Like few TV shows that came before or after, HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm is a project whose central format could conceivably be extended forever, assuming Larry David ends up achieving immortality. While that ball is in the court of either science or dark magic, HBO announced that Curb Your Enthusiasm has officially been renewed for Season 11. And to be expected, the show's creator and star had a brilliantly on-brand reaction to the news.
Ever the self-aware curmudgeon, at least on TV if not in everyday life (but also in everyday life), Larry David shared his reaction to the Season 11 renewal as part of HBO's public announcement. Check it out below:
Believe me, I’m as upset about this as you are. One day I can only hope that HBO will come to their senses and grant me the cancellation I so richly deserve.
Could anyone have expected anything less from Larry David? Only those who haven't ever seen Curb Your Enthusiasm and never knew he had anything to do with Seinfeld, maybe. But for those that have delighted in David's career over the past 30+ years, that reaction is gold, Jerry! Gold! Also, who's actually upset about more Curb? Nobody!
Amy Gravitt, HBO's Vice President of Programming, gave Season 10 credit for tapping into the country's zeitgeist in an "uncomfortably delightful" way, and also says that Larry David is already in the thick of the creative process. It wasn't clear right away how many episodes Season 11 will be, but considering Seasons 1-10 were all ten episodes each, one can fully expect that the new season will follow suit.
Season 10 did indeed serve as an intentionally warped mirror to reflect the last few years of society back on the world. For one, Larry nearly cancelled himself by divulging in some #MeToo-offending behavior with his office assistant (on more than one occasion, at that). In the series premiere, he ironically wore a "Make America Great Again" hat to stop people from talking to him in public. At different points, Larry offended the transgender community (Including guest star Laverne Cox), and nearly destroyed an interracial couple's relationship over their expectations for their as-yet-unborn child's race. Perhaps his biggest and most foolish error, however, was not enjoying the shit out of Timothy Olyphant's character despite him being a Timothy Olyphant character.
As it usually goes from year to year, Curb Your Enthusiasm featured a slew of guest stars that popped in and out of Season 10 to give Larry (and sometimes Jeff and Leon) hell. The finale alone had Jonah Hill, Sean Penn and Mila Kunis, with other episodes bringing in Alan Tudyk, Clive Owen, Jane Krakowski and many more. I can't wait to see what kind of universally known and obscure celebs Larry will have around in Season 11. (R.I.P. Marty Funkhauser.) My money is on the show getting somebody involved with Tiger King. Maybe Larry buys a zoo?
Of course, most fans already wonder if Larry David is going to theme Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 11 after the current pandemic and self-quarantining. Considering Season 10 ended right around the time COVID worries had taken over, with a season finale that featured hand sanitizer in important ways, people were already wondering how fictional Larry David would handle staying at home with only his neuroses for extended periods of time. Personally, I want to see him get stuck with Ted Danson for the initial 14 stretch.
The overarching narrative in Season 10 was the Larry's Lattes spite store that Larry opened next door to Mocha Joe's. But considering that story ended with an irreversible disaster, the door is wide open for Season 11 to start off in a completely unrelated place. While waiting to hear more news about it, head to our 2020 Summer TV premiere schedule.