HBO made it known today that Larry David, creator and star of their hit comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm, will executive produce and play the lead role in an upcoming tele-film for the network. Superbad's Greg Mottola has also signed on to direct. Beyond those basic facts, HBO isn't saying much. The only other confirmed news about the project is that it will not be connected to Curb in any way.
The bigger news here for TV fans is that this film will apparently be taking up all of David's time for the foreseeable future, meaning that the chances of us getting a ninth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm before 2014 are between slim and none. The season eight finale of Curb aired back in September of last year, all but completely ensuring that fans will have to wait out another ridiculous two-and-a-half year dry spell between new episodes, after already enduring a two plus year break between seasons seven and eight.
And make no mistake, we can't blame HBO for this. HBO executives have made it abundantly clear that they welcome any and all new episodes of Curb as soon as Larry David wants to make them. These ungodly waits are the result of one thing and one thing only, Larry David putting them off. I don't mean to disrespect David, as I certainly appreciate all that the man has accomplished creatively, but Curb has a both rabid and loyal fanbase, and it's downright mean to make fans sit in suspense for years between episodes of their favorite show. I'm sure he has his reasons, but until he makes those known to the public, we can only assume that he just doesn't care that much what anyone thinks.
Do you think its unfair for Larry David to make fans wait two plus years for new episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm? Or is the quality of the show worth the long delays?