The Larry Sanders Show
"Hey now!" So it's been 15 years since the last episode of HBO's The Larry Sanders Show aired, but since culture is (still) obsessed with celebrity, not to mention the pay cable network has made major inroads with new comedy slates, another season of the groundbreaking series would be a perfect candidate for a limited revival. "No flipping," hear us out. Created by Garry Shandling and Dennis Klein (featuring award winning writers like Peter Tolan, Maya Forbes, Paul Simms and Judd Apatow as well as directors Todd Holland and Ken Kwapis), Larry Sanders was a huge critical success, lasting for six seasons on HBO and influencing a lot of the best television of the last few years.
Using a show-within-a-show format (shot differently to aesthetically distinguish between the scenes and his life behind them), the satire of late night television also had a phenomenal available cast - Shandling, Jeffrey Tambor and Rip Torn not to mention support like Jeremy Piven, Janeane Garofalo, Bob Odenkirk and Sarah Silverman, all who are currently available. The show also famously featured a ton of celebrity guests playing often unflattering versions of themselves. Seriously, check out that crazy long list. And bringing Larry back would be easy enough. Perhaps the executives got worried about the dip in ratings after Larry 'left' and he was almost immediately invited back to the late night show and has been doing it ever since. Or he was briefly put at ten o'clock before an awkward power struggle saw him return to his regular hours. Hmm, sounds familiar. "You may flip now."
Life isn’t a race. Within a close group of friends, however, it can feel like it. As some get promoted up the corporate ladder, others idle within jobs they have no future in. As some think of committing to a single person, others hopscotch through dive bars and on lucky nights, random bedrooms. Through the lenses of disposable income, relationships and later children, we measure ourselves against those we love, simultaneously rooting for our brothers and sisters in arms and yet secretly hoping they never move too far past us. It’s that fascinating and complicated dichotomy of close relationships that Friends understood so well, and it’s that same dichotomy that makes another season on Friends so damn appealing.
When our buddies last left us, they were heading to Central Perk for one last cup of coffee before Monica and Chandler moved to the suburbs. Given their family situation, the change in locations was pretty logical, but it also represented the single biggest threat to the group’s cohesiveness they’d ever encountered. A new season of Friends would offer viewers a chance to see how everyone was able to stay in touch with distance being a real barrier for the first time. It would let fans see how these characters we love so much behave as parents—not parents to little kids—full on, wrist deep parents with actual philosophies and an incredible number of requirements. Jennifer Aniston would probably only agree to be in select episodes and other schedules would need to be worked out, but something tells me millions would run to watch our favorite group of friends hold hands through another stage in their lives.