“Curb Your Enthusiasm” was never meant to come back. That’s according to a Variety interview with executive producer Jeff Schaffer, who says that the season-eight finale that aired in 2011 was meant to be a series finale as well; luckily for us, that’s not the case — even though the show almost didn’t begin production on time due to the election.
Schaffer reveals that, since the first day of shooting took place the day after last November’s election, he “honestly thought we were going to have to take an insurance day and not be able to shoot. So the season is steeped in that context, and there are definitely a few jokes that are from this political context.”
“These are dark times, and pettiness, like freedom, dies in darkness,” adds Schaffer. “So this season is dense and full and big because there’s been a five-year log-jam of indignities and violations of etiquette. [Larry has] been hoarding indiscretions like Scrooge McDuck, and now he’s finally going to let them all out.” Considering how many indiscretions he came up with without a six-year hiatus before, that comes as good news.
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Even so, says Schaffer, “Curb” remains “a monument to the supreme power of not giving a f— about anything other than what’s funny.” That sounds about right, and we’ll know for sure when the show returns to HBO on October 1.