Larry David, best known for co-creating the iconic television series Seinfeld, is pondering a return to television after a five-year hiatus.
David’s follow-up series, Curb Your Enthusiasm, was a hit for HBO after premiering on the network in late 2000. Eleven years and eight seasons later, David put the brakes on Curb Your Enthusiasm, but has always left the door open in terms of continuing the popular program at some point in the future.
After five years away from the show, David has hinted that he may be ready to revisit the semi-autobiographical character he played in Curb Your Enthusiasm for 80 episodes.
According to Vulture, this all began with a simple phone conversation between Larry David and J.B. Smoove, David’s friend and supporting cast member on the show.
“I call Larry every two weeks, because he’s old, he’s a busy man, so I always check on older people,” joked Smoove. “I just talk about regular stuff with him, it’s not always Curb stuff. But this time, aha! He brings up Curb Your Enthusiasm; I don’t ever bring it up.”
“He (David) starts off with his little, ‘Ehhhhh, you know, I’m thinking about coming back. If I do come back, would you be available?'”
Smoove explains that he gave Larry David a resounding “yes” to his query, and stated that whenever David decides he needs him, Smoove will be there to film Season 9.
Screen Crush had previously reported that another Curb Your Enthusiasm alum, Jeff Garlin, said he felt the show had a better than 50/50 chance of returning to the screen at some point. To further fan the flame, one of the primary writers on Season 8 of the series (Jeff Schaffer) reportedly has met with David to discuss either a film based on the TV show, or the possibility of producing Season 9 of Curb.
As great a success as Curb Your Enthusiasm has been for Larry David, his real breakthrough in the television industry came when he hooked up with comedian Jerry Seinfeld to create Seinfeld, which ran for nine seasons on NBC in the 1990s. The series, famously known as “a show about nothing,” was wildly successful, and made major stars out of its cast: Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Seinfeld was a fictional but close-to-reality version of the main character’s life. Set in New York City, the show focused on the daily lives of Jerry Seinfeld and his quirky friends — Cosmo Kramer, George Costanza, and Elaine Benes.
Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld decided to end the show in 1998, despite pressure from the network to continue producing the popular sitcom. However, David did not remain inactive long, as he starred in an HBO comedy special in 1999, and that led to the series Curb Your Enthusiasm in 2000.
David played the main character in his new TV series, but the “plot” of the show was very familiar to Seinfeld fans. Like Jerry Seinfeld before him, David portrayed a fictionalized version of himself. The storylines also centered around the people in Larry David’s TV life. Jeff Garlin was cast as David’s agent and best friend, Cheryl Hines starred as David’s wife, and Susie Essman rounded out the primary cast, portraying Garlin’s on-screen spouse.
For Curb Your Enthusiasm fans, the news that the show may return for another season is something they have been hoping to hear for years. For those who have been fans of Larry David’s brand of humor since the Seinfeld days, this is perhaps an even bigger story.
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