The most recent new episode of Larry David’s oft-brilliant, semi-improvised comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm aired on HBO in September of 2011, almost five years ago. The passage of time, along with much of the cast moving on to other things, makes it easy to think of Curb as a show that went off the air a long time ago.
But officially, it isn’t. The series was never cancelled and David’s position since 2011 has always been to say, essentially, “I’ll make another season if and when I feel like it,” giving fans a sliver of hope or not very much, depending on his mood in that particular interview. It’s been like that for even longer: Curb’s schedule was pretty sporadic even when it was still an active show, airing eight seasons between 2000 and 2011, with two-year breaks in between seasons for most of the second half of its run. Now, though, there’s hope for more Curb since a member of the cast says David may be gathering the cast for another season.
As reported by Variety, JB Smoove, who plays Leon Black on the show, was on sportscaster Rich Eisen’s DirecTV show when he was asked the status of Curb.
Smoove responded that he calls the 68-year-old David regularly, mostly just to check on him - “because he’s old” - but that on the most recent call David brought up the show, which he rarely does:
So I called Larry like two weeks ago and I said, ‘Hey, Larry man.’ I just talk about regular stuff with him. It’s not always Curb stuff. But this time, aha! This time, he brought up Curb Your Enthusiasm. I don’t ever bring it up. He brought up it up this time… If Larry does not say no, there’s a possibility he may say yes. He said, ‘If I do come back, you’re going to be available?’ I said, ‘You know something, Larry? I will be available. Just call me and give me early notice and I’ll be here.’ I’ll move anything I’m doing to the side for Curb Your Enthusiasm which would be a fabulous thing to do. Season nine would be fabulous.”
Should that be considered a confirmation of the impending return of Curb? Without official confirmation from David and/or HBO it's not set in stone just yet - and nothing like that has happened as of yet. But it is an indication that David is at least thinking about the idea. After all, David lately has been doing a recurring Bernie Sanders impression on Saturday Night Live, one that recent world events suggest might not be necessary going forward.
The best case scenario is that David has been sitting on five years’ worth of great ideas for another Curb season, and can re-connect with the cast and writers to bring back some approximation of the Curb Your Enthusiasm we all remember. After all, a show coming back after a break of several years is far from unheard of these days. And if it does come back we know, at least, that Smoove is on board.
In the meantime, the entire run of Curb Your Enthusiasm to date is streaming on HBO Go and HBO Now.