I went into "The Comeback" with somewhat of a reverse bias since I found "Friends" to be the most overrated sitcom in TV history and blame reality shows for the moral decay of modern society and totally despise them. But "The Comeback" skewers reality shows as well as giving viewers a delicious satire on behind-the-scenes Hollywood.
Lisa Kudrow plays Valerie Cherish, trying to make her big "comeback" on a new reality show that documents the early '90s sitcom star's struggle to land a new gig in a show called "Room and Bored".
Along for the ride are Val's put-upon businessman husband she affectionately calls Marky-Mark (Damian Young); her queeny hairdresser/best friend Mickey (Robert Michael Morris); and sweet, bubbly new young co-star Juna (Malin Akerman). Kellan Lutz ("Twilight") appears in one of his first acting jobs.
Though Valerie is over-the-top in her quest for fame and constantly over-estimates her own importance, Kudrow gives the character subtle shadings so that you really do care about her, and as a result develop a loathing for the despicable slob writer Paulie G. (Lance Barber) who constantly treats her like a sub-human.
Since Kudrow's been in the business long enough to know, I suspect that the line between satire and Hollywood reality became blurred and you have to wonder how much of this actually happens in real life.
A fun show that deserved a longer run and enjoyable even for non-Kudrow, non-reality fans. FOUR STARS.