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'Comeback' Won't Be Coming Back

(Posted September 20, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

LOS ANGELES ( HBO is well-known for standing by series it likes, even if critical acclaim and ratings for those shows don't reach great heights. Heck, even "The Mind of the Married Man" got a second season.

That won't be the case, however, for "The Comeback." HBO has decided not to renew the comedy, which starred Lisa Kudrow ("Friends") as a one-time sitcom star who, in a desperate bid to regain her former stardom, agrees to let reality-show cameras follow her.

Critics hammered the show, co-created by Kudrow and "Sex and the City" veteran Michael Patrick King, on its release this summer, and it debuted to pretty small audiences, struggling to get past a million viewers in some weeks. It picked up some critical love later in its run, but ratings stayed relatively flat.

In "The Comeback," Kudrow played Valerie Cherish, a 40ish actress who had a minor sitcom hit in the 1990s and agrees to let a reality-show crew tail her as a prerequisite to being cast in a pilot called "Room and Bored." The show then followed the myriad humiliations Valerie endured, always cheerfully on the surface, in the process of making both shows.

In a statement, HBO praises the "uniquely original" show but says a second season of "The Comeback" was more than it could handle.

"We've looked at our schedule," the network says, "and given our future commitments, we felt we would not be able to give the show the support it needed."

Source: Zap2it

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