The Comeback: Kudrow's back
Posted May 24, 2005 @ 11:47 AM
Posted May 24, 2005 @ 12:49 PM
HBO - The Comeback
Posted May 26, 2005 @ 2:37 PM
But personally I think Kudrow is too smart for that. Which is why I'm especially interested in seeing whatever project she's chosen as first major post-Friends show. I've always been impressed with her and the way she carries herself. Did anyone see her on Ellen today?
Posted May 26, 2005 @ 3:12 PM
ETA: Thanks, osculate. I didn't know that about MPK!
Edited by hoodooznoodoooz, Jun 6, 2005 @ 2:55 PM.
Posted May 26, 2005 @ 3:22 PM
Posted Jun 2, 2005 @ 1:45 PM
I never got the impression that Michael Patrick King likes to ridicule women. I read an article in Entertainment Weekly where he talks about his obsession with reality tv - he kind of sounded like a funny guy to hang out with.
Eitherway, I'm definitely watching on Sunday.
Posted Jun 5, 2005 @ 9:16 PM
While the whole leaking pipe "It" wall thing was somewhat predictable, I really liked the execution. I almost felt bad for Lisa/Valerie, until I remember it wasn't a Friends wall. And thanks for the somewhat gratuitous nudity, language, and rude gestures, HBO. It made the whole thing seem just a bit more "reality".
Edited by pakelihe, Jun 5, 2005 @ 9:16 PM.
Posted Jun 5, 2005 @ 9:16 PM
"Note to self...I don't wanna SEE that!" Hee.
Posted Jun 5, 2005 @ 9:28 PM
Its nothing compared to "Curb" or "Larry Sanders" BTW
Edited by JuliusCaeser, Jun 5, 2005 @ 9:29 PM.
Posted Jun 5, 2005 @ 9:34 PM
Posted Jun 5, 2005 @ 10:19 PM
Note to HBO: I DON'T WANT TO SEE THAT!
(I'll watch Entourage again next week, but not this bizarro-Phoebe.)
Posted Jun 5, 2005 @ 11:24 PM
Posted Jun 6, 2005 @ 6:42 AM
I almost think it would be interesting if Lisa Kudrow's character didn't know she had a camera on her but acted like she did.
Posted Jun 6, 2005 @ 8:53 AM
Posted Jun 6, 2005 @ 8:56 AM
I loved it, and laughed out lous so many times, especially when Valerie was talking to the camera after she got the role in Room And Bored, and she was saying "I got it", but the AD of the reality show kept telling her to be more enthusiastic and show more happiness.
It was priceless when Val,after a couple of takes that still didn't satisfy the AD,finally went all over the top with an exagerated "I GOT IT!!!!!!" and then said "See, that was a crazy person, we can't use that!"
It was freaking hilarious and sad too...I can't wait to see more of this and I hope it's a hit...
Posted Jun 6, 2005 @ 9:06 AM
Posted Jun 6, 2005 @ 10:03 AM
Or I could be reading waaaaay too much into it.
When Valerie was told she's not it anymore, I thought the hurt and humiliation expressed on Lisa Kudrow's face and in her eyes was totally believable. That could very well be Kudrow and her Friends co-stars for real in a few years.
This may not be a perfect show but how many are? At least it's trying address television and pop culture from a different angle. Personally, I'd always rather watch a show that tries something new and fails than the same old same old. Someone else will come along and get it right but someone has to be the first to try.
Posted Jun 6, 2005 @ 10:37 AM
That being said, I, like Mary Jane, rarely if ever watched Friends, and had a barely passing interest in Kudrow. I don't know if that made a difference in my opinion of the show, but as a whole, I enjoyed it. It actually was far more endearing then I'd thought, kind of a like a kindler, gentler (and not yet as funny) Curb.
But it did have it's moments, which would mean it had one more moment then that hideous and vile train wreck of a "reality" comedy piece-o-garbage Fat Actress.
Oops, did I say that?
I found Kudrow's Cherish to be likeable and sad. There were definitely layers to her character, which is a bit refreshing.
Edited by drivr8, Jun 6, 2005 @ 10:36 AM.
Posted Jun 6, 2005 @ 10:53 AM
I think it has potential, but I didn't really like the show enough to stick around and see it develop. I love Lisa Kudrow, but the show just wasn't funny enough. I felt like they used Ricky Gervais' character from The Office (UK) as a model for Valerie, a character who is usually an oblivious jerk that tries too hard, but that also shows some pathos from time to time. They overdid the pathos in The Comeback, though, to the point that I just found it depressing. Stop making Phoebe cry!
I did laugh at the auntie running suit, and the way she kept cutting off other people like her hairdresser from talking about themselves when she was able to focus on something that related to her again. I know a few (too many!) people who do that.
Posted Jun 6, 2005 @ 11:21 AM
I agree. Although there were funny parts, I also found it kind of sad. 'Valerie' was hired for a show pitched to her as one that starred four women. Then it gets changed and she gets relegated to the wacky aunt who lives upstairs. (& I thought they were going to write her out of the show entirely when they called her into the room -- so I guess in retrospect, she got lucky) It was sad but realistic for network television. They want to focus on the early-20s, and keep the older actors in small character roles or force them out altogether.
I think it speaks to several issues--the plight and fragile egos of has-been/aging actresses, the development and writing of formulaic sitcoms by committee instead of by creative people, the obsession with youth and sexuality, the invasiveness and dehumanization of reality television.
"Do you have a Juicy ass?" --- ooh, burn!
Posted Jun 6, 2005 @ 12:04 PM
Posted Jun 6, 2005 @ 12:10 PM
It didn't help I saw 20 min of one of the worst movies of all time - Marci X with Lisa Kudrow earlier in the day on Showtime.
Posted Jun 6, 2005 @ 12:24 PM
Lisa Kudrow's eyes look so strange with the blue contacts in. I wish she would go back to her natural eye color (see first season or two of Friends for proof).
Posted Jun 6, 2005 @ 12:30 PM
I thought both shows were funny, but the novelty has worn off that weird shaky camera work, we all know we're "inside a joke," talk-to-the camera style.
Posted Jun 6, 2005 @ 12:37 PM
When Valerie was told she's not it anymore, I thought the hurt and humiliation expressed on Lisa Kudrow's face and in her eyes was totally believable.
I was about ready to give up on the show until that moment. I thought a lot of it was pretty flat, but if they can continue to really bring that kind of heart to the character, I'll keep watching.
Posted Jun 6, 2005 @ 12:51 PM
He was just yelling and he told to turn off the cameras. She said she can't (which was kind of funny....must be the delivery).
What did happen after the car accident, specifically when the man yelled at her throught the window saying she drove right into him?
Then she went home to find that her wall fo pictures was left on the floor and got water damaged. Then her agent called to tell her that the pilot got picked up (shocking!).
The show is okay but I can see the concept getting old.
Posted Jun 6, 2005 @ 1:26 PM
There were several points when I really felt for the character - despite her fragile, large ego. Namely when she was recast and then got the lecture from James Burrows (hello cool cameo!). And seeing her IT wall in shambles after having such a shitty day.
I'll definitely watch next week. This feels like one of those shows that starts out good and has you totally hooked by episode 3.
Oh and did anyone else recognize the wardrobe guy as the assistant from Zoolander?
Posted Jun 6, 2005 @ 1:35 PM
Glad to see that Kim Fields is still cute.
Posted Jun 6, 2005 @ 1:35 PM
It seems like part of the reason a lot of you don't like it is because Fat Actress already burned you out on the format. I've never seen Fat Actress so I thought Comeback was really original.
Posted Jun 6, 2005 @ 2:04 PM