How Reality TV Helped with Lisa Kudrow's 'Comeback' Reboot

by 5:34 PM PST, November 14, 2014
Playing How Reality TV Helped with Lisa Kudrow's 'Comeback' Reboot

In 2005, the HBO series The Comeback was ahead of its time, but now it's being given a second chance! Executive producers Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky stopped by ET to talk about the reboot.

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The original series followed washed up TV sitcom actress Valerie Cherish (Kudrow) and her attempt to revive her career by starring in her own reality show. The reboot picks up nine years after Valerie's misadventures in season one. She's landed a role on a new series called "Seeing Red" while holding a second gig on a Bravo reality show hosted by Andy Cohen.

Within the time that The Comeback has been off the air, reality television took over pop culture giving more interest to a show satirizing the genre. Still, neither Dan nor Lisa thought the show's reincarnation would actually materialize, but that didn't stop them from dreaming about where the show could go.

"We would always talk like, 'Where do you think Valerie would be right now? What would we do if we had to do it again?'" said Dan. "It all just seemed like this hypothetical, and then there it was. The interest was there. Our interest was there."

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While The Comeback pokes fun at unscripted television, Lisa and Dan actually made a voyage into the world of documentary TV in real life with the Emmy-nominated series Who Do You Think You Are? The show gives celebrities the opportunity to research their family trees and has featured such stars as Rob Lowe, Sarah Jessica Parker, Brooke Shields, Chelsea Handler, Kelsey Grammer and more.

Lisa and Dan also teamed up for the web-turned-TV series Web Therapy, which is now in its fourth season.

"This season is the biggest we had," said Dan. This season included guest stars Jon Hamm, Gwyneth Paltrow, Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin.

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