“We’re thrilled that Larry has decided to do a new season of Curb and can’t wait to see what he has planned,” said HBO president of programming Casey Bloys, who made the announcement at the end of a Comedy Master Class he held with Girls executive producer Jenni Konner at the Banff World Media Festival this morning. It was former HBO head of comedy Bloys’ first major public appearance since he took over HBO’s top programming job.
Asked why he decided to come back, David said, “In the immortal words of Julius Caesar, ‘I left, I did nothing, I returned.’”
No cast has been confirmed but virtually all original cast members, including Jeff Garlin and J.B. Smoove, have said that they would return for another season.
While the most recent eighth season of Curb had a final scene of Larry (David) in France that could serve as a series ending, HBO brass had kept up the hope that David would do another season eventually.
HBO’s previous president of programming Michael Lombardo last year spoke of a meeting he had had with David before the premiere of the Seinfeld co-creator’s play Fish In The Dark. At that meeting, David pulled out a notebook. “Do you know what this is?” he asked. “This is the ‘next season’ notebook.”
“I don’t think it’s out of his system,” Lombardo said at the time. “When he has something to say, he will come back. I certainly see this as a continuing dialogue with him – a long one, but a continuing one.”
Curb Your Enthusiasm stars David as an over-the-top version of himself in an unsparing but tongue-in-cheek depiction of his life. With 80 episodes to date, the show is HBO’s longest-running scripted comedy or drama series. Following Season 8 of Curb, David starred in and co-wrote the 2013 HBO Films presentation Clear History.