Larry David is pretty, pretty glad to be back with more Curb Your En­thu­si­asm

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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.’”

FRED­ER­ICK M. BROWN, GETTY IMAGES

Larry David, star of “Curb Your En­thu­siam,” says “TV Larry is about a quar­ter of an inch away from real Larry.”

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