Jeff Garlin may have his hands full with the ABC TV show “The Goldbergs” and a new movie he wrote and directed for Netflix called “Handsome,” currently in post-production, but he can’t wait to make time to act in the the next season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
“I get to hang out with Larry David and interact all day, I get a really big check, and people are very happy watching the show,” Garlin told reporters Monday on the red carpet at the Museum of the Moving Image’s industry tribute to Seth Myers and Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. “I don’t need anything else.” (No contract for the new season has been signed yet.)
CNN’s Jake Tapper introduced Myers, who joked that “no one should be afraid to make fun of Donald Trump.” Myers has a ban on Trump appearing on “Late Night” for as long as Trump has a press ban on The Washington Post. Garlin introduced Sarandos, who remembered Anton Yelchin — star of the upcoming Netflix series “Trollhunters” — who died tragically on Sunday. The room also observed a moment of silence for the victims of the shooting in Orlando.
One of the lightest parts of the evening came when Garlin performed a stand-up routine in which he teased Ashton Kuther, also in attendance, for being rich and handsome. “You’re loaded,” Garlin said, adding that “every morning you look in the mirror and see that face.”
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Though Garlin can’t wait to get back to working for HBO, he praised Netflix and Sarandos lavishly for the freedom that he was afforded working on “Handsome,” a detective comedy. “Ted Sarandos really respects creative people and he leaves them alone,” Garlin said. “When I filmed the movie, nobody from Netflix was checking on me on the set. They trusted me and that’s what they do with everyone.”
For Sarandos, the fact that HBO will once again have a cult show like “Curb Your Enthusiasm” on the air is just going to drive Netflix and other networks to compete even harder.
“The consumer has been the big winner in all of this, because as everyone is chasing each other for mind share and quality and programming, everyone is one-upping each other constantly and making better and better shows,” Sarandos said. “The way that people watch is becoming less important than the quality of the shows themselves, but I do think that what you’ll see is more on-demand options, bigger budget shows. We’re going to be competing for attention at a more intense rate.”
Also at the event Monday was “Orange is the New Black” star Yael Stone, who said she was proud for the way her Netflix show has raised awareness about the truth of women’s lives in prison. “This season we kind of zoomed out and saw the prison more for the money-making business that it is at the moment,” she said. “You see on that bottom line that each human being in that prison represents dollar signs, which is a truly interesting thing to wrap your head around.”
Focusing on the show’s fictional institution, Management & Correction Corporation, also brings out a lot of the conflict in the series, she said. “We see the trickle down effect of how that lands with the women themselves, in terms of overcrowding, hygiene issues, and work issues,” she said. “It’s dealing with real issues and reminding us that these are real people, and I have a great deal of pride about that.”