The best fake reality star ever is coming back to TV

Valerie Cherish, Lisa Kudrow’s washed-up actor turned desperate reality star, will return to television, as HBO is resurrecting The Comeback almost nine years after its first and only season aired. The scripted series was both impossibly entertaining and an incredible send-up/illustration of how reality TV can be produced.

E! News’ Kristin Dos Santos reports that the show “is coming back for a six-episode run, with production scheduled to begin May 19″ and “writers already have been at work on scripts for the new episodes for two weeks, and that new episodes will pick up nine years after the series left off.” The series also starred Malin Akerman and Kellan Lutz, who E! says are returning, though perhaps not for all six episodes.

This news comes two months after co-creator Michael Patrick King he and Lisa Kudrow were “exploring” the character’s return and a March report that HBO was in talks to bring it back.

So, it’s definitely time to watch or re-watch the first season, which is also on HBO GO.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.