Deadline is reporting that Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Saga) and Trophy Wife alum Malin Akerman are set to reprise their roles in HBO comedy The Comeback. Though neither will appear in all six episodes of season two, Lutz will be playing Chris, one of Valerie’s former co-stars, with Akerman resuming her role as Juna, another former co-star and someone who views Valerie as something of a role model.
Premiering in June 2005, The Comeback told the story of former it-girl Valerie Cherish (Emmy winner Lisa Kudrow, who received a nomination for the first season of The Comeback) as she tried to recapture the fame she achieved at her peak. While she managed to get a reality show documenting her rise, the actual work to come back proves to be more than she had expected going in. The series amassed sterling reviews for the way it portrayed Valerie’s quest for fame, as well as Kudrow’s performance, before being cancelled that same year.
The series was revived earlier this year for a six-episode second season that will premiere later this year, likely alongside critically acclaimed medical comedy Getting On. Already set to appear on the second season of The Comeback are Lance Barber (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) as Paulie G., one of the co-creators of Valerie’s sitcom; Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal) as Billy, Valerie’s publicist; Robert Michael Morris (Running Wilde) as Mickey, Valerie’s hairdresser; Laura Silverman (Bob’s Burgers) as Jane, the producer of Valerie’s reality show; and Damian Young (Unbreakable) as Valerie’s husband Mark.
In addition to his role in the Twilight films, Lutz has appeared on the likes of 90210, Generation Kill, and 30 Rock, while Akerman’s television credits include Childrens Hospital, Suburgatory, and Burning Love.
The second season of The Comeback is set to premiere this fall on HBO.
Will you be watching the second season of The Comeback? Where do you think Valerie would be 10 years after the events of the first season? Do you think the show can capture the same lightning in a bottle that it did for season one?