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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.

Valerie Cherish wants another take in new 'The Comeback' teaser

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After nine years off the air, The Comeback is coming back to town.

HBO released a brief teaser lauding the series return of the 2005 comedy about aging Hollywood D-lister Valerie Cherish (Lisa Kudrow) and her aim for a return to glory.

While it seems that Cherish gained a modicum of reality-television-derived fame in the first season, the teaser implies that Cherish is still pushing for resonance in a swarm of paparazzi to the chants of “Give her another take!” It is yet another piece of meta commentary on the fact that HBO decided to give the critically acclaimed show another “take” nearly a decade after its cancellation.

The Comeback is set to return in November with a six-episode limited series.

Watch the teaser below:

Lisa Kudrow on 'The Comeback' revival: Could there be even more?

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Valerie Cherish is coming back. But could she come back yet again?

HBO’s short-order Comeback revival doesn’t air until November, yet critics are already wondering if the limited series could be the start of a full series revival. Co-creator Michael Patrick King and star Lisa Kudrow told the Television Critics Association press tour on Thursday that the six episodes will have a fully contained story with a beginning, middle and end.

“Even when we did the first season, we ended like it was contained,” King said. “This felt like a very full experience…I’m not sure how we did it this time.” And HBO comedy executive Casey Bloys says the show’s return deal was made for this one stint, without an option locking in King and Kudrow for a potential second round.

That said… READ FULL STORY

'The Comeback': First look, plus details on who's returning for season 2 -- EXCLUSIVE

HBO’s The Comeback is coming back, and we’ve got details that we need to know are being heard, Jane. What will our favorite former sitcom star Valerie Cherish be up to when the series returns after nine years off the air?

“Valerie does get in the spotlight, which is what she always reached for, but we found a unique way of telling the story about what can happen when you get something you want,” says co-creator Michael Patrick King. Earlier this year, HBO invited him and Comeback co-creator/star Lisa Kudrow to revive their canceled reality satire, which followed a faded D-lister desperate for attention. King and Kudrow contemplated the offer — to do either a one-shot movie or a limited series — and opted to stick with the original show’s DNA, bringing Valerie back for a six-episode second season set to air this fall. READ FULL STORY

'The Comeback' officially coming back to HBO this fall

Well, she finally got it.

After months of rumors and speculation, HBO officially announced Monday that The Comeback will be returning to the network for a six-episode limited series this fall. The 2005 series followed Lisa Kudrow as D-list TV star Valerie Cherish trying desperately to make a career comeback while filming a reality show. Production will begin later this month in Los Angeles with Michael Patrick King (Sex in the City), Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal), and Kudrow all reprising their roles as executive producers. READ FULL STORY

Michael Patrick King talks the future of 'The Comeback' -- EXCLUSIVE

If you blinked between June 5 and September 4, 2005, you might have missed one of the funniest TV shows to ever grace premium cable. Though it aired in a primo time slot right after Entourage, HBO’s meta-reality series The Comeback never garnered the numbers to save itself from cancellation doom, and so after 13 riotous episodes, the first season of the Lisa Kudrow comedy also became its last.

“In the beginning, my joke was that The Comeback fans were like the early Christians — they were small groups hidden in caves who knew there was a message but they were afraid to get it out,” says Michael Patrick King (of Sex and the City fame), who co-created the series with the show’s star Kudrow, in her first major TV role since Friends ended in 2004.

Kudrow starred as Valerie Cherish, a washed-up actress who allowed her quest for fame to be filmed for a reality show called The Comeback. Valerie’s reluctant acceptance of the invasive cameras in her home spelled out her sheer desperation to be back in the spotlight again (her network show I’m It! was a three-year hit before it, too, was canceled). Throughout the season, viewers began to see the horribly depressing but somehow hilarious struggle of a woman who faced Hollywood through a gritted smile as she desperately tried to stave off the inevitability that she was becoming a joke (she earns pseudo-redemption when she’s cast on a sitcom about four sexy singles… as frumpy supporting cast member Aunt Sassy). READ FULL STORY

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