Curb Your Enthusiasm, the oft-improvised HBO series created by and starring Seinfeld impresario Larry David, aired eight seasons between 2000 and 2011, before entering an extended, indefinite hiatus, during which time David starred in movies and Broadway shows, played Bernie Sanders on Saturday Night Live and occasionally teased Curb’s return. The return of the series was officially announced in the spring of 2016, with production taking place last winter in preparation for an October 1 season premiere.
Aside from a couple of teasers, and news of recurring and guest-star casting, not much has been known of what Curb Your Enthusiasm’s return might look like. But now, aside from those HBO leaks, we have our first extended look at the ninth season, and the title of the clip says it all: 'Larry’s Back and Nothing’s Changed'.
HBO debuted its first official trailer for the ninth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm on Sunday, prior to the premiere of the new series The Deuce. The 90-second clip shows, in case there was any doubt, that the Curb we’ll be getting next month is not all that different from the one we remember.
We see Larry dealing with such every day indignities as having trouble with shower soap and shoelaces, arguing with a judge, and getting into one of those odd staring contests. He sports his usual incongruous casual wear -- even during a court appearance -- and gets into arguments with such familiar foes as Leon Black (JB Smoove), Susie Green (Susie Essman) and Richard Lewis. And, of course, there’s that familiar theme music.
There was probably never much chance that the returning Curb Your Enthusiasm would be much different, whether thematically or aesthetically, from the show as it’s existed since its debut in 2000. It’s not going to suddenly position Larry David as a friendly, well-adjusted individual who gets along well with his peers, accepts the blessings of his long and successful life and never get into ridiculous arguments about nonsense. If it did, fans of the series would likely revolt and stop watching.
Sure, the idea of comedy being wrung from a wealthy white man whining about minor inconveniences may look somewhat different in the America of 2017 than it did 15 years ago. But even so, it appears the new incarnation of Curb Your Enthusiasm will give fans of the series exactly what they’re looking for: More of the same.
Curb Your Enthusiasm season 9 premieres Sunday, October 1 on HBO.