Television: The Roles of Their Lives

HBO's Unscripted is clever and fun, but how many inside-show-biz sitcoms do we need?

The new HBO series Unscripted (Sundays, 10 p.m. E.T.) looks at the lives of entertainers in Hollywood, with celebrity cameos and show-biz humor. That may remind you of another current HBO comedy. Actually, it may remind you of every other current HBO comedy. Curb Your Enthusiasm and Entourage are also insider takes on Hollywood. And Lisa Kudrow is preparing an HBO sitcom about--surprise!--a washed-up actress making a comeback.

Two shows about the same subject is a coincidence. Three is a theme. Four, you're bordering on mania. After the election, we heard about TV executives seeking to sign up shows about the...

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