Could the Comeback Make a Comeback?

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Lisa Kudrow as Valerie Cherish

Back in 2005, a small little comedy starring Lisa Kudrow (in her first role post FRIENDS) hit our screens and received little fan fare.  It was called The Comeback and saw Kudrow playing a washed-up actress named Valerie Cherish who allowed cameras to film her quest to reclaim her fame for a reality television series.

Despite the critical acclaim, HBO canned it after one season due to poor ratings.  Says creator Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City) “In the beginning, my joke was that The Comeback fans were like the early Christians — they were small groups hidden in caves who knew there was a message but they were afraid to get it out.”

The message was that here was this incredibly funny series about a former star who slowly comes to realize that her star quality may never be reignited yet tries in vain to avoid becoming a joke.  It was depressing, for you wanted Cherish to come out on top and earn the recognition we’re supposed to think she deserves yet her inability to let go of her former fame and  focus on the task ahead only forced us to face her bleak reality.

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Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, says King “It was such a unique show, and remember there wasn’t a Real Housewife anywhere,” King tells EW. “There was no one who looked like Valerie — people were just sort of eating bugs on Survivor or, like, trapped in the jungle on I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here. Everything that’s really unique is ahead of its time. Anything that you can’t identify as something already runs the risk of being misunderstood because it’s never been seen yet. Even our weird camerawork — it was before The Office made that common.”

King explains, “Lisa and I actually have had a couple of lunches lately where we’ve been missing Valerie and wondering where she’d be. That’s just a creative exploration Lisa and I are doing. We care so much about Valerie and the work that we did that, in hindsight, felt so edgy. Lisa and I have been amusing ourselves, and maybe somebody else might be amused in the future.”

And both King and Kudrow know exactly what Valerie Cherish would be doing if the show came back.  “Valerie getting what she wanted and what fresh hell that would be,” laughs King — and it seems apparent that in 2014’s selfie-happy world populated by Real Housewives and instant viral sensations, Valerie would be just as desperate for the spotlight as ever.”

Right now, it’s all just talk, but if The Comeback ever makes a comeback, count me in to be a very happy viewer!

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Averting a Pasta Disaster: An MKR Recap

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Weren’t these Perth girls out to prove a point last night?  Not only were they trying to redeem themselves in the kitchen after their dismal first round attempt, they were also out to prove that they have been travelling to many exotic locations (apparently they just got back from Italy).

I think it was punishment for us noting down that not a single travel story was uttered from either Kelly or Chloe on night one of the elimination rounds.  To make up of the lack of stories, Chloe was spewing up many a “I’ve been to Italy” “I’ve eaten in a Michelin star restaurant” etc etc story – after a while, your mind tends to glaze over and it’s just expected that she’ll keep bashing them out.

They also seem to be still bruised after being called “Mediocre” in round one.  Toughen up girls, if you read what everyone is saying about you on social media, being called mediocre is like landing on a soft pillow.

At least they made everything themselves tonight.

The Best Dish of the Night: I have two.  First up – David.  David is really providing some amazing insight into the mind of a senior citizen.  From Monday nights ‘Juzz’ disaster to last nights ‘Marron on a pillow’ impersonation, you can slowly see his mind casually slip away from him.

Second nomination – Chloe trying to talk her way around knowing what ‘confit’ means.  To the general person, confit means to cook meat in fat, slowly and on a low temperature for a LONG time (usually 3 hours).  To Chloe, confit means cooking meat in fat on a high temperature for 45 minutes.  It’s her own version on a Michelin star dish.  Best the chef that created that is smiling right now.

The Food Overall: I feel like i’m sitting on a set of scales here.  The entree earned them two tens from the judges.  It looked damn fine and after averting a pasta disaster the girls actually came through with an impressive first course. But that’s where it ended.  Manu’s perfect timing to enter the kitchen just as Chloe put the confit chicken in the oven (for 45 minutes) showed us all how much restraint one can have in order to avoid slapping someone across the face.  (I’m pretty sure Manu must have almost severed his tongue from biting it).

Desert was a dividing course.  Most seemed to like it.  Carly (Who has become my favorite contestant) seemed quite happy to try pasta for desert (until she was informed it was cannoli and not cannelloni) while it looked like David received the ONLY soggy cannoli out of the bunch.

The Final Result: Better than round one.  Two tens for the entree perked them up and David found his soul mate in Josh from VIC because “finally, someone else around here who knows about food!”  sure sure.

Next Up: Speaking of Josh from VIC, he and his wife are up next. Food scientists.  Expect food that looks like dirt and lickable paintings.