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TV Weekend: The Comeback, Ace of Cakes, Deadliest Roads, Dexter

by Bill Frost
- Posted // 2010-11-26 - November Sweeps are over, meaning we’re now into (mostly) Rerun Hell—because the networks only care about you when they can gauge your eyeballs to jack advertising rates. Sorry to break it to you.

What's new tonight:
The Comeback
(Sundance Channel, nightly) Well, new to most of you: The Comeback ran for one 13-episode season on HBO in 2005, starring Lisa Kudrow (Friends) as actress Valerie Cherish, a D-lister who had a minor-hit sitcom in the ‘90s. The Comeback was presented as “raw footage” of a reality show called The Comeback, which was chronicling Valerie’s Hollywood comeback as a minor character on a same-network new sitcom called Room & Bored (which is just as bad as it sounds). Got all that? Despite being as brutally funny, uncomfortable and scathing as anything from Ricky Gervais, and Kudrow’s ballsy, uninhibited performance, The Comeback wasn’t picked up for another season. The Sundance Channel now runs uncensored episodes of The Comeback every night (it’s also available on DVD) and, if that’s not enough, it also features then-rookie actress Malin Ackerman (Watchmen, The Proposal) frequently barely-dressed and/or naked.

Also new tonight:
TV's Funniest Holiday Moments (Fox); School Pride (NBC); What Not to Wear (TLC); Law & Order: UK (BBC America); The Benson Interruption (Comedy Central); Sanctuary (SyFy); The Soup (E!)

Ace of Cakes: Holidays on Icing (Food Network, Saturday) Read all about it in True TV (Item 2).

IRT: Deadliest Roads (History, Sunday) It’s an Ice Road Truckers spin-off that I can’t really tell apart from the original, but the title of this particular episode got my attention: “Piles of Corpses.” Now that I’m watching.

Dexter (Showtime, Sunday) Speaking of piles of corpses, the maligned Season 5 (aka The Post-John Lithgow Comedown) of Dexter rolls on, as Dex (Michael C. Hall) and new sidekick Lumen (Julia Stiles) hit a snag in their revenge case because the Miami PD has apparently stopped sucking at police work—well, at least enough to uncover some evidence, anyway. You’re going to appreciate this season after it’s over, trust me.

Also new Sunday:
The Simpsons, The Cleveland Show, American Dad (Fox); The Amazing Race (CBS); The Walking Dead (AMC); Kendra, Married to Rock (E!); Sarah Palin’s Alaska (TLC); Boardwalk Empire (HBO); Brew Masters (Discovery)

Preview: A compilation of Valerie Cherish’s (Lisa Kudrow) greatest hits from The Comeback:

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