HBO has announced that critically acclaimed comedy The Comeback, which was cancelled after one season in 2005, has been renewed for a second season. Set to begin production later this month, the second season of The Comeback will feature six episodes and could be expanded in future seasons.
“The Comeback holds a special place in the hearts of its many fans, including many of us here at HBO,” notes Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. “I can’t wait to find out what Valerie’s been up to since we last met.”
The return of The Comeback came about due to the show’s success on HBO Go and the positive reputation the show has garnered in the years since its cancellation. Telling the story of washed-up sitcom star Valerie Cherish (Lisa Kudrow) as she tried to recapture the fame of her peak, the series was ahead of the reality television boom of the late 2000s and early 2010s and managed to meld pathos, genuine laughs, sharp intellect, and a cringe factor to make something distinct and lasting. Given the size of the order, it seems likely that the show will air along with medical comedy Getting On in late fall, the two taking over for The Newsroom the week following its series finale.
Will you be watching the revival of The Comeback? Where do you think Valerie Cherish would be 10 years following the events of the first season? Can the show capture lightning in a bottle again and produce something of similar quality to season one?