Grouchy guys rejoice--your idol will return.
Larry David and HBO will begin production on the sixth season of semi-scripted comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm. Variety reports that the show will begin production in October.
Curb's future had been uncertain after season five, in which the show saw a more than 50 percent decline in viewership from the previous season. The season finale--in which David lay on his deathbed--seemed to indicate that even he thought the show had run its course.
Critics were not so kind, with Brian Lowry in Variety writing that the show had "reached its nadir," and the New York Post's Adam Buckman asking, "Has anyone else [noticed] how lousy the new episodes of Curb are?"
At the TV Critics Association press tour in July, HBO chairman Chris Albrecht stated that the show's future was in David's hands.
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Rapper Kanye West will star in a reality series that HBO is developing with Borat director Larry Charles, sources said.
The as-yet-untitled project is said to focus on a day in what is described as the crazy, hectic life of the Grammy-winning artist. HBO declined comment.
West, a music producer-turned-rapper, has released two multiplatinum albums--2004's The College Dropout and 2005's Late Registration--that yielded five Grammys.
West is also set to star in a feature film inspired by his music. The New Line Cinema project will present a multiperspective portrait of the United States as seen through the eyes of West and several filmmakers.
Charles, a veteran of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, previously directed another musical icon, Bob Dylan, in the 2003 feature Masked and Anonymous.
Each half-hour episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm features verit?-style footage of David (playing himself) at home, at work and around town, as he gets into predicaments with fictional and real-life personalities. With cast regulars Jeff Garlin (as manager Jeff Greene) and Cheryl Hines (as wife Cheryl), the series features appearances by guest celebrities playing themselves or character roles. Candid, unsparing and self-deprecating, Curb Your Enthusiasm brings the off-kilter comic vision of Larry David--co-creator and co-executive producer of one of the most lauded comedy series in TV history, Seinfeld--to HBO. The series blurs the lines between reality and fiction, as David (playing himself) and a cast of real and fictional characters are followed around Los Angeles by a ubiquitous camera that chronicles the private, often banal world of a (relatively) public man. Having evolved from the 1999 HBO special Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm, this series proves how seemingly trivial details of one's day-to-day life--a trip to the movies, a phone call, a visit from some trick-or-treaters--can precipitate a "Murphy's Law" chain of misfortune to hilarious effect. Like George Costanza in Seinfeld, the protagonist of Curb Your Enthusiasm has a knack for getting himself into uncomfortable situations that end up alienating him from peers and acquaintances. To keep the narrative fresh and spontaneous, Curb Your Enthusiasm is shot without a script; the cast is given scene outlines and often improvise lines as they go. The result is an unpredictable format that's unlike anything else on TV. In Germany the show is known as Lass es, Larry! ("Stop it, Larry!")
In French the show is known as Larry et son nombril ("Larry and his Belly Button"), though in Quebec the show is known as Cache ta joie ("Hide Your Joy")
In Portuguese the show is known as A Louca Vida de Larry ("Larry's Crazy Life")
In Norway it is known is Ingen grunn til begeistring
In Sweden it is known as Simma lugnt, Larry!
In Finland it is known as J?it? hattuun