After a five-year hiatus, creator and star Larry David is finally ready to return to the world of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
David and HBO have officially announced plans for Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 9. And while we don’t have a release date yet, fans should just be happy that the show’s getting made in the first place.
HBO has essentially adopted an open door policy when it comes to Larry David and Curb. The last season of the show aired in 2011, and in the five years since the network hadn’t ruled out producing more episodes. Instead, it was David who appeared apprehensive about bringing the show back, staying true to the persona he crafted on the series.
Commenting on the long-awaited return, David had this to say:
“In the immortal words of Julius Caesar, ‘I left, I did nothing, I returned.'”
David’s done a lot more than nothing since Curb Season 8 ended. He wrote and starred in the 2013 HBO movie Clear History and last year had a Broadway hit with Fish in the Dark, an original play he also wrote and starred in. The creator’s been pushed into the spotlight in recent months thanks to appearances on Saturday Night Live as presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, earning rave reviews for his impression of the Vermont senator. He even hosted the show back in February, resulting in one of this season’s best episodes.
While David’s interest in the show may have waned for a period, HBO would have been foolish to cancel Curb Your Enthusiasm. The series is one of the cable network’s best reviewed comedies, earning critical praise and fan love that rivals David’s Seinfeld. And Season 8 was its most successful yet, scoring some of the show’s highest ratings.
More importantly, Curb Your Enthusiasm is the perfect representation of HBO’s artistic, creator-driven approach to television. The network was an early pioneer of the premium TV offerings that viewers are now used to, with a string of hits in the early 2000s like The Sopranos, Sex and the City and Curb cementing its programs as essential viewing. Luckily, Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s loose structure allows HBO to revive the show whenever David wants to make more, bringing some comedic prestige to the network and major laughs to fans.
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