Michael Slezak
August 04, 2006 AT 10:54 PM EDT

Okay, I know a lot of you are still in mourning for The Comeback. (I certainly am, although this week’s DVD release has eased the pain.) And I don’t want you to think I’m one of those insensitive people who would, for example, try to strong-arm a friend into getting a puppy right after her dog dies as some sort of misguided replacement therapy. That said, I feel it’s my duty to alert FOVs (friends of Valerie, natch) to tonight’s premiere of The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman (IFC, 11-11:30 p.m., EDT), a vaguely sad, weirdly paced, inside-Hollywood sitcom that, in spite of its flaws, had me hooting with laughter, and looking forward to a second serving. Series star and executive producer Laura Kightlinger (pictured) may not have Lisa Kudrow’s Emmy-worthy depth — though how many actors do? — but in tonight’s pilot episode, she beautifully skewers the culture of celebrity religious/self-help movements, from the inane motivational babble (”My success had led me to a tiny island. Population: Me.”) to the green, beaded necklaces worn by members of ”The Platform.” Not only that, but it’s already yielded a pretty jaunty catchphrase. All together now, ”I’m Sally F—ing Kellerman! Open this f—ing door!”

addCredit(“The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman: Chris Leschinsky”)

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