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Friends star coming back to HBO for comedy reboot

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Actress Lisa Kudrow

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Actress Lisa Kudrow

Lisa Kudrow's long-gone but not forgotten HBO comedy, The Comeback, is getting another chance.

The pay-cable network Monday officially picked up six episodes of the one-season series, which was cancelled in 2005. Production starts this month in Los Angeles and the new episodes will run in the fall.

Kudrow plays Valerie Cherish, a B-level TV star who let a camera crew follow her efforts to get back into the entertainment spotlight. In the new episodes, Valerie continues her quest, but finds a new set of problems when she gets the visibility she wants.

"It was almost too fun play Valerie Cherish the first time around," Kudrow said in a statement. "I look forward to revisiting this resilient and ironically self-unaware character."

Kudrow, an Emmy winner for Friends, co-created the show with Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City, 2 Broke Girls), and both will serve as executive producers. The cast includes Lance Barber, Dan Bucatinsky, Robert Michael Morris, Laura Silverman and Damian Young.

"The Comeback holds a special place in the hearts of its many fans, including many of us here at HBO," HBO program chief Michael Lombardo said in a statement. "I can't wait to find out what Valerie's been up to since we last met."

The Comeback is the latest long-dormant show to be resurrected. Other shows that were or are being revived include Arrested Development, 24, Heroes and Veronica Mars, the latter as a big-screen film.

Kudrow has enjoyed success with Web Therapy on HBO's pay-cable competitor, Showtime.

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 7, 2014 D2

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