When HBO made the uncharacteristic misstep of cancelling Lisa Kudrow’s 2005 ahead-of-its-time TV comedy The Comeback, fans were devastated. It has taken nine years – but the network finally rectified its poor decision last month – ordering a six episode second season for the Fall 2014 schedule.
Kellan Lutz, who is now a Hollywood heartthrob achieving fame with the Twilight franchise, as well as making a habit of getting his rocking body out on the cover of Mens Health has signed on for the new season, which will be executive produced by Michael Patrick King, best known for his work on Sex and the City. Malin Ackermann, who has since appeared in big-screen movies like The Proposal, Couples Retreat and Wanderlust, will reprise her role as Valerie’s much-younger actor friend, Juno Millken.
The shows original run in 2005 saw Valerie Cherish (played by Kudrow), a washed-up actress desperately trying to claw her way back into Hollywood’s inner circle, agreeing to film her life for a reality show while she played an embarrassing supporting role on a teen sitcom, Room and Bored.
The highly anticipated second season of the cult hit sees Cherish in a post-Real Housewives world, trying to stay relevant almost ten years later with Twitter, blogging and Bravo on her mind.
Patrick-King spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the return of its original stars, “What we’re doing with Malin and Kellan is following their actual trajectories. When we did The Comeback, they were brand new unknowns, and since that time they’ve both become movie stars”.
While the arc of the main character’s storyline has been kept under wraps, Kudrow, who is also an executive producer on the project, revealed the new season will see her character running into problems when finally getting the recognition she deserves, adding, “It was almost too fun to play Valerie the first time around. I look forward to revisiting the resilient and ironically self-unaware character”.
Watch a scene from the original series of The Comeback below.
© 2014 GCN (Gay Community News). All rights reserved.
comments. Please sign in to comment.