You may know already that Curb Your Enthusiasm is going to be aired in syndication on the TV Guide Network, starting June 2. And we know what you’re thinking. How’s that going to work, what with all edgy material the writers inject in the paid cable version each week? And also, what about commercials? Doesn’t TV Guide Network have commercials? Yes.
Currently Curb runs for a straight 29 minutes uninterrupted on HBO, while the show’s new syndication channel will air commercials. But Curb fans need not worry. Yes, there will be commercials, but no – besides omitting nasty words – TV Guide will not be cutting anything. “But then won’t each episode run a bit longer than 30 minutes with commercials and no editing of content?” you’re probably asking now. Yes. Relax Here’s the deal.
In fact, you’ll be getting a full hour of Curb fun, thanks to new companion show Curb: The Discussion, hosted by comedian Susie Essman (Larry’s manager’s wife on the show), which cannot be seen on HBO.
In a recent conference call, to which Punchline Magazine was privy, show creator and star Larry David explained, “We have 10 minutes at the end to fill, because they’re not cutting any time out of the show. So, we’re doing this discussion of issues that are raised on the show. We have a panel. And you know, for example, on the first show of last year I found out the doctor was gay, and I went up to him and said ‘Hey I didn’t know you were gay, I was kind of surprised.’ And I offended him. So we’re discussing things like that. Should I have said something in that situation? Can you say something? We’ll even have somebody who is gay talk about it. Would he actually be offended if somebody said that to him? That’s pretty much what the idea of the discussion is.”
The rotating panel will feature comedians and comedy writers such as D.L. Hughley, Merill, Markoe, Lou DiMaggio, Carol Leifer, Kevin Rooney, Jeffrey Ross, Sandra Tsing-Loh and Sam Seder.
In addition to Curb’s new syndication situation, the HBO show will soon be entering its eighth season, and Larry has confirmed half the season will be shot in New York City. For a show that has been rumored to end every season the real question became why did Larry decide to go on for number eight?
“I was trying to think, ‘well what should I do…that’ll be satisfying as this, and I couldn’t come up with anything,” he says.
The new season is shaping up to be a good one, too. When asked if he was going to have British comedian Ricky Gervais on the show he responded, “I would love to have him on and I’m going to see if there’s anything he’s right for this year.”
“I’m always leaning. I’m never kind of not leaning,” Larry told us about chronic thinking about ending the show. “I’ve been leaning from the start.”
He’s not going to let anyone know when it’s the last season either, it just doesn’t matter to him. Larry also doesn’t want anyone preparing for a big series finale like they did with Lost because, “It just makes the whole thing kind of preachy.”
So there will be no closure for Larry’s character.
“Sometimes people just have heart attacks and die, right? There’s no closure,” he says.
So yet again fans will be left wondering if this next season could be the last for Curb Your Enthusiasm.