Larry David is pretty, pretty glad to be back with more Curb Your Enthusiasm
Its last new episode aired in 2011, but fans’ appetite for “Curb Your Enthusiasm” could not be, uh, curbed.
So Larry David, the Seinfeld cocreator who’s made the improvised HBO comedy a hobby, is back for a 10-episode season, premièring Oct. 1, that includes many of the old gang: Jeff Garlin (The Goldbergs) as Jeff, Larry’s sometime manager; Susie Essman as Jeff ’s foul-mouthed wife; and JB Smoove as pal Leon. Guest stars Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Richard Lewis and Bob Einstein are also back, along with Cheryl Hines (who plays exwife Cheryl), Bryan Cranston, Lauren Graham, Jimmy Kimmel, Nick Offerman, Elizabeth Banks and others. Why bring it back now? “Why not?” David says. “I’m not a misser ... but I was missing it. And I got tired of people asking me, ‘Is the show coming back?’ I couldn’t face that question anymore, and I didn’t want to say, ‘No, never.’”
Betraying his perpetual insecurity, he says that in nine seasons, he’s never felt he could fill 10 episodes. Nor could he have predicted the show would continue into a ninth season.
“At the end of every season, Larry says, I’m not doing another one, so we’re used to that,” says Essman, adding that returning after such a long break felt like “nothing,” because there’s such a comfortable groove among the cast.
He won’t get specific about the arc of the new episodes, but the new crop takes place six years after the last. And judging from clips shown to writers at the Television Critics Association press tour Wednesday, David continues to mock everyday foibles: Annoying airplane seatmates, annoying soap pumps, or neighbours. (He even goes on “Judge Judy” as a plaintiff). And “TV Larry is about a quarter of an inch away from real Larry,” David says.
The difference, says producer Jeff Schaffer: “Real Larry will come into my office and say, ‘This just happened to me, and this is what I should have said.’ “So TV Larry says it.” The series is based on detailed outlines, but the dialogue is improvised. Storylines have focused on Larry’s interest in creating a new post-Seinfeld TV show, opening a restaurant, taking in a family affected by a hurricane, and being cast by Mel Brooks in “The Producers,” written before he’d even asked Brooks for permission.
If he hadn’t given it, “I guess it might’ve been ‘Fiddler on the Roof.’”
Larry David, star of “Curb Your Enthusiam,” says “TV Larry is about a quarter of an inch away from real Larry.”