Anybody watching THE COMEBACK? (merged)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    I was never a huge fan of Lisa Kudrow. I felt
    she was good on Friends, but I never thought
    her performance in the Analyze This/That was
    the least bit funny.
    In short, I had no faith in her talent.
    About a month ago, all the newspapers were running
    reviews for an upcoming HBO show called The Comeback
    starring Lisa Kudrow. I'd be damned if I could find
    a single lackluster review. The show was being heralded
    as "the next big thing."
    Based on the reviews I decided I'd give the show
    a look. Surprisingly, I loved it!
    Basically, the show is set up to be raw footage
    of a reality show about an actress who is making
    her comeback in a TV sitcom. Kudrow brilliantly
    portrays a woman past her prime who is trying to
    fit into prime-time television.
    The show is now in its third week and I am really
    hooked! Watching The Comeback you realize
    that this show was tailor-made for Lisa Kudrow.
    I was surprised when I searched this area for
    feedback on the show, there was none. I'm hoping
    there are some of you out there enjoying this show
    as much as I am.
     
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    She does so well in this so that while watching it you feel very uncomfortable watching her go thru her trials of trying to get back on top in show biz.
     
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    I've seen 2 episodes, and I don't find much of it all that funny (except for her hubby letting his bowels loose in episode 1).
     
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    I've been holding on out of faith in HBO. But that voice. Lord!!! Reminds me of the episode on Firends when she was channeling the old dead woman. I realize that the voice and the hair are parts of her character, but it's soooo grating. Doesn't have the innate humerous feel of a Christopher Guest vehicle, or The Office, of which it is clearly progeny.
    What I do find interesting;
    the husband's delicious discomfort [particularly when he was bare chested in bed, and hands were encroaching to cover him with the bed covers, and of course the bathroom scene].
    The hairdresser [bring your Sherpa}
    The lead actress so clearly [and humerously] spoofing a Cameron Diaz-esque character. So sunny and bright and giggly, . . . and unknowingly threatening and hurtful.

    Oh, . . and I laughed out loud, perhaps the only laugh out loud of the series to date, when Kudrow's character suggested a skit for the upfronts to the head writer, and he mimed shooting her in the head and stole all her mini bottles of booze.

    And not to be snarky, but is that newfound tautness around Kudrow's eyes the result of a little nip-tuck? Or is that the natural progression of her looks? Her eye/nose area looks positively chiseled, nearly Joan Rivers-esque, compared to years past.
     
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    Ouch, I think this is possibly the worst show ever on TV. HBO should be embarrassed for putting this crap on and cancelling an absoultely brilliant show like Carnivale'.

    My wife and I could not even watch this weeks epsiode of the copmeback.
    It should GOBACK to wherever it came from IMHO.
     
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    I turned off Fat Actress after 8 minutes and never looked back, but The Comeback has been entertaining enough to keep me interested. I do agree that Kudrow's pseudo-Katharine Hepburn voice is quite annoying, but occasional topless shots of Juna offset my discomfort. [​IMG]
    Still I have to say that it's nowhere near as funny as Curb Your Enthusiasm. So far it's about the same level of entertainment value as The Mind of the Married Man, only completely different.
    I hope James Burrows is having lots of fun with his cameo appearances. Considering how many sitcoms and pilots he's directed, I imagine that those scenes are much more fun for the Hollywood audience.
    Brad
     
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    My wife and I are enjoying The Comeback, but at one point she said "I feel embarrassed about what they're making Lisa Kudrow go through."
    She felt a little better when I told her that Kudrow was a co-creator of the program.
    Although she was underused, IMHO Kudrow was the best thing about Friends.
     
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    I can understand that this show is not everyone's cup of tea, but I'm actually enjoying it.

    It took a while to get used to the unorthodox style, and it's not nearly as funny as Curb Your Enthusiasm, but the humor is similar in that it's mainly derived from watching how uncomfortable the lead character is. She's pathetic and so deluded, but somehow it's amusing. I also think Lisa Kudrow is very good.
     
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    My girlfriend and I are enjoying it quite a bit.

    It's funny. Kudrow's great.

    Think they may exhaust the subject and not need a Season 2, but I expect to enjoy the rest of these 14...
     
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    It's almost too painful to watch for me...the humiliation that Kudrow's character is put through is not something I especially enjoy. I also flinch every time she says "Good luck" to one of her fellow actors before the show. I was taught that the phrase should be "Break a leg."

    I'm still watching. But I prefer Entourage.

    - Steve
     
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    I agree the show is painful to watch for the
    reasons you guys stated above. Still, I find it
    quite good for what it is.

    You gotta admit the premise of the show is very clever.

    I also wonder how realistic some of that Hollywood
    attitude is. Very scary if it is realkistic.
     
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    It, and the aforementioned FAT ACTRESS, probably do reflect prevailing attitudes in Hollywood--if you are old, overweight, or a "has-been" you are out, and good luck coming back. Agreed, the concept is an interesting one. I wonder if there has ever been a reality show concept around an old star's return?

    As I said, I am watching THE COMEBACK, but it kinda feels like a trainwreck--something I have to watch!

    - Steve
     
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    I watched the first episode and it made me want to slit my wrists. Seriously.
     
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    I've watched parts of several episodes, and find it a mediocre show. Kudrow's character is too artificial, as if she's playing a shallow character who is playing an even shallower character. Well, I guess that really is the point of the show, but it's more often tedious and painfully-embarrassing than humorous.

    If the show wasn't wholly from the perspective of the reality show, but also showed Kudrow's character as herself, it would allow a more interesting and balanced character.

    I can see its appeal on paper and understand that others might really like it. But to me it has become what it tries to parody: a show of a shallow, ego-centric actress trying, and failing embarassingly, to regain fame.
     
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    how badly is it flopping? I've heard HBO is disapointed with its performance. Is it a flop in a "well, this isn't The Sopranos or Sex And The City" or in a "no way in hell is a season 2 gonna happen" way?
     
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    well, does anybody know? I am hearing it's underperforming, but how badly?
     
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    I read it averages 1.1 million viewers a week. In comparison, Entourage is averaging 1.4, six feet under 2.4?ish (down from mid 4's last season).

    Considering it's not very costly to produce... I can see it getting another season. One of the things that likely killed Carnivale was that the budget just didn't justify the low amount of people that likely had HBO to watch the show. From what I noticed it was bootlegged more than watched...
     

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