The Comeback's Entourage
We weren't impressed by "The Comeback" when it debuted earlier this summer. The constant humiliation of the lead character, Valerie Cherish, was mean-spirited and unfunny, and we found the show so unwatchable that we couldn't be bothered to parse out the LA-esque bits. But friends kept insisting that it was worth our time so we kept tuning in.
We must admit that we've been wrong. We don't know whether the writing team had time to improve their scripts later in the season or if it's just organic character development kicking in, but we actually enjoyed the show last night and thought last week's episode about Palm Springs was even better. We've always loved the actress who played Valerie's friend, Donna, the brassy cancer survivor. We also love Valerie's "un-tourage" of Mickey, her hair dresser.
We also enjoyed this week's EP "Valerie Hangs with the Cool Kids" which featured more of Valerie's step daughter, Francesca, and her friend Kalla, who exemplified the current SoCal "Skeletwin" teen lifestyle to perfection as they smoked, instant messaged at the dinner table and modeled eyewear popularized by the Olsen twins. We actually laughed when Valerie declared "I'm cool, but I'm not a criminal" after an underage Kalla asked her to hook the kid up with an actor on Valerie's show.
Now that the "The Come Back" gives more attention to the people in Valerie's life, it makes more sense for the show to follow the second season of "Entourage," which is aging pretty well.