’s moderator—Entertainment Weekly senior west coast editor Danielle Nussbaum—took to the stage to introduce the night’s panelists: cast members Charlotte Rae, Mindy Cohn, Lisa Whelchel, and Nancy McKeon, who played Mrs. Edna Garrett, Natalie Green, Blair Warner, and Jo Polniazcek, respectively. READ FULL STORY

'Castle' cast gets slap-happy in season 6 gag reel

The cast of Castle has a certain way of showing love toward one another, and it seems to involve a slap in the face. In an exclusive look at the season six gag reel, which hits shelves today as part of the season six DVD set, Nathan Fillion and company show a little bit of love, potentially hurt one another, and just generally mess up their lines.

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Cheech and Chong reunited on the 'Dancing With the Stars' premiere

Read EW‘s full recap of Monday’s episode of Dancing With the Stars here.

It’s one thing for Tommy Chong to join Dancing With the Stars as the oldest contestant of the season at age 76, and it’s quite another for Cheech Marin to escort him onto the stage for his first dance number (in a car, of course). READ FULL STORY

'Revenge' first look: Watch the trailer for season 4

Sure, we’re all still recovering from that mind-numbing “Revenge” season 3 finale. But, if we’ve learned anything from Emily Thorne, Victoria Grayson and the rest of the Hamptons, it’s that we have to dust ourselves off and wipe away the blood fast, because revenge can’t wait.

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'The Flash': The fast story behind making a fast spinoff

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Everything about The Flash happened fast. Producers conceived of the spin-off just two months after Arrow premiered. They cast the first actor who auditioned to star. And now The Flash will debut on The CW on Oct. 7, just two years later, as one of fall’s most anticipated shows. The birth of TV’s fastest man alive was one of the fastest spin-offs ever made, and if you give us a couple quick minutes we’ll tell you just how it happened.

Creating: December, 2012, executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg were hard at work on the first season of Arrow, when Berlanti had an idea: Flash spin-off. Kreisberg recalls replying: “We just got our hands on this one!’” But The CW’s entertainment president Mark Pedowitz was on the same page. “They delivered on Arrow pretty quickly and the Flash is a DC character that never got his full due.” Plus, while Flash exists in the Arrow universe, the character had a creative bonus their buff bowman lacked — super-powers. Yet to pull off a spin-off, the producers needed perfect— READ FULL STORY

'New Girl' boss teases season full of sex

New Girl will be hitting the reset button on its fourth season, bringing the show back to basics without the messiness of Nick and Jess’ relationship bogging down the Fox comedy.

Instead, all six of the show’s main characters are now single, providing a new wealth of comedy as they attempt to get back out there with various incoming guest-stars. “If you’re an actor and you want to have sex with one of the New Girl cast members, call Liz Meriwether to figure it out,” the show’s creator jokes of the new season.

But does that mean Nick and Jess are done for good? And will Schmidt and Cece get back together? Below, Meriwether teases what’s in store for the ragtag sextet:

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'The Blacklist': Your one-minute refresher

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The Blacklist returns for its second season on Monday, Sept. 22 at 10 p.m. But before you dive into more secrets and lies, you should probably catch up on last year’s secrets and lies (pregnancy and all). Here’s a quick one-minute recap of everything you need to know:

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Original 'Flash' star will reprise her role on the new CW series

It’s been almost a quarter century since the CBS aired The Flash, a shortlived but fondly-remembered(-by-a-couple-people)(-including-yours-truly) attempt to tell an ongoing superhero saga on the small screen. In recent years, superpowered dramas have become quite common on television–to the point that DC Entertainment has a new Flash show launching this season on the CW, alongside network sibling Arrow and Fox’s Batman-minus-Batman prequel Gotham. READ FULL STORY

Elijah's on the hunt in the first photos from 'The Originals' season 2

When we left New Orleans, things were not looking good for the Original family. Not only was Hope gone, but Mikael back was, along with Esther and a mystery son. Plus, Francesca seemed to think she was “running things.” But if season 1 taught us anything, it’s that Klaus isn’t one to lose a fight and not kill somebody because of it.

In the first photos from the season 2 premiere, we get a glimpse at Ester and Finn(?) roaming the town, as well as a look at new hybrid Hayley, who’s hopefully getting a little guidance from the Original Hybrid. As for Elijah, he appears to be ridding a werewolf of his moonlight ring, but only after ridding him of his pulse. And as the season 2 trailer showed us, Marcel is keeping busy by building a new vampire army, which apparently means fighting in the rain.

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Scott Glenn joins 'Daredevil' cast as Matt Murdock's mentor

Casting announcements for Marvel’s first foray into Netflix, next year’s Daredevil, continue to roll out one by one. While many of the major players in Hell’s Kitchen have been cast, Marvel today announced who will play an  piece of Matt Murdock’s story: his mentor.

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