It was announced yesterday that Curb Your Enthusiasm will finally return to HBO for its ninth season.
— HBO (@HBO) June 14, 2016
In a statement, head of programming for HBO, Casey Bloys said, “We’re thrilled that Larry has decided to do a new season of CURB and can’t wait to see what he has planned.”
Seinfeld co-creator, Larry David added, “In the immortal words of Julius Caesar, ‘I left, I did nothing, I returned.’”
After dropping the bombshell Larry David and Curb fans alike have been waiting for, for years, they offered little in the way of further information. Therefore, we’ll have to wait for news on premiere date as well as whether Larry’s fellow co-star’s Jeff Garlin (Jeff Greene), Cheryl Hines (Cheryl David) or Susie Essman (Susie Green) will be returning.
Curb Your Enthusiasm originally aired on HBO in 2000. Despite not releasing a season for five years now, it is HBO’s longest-running ‘scripted’ comedy or drama series, with 80 episodes to date.
Has the Larry-absence been too long? Watch below 2011’s season 8 trailer to refamiliarise yourself with the show’s brilliance:
The show follows the life of Larry David, an extreme, fictionalised caricature of the real thing. The character is well known in the entertainment industry for writing hit-sitcom, Seinfeld – just like the real Larry. Most of the action takes place in affluent Westside communities of Los Angeles, as well as adjacent areas and in New York in the eighth season. The show simply focuses on the life of socially difficult Larry as he painstakingly gets himself into awkward scenarios through his pure stubbornness and often inability to not give his opinion.
All the plots and subplots of the show are written and devised beforehand by Larry; however, the actors largely improvise the dialogue – a method known as ‘retroscripting’.
In 2011 Larry described his approach to his TV alter ego in a Rolling Stone interview: “He’s my version of Superman. The character really is me, but I just couldn’t possibly behave like that. If I had my druthers, that would be me all the time, but you can’t do that … As crazy as this person is, I could step into those shoes right now, but I would be arrested or I’d be hit or whatever.”
Despite being adamant for the past five years that he would not wrap up the show as a protest for the grief he received about the infamous Seinfeld finale, here we finally are with a new season of Curb and Larry to look forward to!
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