Be still, my beating, fanboy heart. In an interview with BlackBook Magazine about her HBO series The Comeback, the show's co-creator and star (and of course, Friends alum) Lisa Kudrow said The Comeback Season 3 may happen — which, as anyone who has ever seen this show before will probably agree, is the best news ever.
The Comeback originally aired for only one season back in 2005, but in 2014 it returned for an awe-inspiring, hilarious, and emotionally turbulent second season. If you're not familiar, Season 1 centers on aging TV star Valerie Cherish, as she signs up for a reality show to document her return to primetime television in a sappy, B-rate sitcom. Then, Season 2 — which takes place a decade later — focuses on Valerie's career as it's once again in a state of stagnation... until she's cast as a character based on herself in a fictional HBO dramedy about the making of the aforementioned primetime sitcom. Both seasons (clearly) take "meta" to a whole new level, Valerie's anxious narcissism makes her as hateable as she is relatable, and Lisa Kudrow brings a shrewd sense of humanity and comedic timing to the role.
So, now that we're all caught up and presumably superfans, let's find out — what do Kudrow and co-creator Michael Patrick King have in store Valerie in Season 3, if it does end up happening?
"We're talking about what comes next, but we're not in a rush. At first I didn't talk to [Michael Patrick King, The Comeback's co-creator] about it, out of panic, but we were done in December and I thought, ‘Oh god that means we have to start up again next month. I don't know if I can, it's too soon, I'm too tired.' And then we talked about it, and said we don't have to, we can wait a year and a half. Then HBO said, yeah, whenever, whenever you have it, let us know. It's wonderful."
If that's how long it takes for them to craft something as wonderful as the past season, then so be it! While it remains unclear what the third season will be about, I know i'm giddy at the thought of its return. If you haven't taken the time to watch, then here are all the reasons you should:
Lisa Kudrow Is Hilarious
Kudrow has such a clear sense of Valerie's emotional life that she is able to effortlessly play the subtext of her neuroses in every moment. The results are amazingly funny.
Like, Seriously, She's Amazing In It
Like, There Literally Aren't Enough Words To Convey How Good She Is In This Role
Every moment is perfection.
... Like, Honestly, If Lisa Kudrow Doesn't Win An Emmy I'm Going To Spaz
WE NEED SEASON 3.
The Show Pulls No Punches When Putting Its Protagonist Through The Ringer
Hollywood repeatedly knocks Valerie down, and every time, she bounces right back. Valerie's desperation can be unnerving to witness, but her resilience is unmatched.
Her Stylist/Friend Mickey Is One Of The Most Hilarious Supporting Characters On Television
"Avon calling!" Mickey is her outlandish sidekick and sycophant, spreading joy and hairspray wherever he goes.
The Central Relationship Between Valerie and Her Husband Is Beautifully Complicated
By the end of Season 2, Valerie's personal life is floundering as her career is finally blossoming. The story of her marriage is fraught with tension, and beautifully told.
Laura Silverman's Performance Is Understated But Brilliant
Silverman plays Valerie's mostly off-camera producer Jane, the calculating lesbian feminist who knows how to masterfully manipulate Valerie into creating iconic reality TV.
You Will Pulsate With Rage At The Show's Villain
Paulie G is the worst. You, too, will feel like punching him in the gut — and take great joy when Valerie finally does.
The Show's Tender Moments Will Make You Cry. A Lot.
True story: my roommate and I sobbed — loudly — for a solid twenty minutes after we watched the Season 2 finale.
The Series Makes Accurate Statements About Women's Role in Entertainment
The show's portrayal of how women are treated in Hollywood is painfully apt. One of the best scenes of the series is when her director and showrunner Paulie G tries to make her do a scene where her character has to perform oral sex. When she challenges Paulie about the scene being completely gratuitous, he doubles down on its necessity — and it takes Seth Rogen (playing himself) standing up in her defense for her concerns to be heard. The scene is eventually changed, but, like most of Valerie's triumphant moments, there is an element of humiliation in that the director had to hear the criticism from a man in order to listen. Unfortunately, this is something that happens all too often in Hollywood.
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