HBO‘s The Comeback is set for a comeback. HBO has completed deals for a second installment of the cult 2005 comedy starring Lisa Kudrow, which will run as a six-episode limited series this fall. Production is set to begin in LA this month.
Creators Michael Patrick King and Kudrow return as executive producers along with Kudrow’s long-time producing partner, Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal). King and Kudrow will write the new season with Amy B. Harris and John Riggi. Set to re-join Kudrow are The Comeback co-stars Lance Barber, Bucatinsky, Robert Michael Morris, Laura Silverman and Damian Young. Noticeably missing from the list is Malin Akerman, who also was on the 2005 series. The original show starred Kudrow as washed-up sitcom actress Valerie Cherish, who gets a reality show documenting her attempt at a career comeback with a role on a new sitcom. In the new episodes, Valerie will continue her search to attain the spotlight, but this time around it illuminates a whole new series of problems when she achieves the visibility she wants. “The Comeback holds a special place in the hearts of its many fans, including many of us here at HBO,” said HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo in the announcement. “I can’t wait to find out what Valerie’s been up to since we last met.” The original series docu-style single-camera comedy earned three Emmy nominations, including a lead actress nom for Kudrow and a directing nom for King.