For many years the name Larry David only meant something to a relatively modest number of people. Despite being the co-creator of Seinfeld – a TV series that is arguably the greatest American sitcom of all time - David was also responsible for writing 62 of Seinfeld’s 180 episodes. Yet, because he did not star on the show (aside from the odd cameo) and tended to avoid the tremendous limelight associated with the series, few deferred to the comedian’s brilliance.
All of this changed in 2000 when David branched out on his own and created Curb Your Enthusiasm for HBO. The series followed David playing himself as he navigated his day-to-day life in Los Angeles. Audiences were immediately drawn to David’s familiar acerbic wit and comedic lack of social graces, prompting the series to gain a strong following and run for eight seasons. Though the series never came to an official end, it hasn’t had a new season since 2011. For his part, David refused to say the series was over, thereby keeping hope for more alive.
That hope has now paid off, with HBO having recently announced that Larry David would in fact be returning for a ninth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Fans were elated with the announcement but this joy very quickly gave way to the next question on everyone’s minds: When? During a THR interview, Curb’s executive producer (and David’s right hand man) Jeff Schaffer revealed that things are already in motion and “it won’t be long” before a new season arrives:
"It won’t be long. It won’t be long. Geologically speaking, it’ll be a blink of an eye. Whether the next season of Curb came out one year later, three years later, five years later, 20 years later — detailing the petty behavior of the selfish and the self-serving is an evergreen business."
Schaffer, who also works alongside David in terms of writing, editing, directing, and producing, confirmed that the two were currently working on the ninth season. Over the course of five years David has had numerous options for other projects, but has kept a constant journal of instances of people acting horribly in the real world and as such, “nothing seemed as fun as getting the band back together.” Fans of the series will recall that season 8 ended with Larry and Leon in Paris and while there’s currently no word on what the new season’s plot will involve, even Schaffer’s mention of it being 10 episodes has already kick-started some classic Curb neuroticism:
"Every season we get to nine and we go, ‘Maybe we’ll just do nine this year.’ But then the 10th one comes out and it’s usually one of our favorites. ‘Palestinian Chicken’ was the last one we wrote last season. The danger is this: Now, Larry’s going to go, ‘Why did you say this?! Now we have to do 10!’ I’ve actually just doomed us. Now I feel terrible.”
A lot has changed in Curb Your Enthusiasm since its early seasons, prompting some to argue that its best days are behind it. While it’s true that David’s ability to find fault in even the most mundane of actions has grown into something of a repetitive shtick, it remains a repetitive shtick that can still get big laughs.
The ninth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm could very well be the final one we see from David, but then again, when it comes to the world of this comic genius, one just never knows what he's got up his sleeve.
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