In case you forgot, Sunday's episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm features the buzzworthy Seinfeld reunion. Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Michael Richards will all play themselves in a storyline that has Larry endeavoring to put together a Seinfeld reunion special. This being Larry David, his reasons for doing the reunion are wholly selfish, and this being Curb Your Enthusiasm, it won't go as planned.
Sunday night is the beginning of multi-episode arc about the reunion, and it is really is exciting. Some may say this isn't a big deal; that it's just four actors from a sitcom that was famous 10 years ago acting on another sitcom. But we can't help getting caught up in the, er, enthusiasm. Seinfeld is still on in syndication roughly 9 million times a day, and after seeing every episode, viewers have a deep familiarity with the characters. It's a joy just to watch them talk about the show. One of the best parts of Larry's character on Curb was imagining what it must have been like to work with on Seinfeld, and now we get to see it in action.
As we've said before, the fictional aspect of this Seinfeld reunion is the best conceivable way to do it. There are plenty of jokes about how generally disappointing reunion specials are, and Larry, (because of that selfish reason we won't tell you about here) has to work pretty hard to convince the skeptical stars. And that's before all the self-sabotage Larry inadvertently engages in on any episode of Curb.
The most conspicuous component of this reunion, which is not mentioned Sunday but will be in a future episode, is Michael Richards' 2006 very public meltdown and use of the N word. David told Extra that Richards "made a terrible mistake" but deserves another chance. Regardless of how you feel about Richards -- and we're not really ready to let him off the hook yet -- it's nice to see his colleagues standing by him. Richards has been unemployable in Hollywood for the last three years, and it's probably not the easiest thing in the world for David et. al to appear onscreen with him, as his presence will no doubt make some people upset. If they never addressed the issue, that would be one thing, but it seems they will confront it, somehow. It will be fun to see how they pull it off.
HBO's comedies have been disappointing recently. Eastbound & Down was fantastic but brief, and the second season of Flight of the Conchords wasn't as strong as the first. Entourage doesn't even try to make jokes anymore, Hung is a dark comedy more dark than comedy, and Bored to Death is utterly disappointing. Fortunately, we think Curb is just as hysterical as ever. How about you?Curb Your Enthusiasm airs on Sunday at 10 p.m. on HBO