The Curb Cast Dishes Season 9 at the TCAs
A new season of Curb Your Enthusiasm premieres this fall, and the cast was ready to tackle questions at the 2017 Television Critics Association press tour.
Larry David, Susie Essman, Jeff Garlin and J.B. Smoove joined executive producer and director Jeff Schaffer on the panel. Celebrating the return of the series after a six-year hiatus, the comedy stars covered everything from guest appearances, Season 9 storylines and the familial connection between David and a certain senator from Vermont. Here are some major takeaways from the event.
1. Larry David had a reason for bringing Curb back in 2017.
Vulture reports that David genuinely missed the show. To quote the comedian, he’s generally not a “misser,” “I was missing it. And I was missing these idiots. So I thought, ‘Yeah, what the hell?’ ”
Not to mention, “I got tired of people asking me, ‘Is the show coming back?’” According to David, “I wasn’t ready to say ‘no, never.’ ”
2. Get excited for guest star appearances.
Curb is known for its cameos, and Season 9 will likely continue the trend. Entertainment Weekly revealed a roster of new faces are slated to make appearances, including Judge Judy Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston, Jimmy Kimmel, Nick Offerman, Ed Begley Jr., Elizabeth Perkins, Carrie Brownstein and Nasim Pedrad.
3. Season 9 is six years of awkward in the making.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, David continued to jot down ideas during the interim period between Season 8 and 9. Executive producer and director Jeff Schaffer revealed, "It wasn’t like [Larry] stopped with [his] little notebook. It was just a question of where those ideas were going to go." With six years of material stockpiled, "the shows are chock-full. They're dense… Just a lot of stuff to get out."
4. It was easy for returning cast to get back “in character.”
USA Today reports that returning after a long hiatus didn’t pose a challenge to series regulars. The returning cast wasn’t surprised by the long lag between seasons. Susie Essman, the actor behind Susie Greene, David’s biggest critic on the show, reveals, “At the end of every season, Larry says, I'm not doing another one, so we're used to that." She added that coming back after six years felt like "nothing."