TCA Press Tour: ‘Seinfeld’ reunion comes together on new season of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’
After years of saying no to the idea of a “Seinfeld” reunion, Larry David told reporters why he conceded and wrote a reunion into the upcoming season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm”:
“I always said no. We would never do that, it’s a lame idea. And then I thought it might be very funny to do that on ‘Curb.’ And I kept thinking about it, and started to think of different scenarios. I called Jerry, and Jerry was game. I called the others, and we did it.”
But why would on-screen Larry do the reunion? one reporter asked.
“That’s a very good question, and that will be answered in one of the episodes,” David said. “That’s a big thing, because I would never do that, so there was a compelling reason why I decided to do it.”
“Seinfeld” shouldn’t expect a full reunion episode, rather, viewers will see David and Seinfeld writing the episode, aspects of the read-through, parts of rehearsals and the show-within-the-show being filmed.
“You’ll get an idea of what happened [to the characters] 11 years later,” David said. “You won’t see a show from beginning to end, but you’ll see parts of it.”
Audiences will also see the cast members playing themselves on “Curb,” which raises the question, will the subject of the Michael Richard debacle make its way into the series?
“It’s possible,” David teased. The reunion show will play out in “Curb’s” season finale, which could be expanded into a one-hour episode.
From the looks of footage screened for critics Thursday afternoon, David’s on-screen wife Cheryl (Cheryl Hines), whom he separated from last season, will be back, as well as Loretta Black (Vivica A. Fox) and her family. “I don’t want to say how many shows, but you’ll be seeing her,” he said. Also, Rosie O’Donnell will be back as a guest star -- and she and Larry will come to blows.
“She’s hilarious,” David said. And a force, too. “She’s very formidable physically.”
Asked whether “Curb” will keep going after this season, David, as he so often does, demurred. It’s always about coming up with a new arc, he said. “It’s a concern. [This season] is going to be tough to beat, I can tell you that.”
The outlook could be good. David said that “Curb” has been good for his neuroses, after one journalist told him he looked happier than usual.
“I was talking to someone earlier, and I was saying that this Larry is kind of melding with “Curb” Larry. I love “Curb” Larry. Always hated this Larry,” he said, gesturing to himself. “So yes, I am a little happier!
-- Denise Martin
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