It’s been more than five years since HBO last gifted us with the talents of Larry David and the Curb Your Enthusiasm gang. So of course we’ve all been wondering what David’s alter ego has been up to — and what he could get up to — in the upcoming ninth season.
Luckily David, who is known to hate press conferences, media and people in general, decided to make a rare appearance at the Summer Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles, and we just so happened to be at it.
Obviously, we tried to get as much information as possible out of David about the new, top-secret season, and obviously he didn’t want to say much. But he did reveal a few key details, so in that vein here’s everything we now know heading into the Oct. 1 premiere.
This is real time
When we last saw Larry six years ago he was jetting off with Leon to escape his responsibilities and blow dodge. When the show returns in October six years will have fittingly passed, but Larry is just as cranky, opinionated and socially awkward as ever. Luckily, we’ll get 10 brand new episodes to explore it all.
Now was also just the right time
It seems like whenever David wants to do his show, HBO is ready and willing. But he’ll only do it on his terms. Those terms seemed to apply to right around now, so the powers that be went ahead with this season.
“Why not? You know, I’m not a miser, so to speak. I don’t really miss things, people that much. But I was missing it,” David said during the conference. “I was missing these idiots. So I thought, ‘Yeah, what the hell?’ I got tired of people asking me, ‘Is the show coming back?’ I couldn’t face that question anymore. And I wasn’t ready to say no, never.”
Larry has plenty of bees in his bonnet
So what kinds of social commentary will Larry have for us this time around? Well, we only saw a handful of clips, but it looks as though he’s taking on a happy young couple who are entirely too loving in front of his office window; an employee who was out sick because she was too constipated to work; and a trespassing neighbour who may or may not have stolen his plant. Sounds about right to us.
This Larry is pretty close to the real Larry
If you think this character is out there, you wouldn’t be incorrect to assume the man playing him is out there too. David is the first person to admit to that.
“TV Larry is just about a quarter of an inch away from Real Larry,” the 70-year-old said. But that doesn’t mean people have taken any extra precautions to walk the other way when they see him on the street these days. “Unfortunately, they don’t avoid me,” he complained.
Here’s the thing though: David doesn’t seem himself as a complete jerk. When someone asked him if he could compare his character to Donald Trump he simply shrugged. “I don’t consider myself a prick.”
There will be plenty of guest stars
Okay so we’re not talking Seinfeld reunion level of guest stars here, but we are talking some pretty notable names. Names like Bryan Cranston and Nick Offerman… Elizabeth Banks and Jimmy Kimmel… heck, even Judge Judy is stopping by for a scene, and we’re kind of giddy at the prospect. (Could Judge Judy finally be the one to knock some sense into Larry?!)
A Gilmore Girl is joining this season too
If there’s anyone we’d love to see share a meal with Larry, it’s Lorelei Gilmore. Unfortunately there aren’t any crossovers about to go down on this new season, but we do know that the woman who played Lorelei, Lauren Graham, is indeed joining in a top secret role.
There are some familiar faces too
Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Jeff Garlin, J.B. Smoove, Susie Essman, Richard Lewis and a whole whack of other familiar faces are expected to stop by when the show returns. Even Cheryl Hines, whose character is now divorced from Larry, will return for a couple of appearances in the new season, meaning that things are about to get real, y’all.