Larry David Plans to Make a 10th Season of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’
Larry David says that he intends to make a 10th season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, and he promises fans that it won’t take six years.
Ahead of the premiere of the new season of Curb on Sunday, Larry David spoke with The USA Today this week. He noted that he’s still working on editing Season 9 but said that as soon as he’s done, “I’ll probably start thinking about another season.” David then added that it “won’t be six years” until the 10th season gets made.
This will come as a relief to many, as Curb Your Enthusiasm has been off the air since 2011. For some time, it wasn’t even clear if the show would ever come back at all, but finally, in 2016, it was announced that Season 9 was in the works. David and the crew began shooting the season that November, and almost a year later, it’s finally premiering this Sunday.
So why did it take so long? When asked this question in various interviews, Larry David has always indicated that it’s as simple as the fact that he didn’t feel like doing it before, and then suddenly he felt like doing it.
“I do not know. I just wanted to do it again,” David told Vanity Fair. “A lot of people kept asking me…I thought, yes, I suppose I should do this.”
David also told The USA Today that he “wasn’t into doing it until I decided to do it, I guess. It’s just whether or not I’m in the mood.”
It wasn’t unprecedented for Curb Your Enthusiasm to take a long break between seasons, though, and it’s been some time since the show followed the schedule of a typical TV comedy. The hiatus between Season 1 and Season 2 was less than a year, as was the hiatus between Season 2 and Season 3. But then there was a 14-month hiatus between Season 3 and Season 4. Before Season 5, there was an 18-month hiatus; before Season 6, there was a 21-month hiatus; before Season 7, there was a 22-month hiatus; and before Season 8, there was a 20-month hiatus.
The break between Season 8 and Season 9 was certainly the longest by far, and during that time, Larry David worked on a few other projects, including starring in a play that he wrote called Fish in the Dark. David says that it won’t be six years until Season 10, but we still probably shouldn’t expect Curb to get back on the air right away, with a 2019 or 2020 release date seeming likely. Technically, HBO hasn’t ordered another season yet, but it would be quite surprising if they did not do so.
Not too much has been revealed about the new season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, and no episodes are being sent out early to critics. But David and the crew have teased that there will be a season-long arc, and the show will go to some crazy places.
“…[W]hat he’s been doing provides the jumping off point for the insane first half of the season that gets much crazier in the second half,” executive producer Jeff Schaffer told Variety.
Apparently, Season 9 also might be a bit controversial as well.
“We’re going to stir up a little bit of a hornet’s nest with it, I’m afraid, but it’s how he saw it and what he wanted to do,” Mary Steenburgen told Entertainment Weekly “…I don’t want it to ruin it for anybody. There are aspects of it that are a little challenging for me. And I think for Ted, too. But it will be interesting.
Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s ninth season premiere will air on Oct. 1 at 10:00 p.m. E.T. on HBO.