1. “Lisa Kudrow’s Comeback Is A Rare Second Chance.” In 2005, Kudrow and Michael Patrick King created The Comeback for HBO, but, ahead of its time in its critique of celebrity, reality TV, and narcissism, it lasted only one season. Nine years later, they reveal the story behind the now-beloved cult comedy’s unlikely return.
“Kudrow had a different—and delayed—reaction to the show’s cancellation. ’I was sad, because I wouldn’t get to do it anymore,’ she said. ’I didn’t feel insulted. I felt—still—I was so proud of what we had done, honestly. And Michael was so angry. I thought, I’m not angry. Is that a problem?’ Years later, though, she was watching HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher alone in her house, and Maher made a joke about how you can make fun of a white man, because they have power, but, Kudrow remembered him saying, ’You don’t make fun of the victim. It’s not funny.’ Maher’s comment had nothing to do with The Comeback, but ’the penny dropped,’ she said.”