Why 'The Comeback' Shouldn't Have

December 17, 2014 7:58 PM

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No one appreciates sentiment as much as Valerie Cherish, the desperate-for-everything actress on HBO's The Comeback, and no one is more equipped to play her than Lisa Kudrow, an actress so desperately talented she'll never want for work. When the faux-documentary sitcom premiered nine years ago, it was almost unbearable to watch. Not because it, or she, was bad -- just the opposite.

Kudrow's fame-addicted TV-star character was a train wreck on as many levels as Kudrow's helicopter-up-and-down-and-sideways-before-landing line delivery. In between the jokes we got a terrifying glimpse of our own obsession with celebrity and the lengths we'll go to achieve attention. Kudrow made u...

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