Lisa Kudrow Discusses the Unlikely Second Life of HBO’s ‘The Comeback’ (Video)

“I think it just built this whole other audience,” she says on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live”

It was certainly unexpected when Lisa Kudrow and HBO announced a second season for “The Comeback” after nine years away. But, like “Arrested Development,” she discovered that the show had kind of taken on a life of its own in the intervening years.

The star of Showtime’s “Web Therapy” talked about how the discussion of reviving Valerie Cherish and her fake reality television show even came about during a visit with Jimmy Kimmel on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

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“I noticed that college-aged people were saying to me, ‘Yeah, yeah, ‘Friends’ is good, can we talk about ‘The Comeback’”? she told Jimmy Kimmel. “I think it just built this whole other audience.”

They talked about the possibility that the show was ahead of its time, coming out just as reality television started to become a real force in television. In fact, the burgeoning format was one of the inspirations behind the creation of “The Comeback.”

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But perhaps Kudrow did her job too well, as she recalled a time her sister was told vehemently by a couple that “The Comeback” was a real reality show about Lisa Kudrow‘s life. Nevermind that her name was Valerie Cherish in the show, and she had red hair and a different professional history. This was their reality and no one was going to change it.

“The Comeback” returns for its long-awaited second season Nov. 9 at 10 p.m. ET on HBO. “Jimmy Kimmel Live” airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.