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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!

Extended Preview of Game Of Thrones Season 4

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The new season of Game of Thrones is fast approaching, and to whet the appetite of very patient fans, HBO have released an extended 15 minute trailer for the shows up coming fourth season.

The trailer – Game of Thrones Ice and Fire: A Foreshadowing includes on-camera interviews with cast members including Gwendoline Christie (Brienne), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion) and Natalie Dormer (Margaery).

Want to know more about season four?  Read about it here!

The fourth season it slated to begin, here in Australia on April 7th on SHOWCASE for FOXTEL subscribers, though in a deal made with HBO, it means Game of Thrones will be an exclusive to SHOWCASE virtually blocking iTunes and Quickflix from fast-tracking the show to non FOXTEL subscribers.

The news gets even worse for those wanting to legally download the series.  The deal between the two networks also means that iTunes and Quickflix cannot offer ANY episode of season 4 until FOXTEL have aired every single episode of the season.

Any people wonder why illegal downloading (especially of Game of Thrones) is so rife in Australia.

For fans not wanting to pay a minimum of $75 per month for the premium channel on FOXTEL, those with FOXTEL PLAY online subscriptions (which is a little bit cheaper) will be able to access the new episodes.

Game of Thrones, Season 4, begins April 7th on SHOWTIME for FOXTEL subscribers.

Is HBO’s Drama ‘Looking’ Boring?

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Murray Bartlett, Jonathan Groff and Frankie J. Álvarez is HBO’s Looking

With episode three airing Sunday night in America, there’s been a lot of talk and speculation about HBO’s newest drama called ‘Looking’.  While people are somewhat enjoying the show, they are finding it boring and not very entertaining.  Previews leading up to the shows release had people likening it to a ‘gay version of Girls’ mixed with a bit of Queer As Folk.

In reality, Looking is less QAF and sits just on the mediocre side of where Girls never really visited.  Set in San Francisco, Looking follows three friends – Patrick (Jonathan Groff from Glee) who is single and is a game designer, Agustin (Frankie J. Álvarez from SMASH) an artists assistant and Patrick’s best friend and Dom (Murray Bartlett from Headland) a wine waiter in a gastronomic restaurant.

The series starts out in an attempt to shock the viewer…the very first scene has Patrick (Groff) trying to get a hand job in Golden Gate Park from a stranger.  It’s not something seen on television everyday, but does set the mood for how we are to look at Patrick for the rest of the episode.  He’s the type of guy who is single and hates it, but can’t understand why he is single.  Follow that up with a surprise three way involving Agustin, his boyfriend and another artist’s assistant and we’re beginning to get a feel for the tone of the show – or are we?  Like normal, the very first episode of a new series sets out to not only introduce new characters to us, but to also drag us in and ensure we’ll be back to watch episode two.

Though besides the gratuitous use of sex, there’s nothing really to make us not want to continue, but then again, nothing that really makes us want to continue.

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Can’t say episode two fared much better.  The general response I’ve come across is that “nothing much happens” and “are we supposed to relate to these guys?”  Is it fair to call Looking boring?  To be sure, this show is not some high energy drama filled with plot twists and back-stabbing.  It’s not a Revenge type show, that’s for sure.  Looking however is a slow-burn show that seems to be allowing us to take our time getting to know these characters, their flaws (as many as there are) their new relationships and those of past (a story-line involving Dom and a very successful ex boyfriend plays heavily in ep 2)

Agustin and his boyfriend Frank have just moved in together and we get the feeling Agustin isn’t too keen on the ‘stay at home’ lifestyle he’s suddenly adopted while Dom, frustrated he hasn’t been able to hook up with a new waiter and a less than pleasant meeting with an ex leads him to have a quickie with a younger fellow in a lower apartment in his building.  While this is happening, Patrick is off with his latest love interest Richie and wondering if Richie is cut or not – deep stuff.

So is Looking worth watching or at least worthy of a continued watch?  I’ll keep watching.  It’s more real world than QAF ever was but don’t call me too invested – not just yet.  The fact no scene has taken place in a gym is promising but here’s hoping that’s not the only promising feature of the show.