One of the best TV shows in the world, The Comeback has only two seasons under its belt, which were released within a nine-year interval.
Today marks nine years without Ms. Valerie Cherish (again), and curious people want to know: Can we expect a season 3 next year?
Actress and slasher creator Lisa Kudrow is afraid to mention it to HBO. Kudrow sat down with The Daily Beast, doubting that she (and presumably co-creator Michael Patrick King) will fulfill the nine-year tradition of a third season, since none of them is up to igniting the flames.
“I don’t think we’re gonna make it! Not make it ever, but I don’t think we’re gonna make it in nine years,” Kudrow stated.
“We also don’t know if HBO wants it, by the way. But we haven’t asked. We’re both sort of like, ‘I’m not gonna ask, are you?’ ‘No, I don’t want to hear no.’ It’s something we love so much. That’s why it took nine years the first time!”
The Comeback: Valerie Cherish’s Nine-Year Hiatus
The Comeback Season 1 was released in 2005 and didn’t quite make a spotlight for itself, but it did earn Kudrow a well-deserved Emmy nomination – she didn’t bag the award, though. It was ultimately given to Julia Louis-Dreyfus for The New Adventures of Old Christine.
The frequently cringe deeds of Valerie Cherish, a 90’s sitcom actress who’s not satisfied with her 15 minutes of fame, didn’t really catch the attention of audiences at the time, as well as its show-within-a-show theme, joking about the then-young reality TV genre.
However, over the years, kudos to word of mouth, the total domination of reality to TV, and a firm gif game, The Comeback gained popularity, significantly so that HBO gave Val another shot.
In 2014, season 2 of The Comeback is quite a masterpiece – the final episode alone is a must-watch, and Kudrow’s performance is unprecedented. With this, she was again nominated for Lead Actress in a Comedy Emmy but lost again to Louis-Dreyfus with Veep.
And although season two’s finale felt final, there is always room for more.
“We always talk about what it would be. Always,” Kudrow stated. “Younger and younger people come up to me and go ‘The Comeback!’ Because they weren’t around when it was on TV and didn’t know what it was like in 2005 when it came out. And I love being her. My God, that’s one of the easiest things to do.”