Almost five years after wrapping Season 8 of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry David is finally preparing to begin production of another season of his HBO comedy. But while Season 9 is scheduled to film this fall, some of Curb's most famous co-stars are still waiting to hear if, and when, they'll return to the show.
HBO hasn't announced any casting news, as it is still waiting to hear from David, who hasn't commented publicly about the new season beyond his statement in June announcing it would be back: "In the immortal words of Julius Caesar, 'I left, I did nothing, I returned.'"
Also complicating matters is that because the show last aired in 2011, many of David's Curb co-stars now have full-time commitments on other shows: Jeff Garlin (who plays David's manager, Jeff) stars in The Goldbergs on ABC; Cheryl Hines (who plays David's ex-wife, Cheryl) appears in the new Fox fall comedy Son of Zorn; and frequent guest star Ted Danson is on NBC's new comedy The Good Place.
Despite his commitment to The Goldbergs, which begins its fourth season this fall, Garlin told Adweek he will definitely be back with David. "Yes, I'll be doing more Curb," said the actor, who had a clause put into his Goldbergs contract that allowed him to continue to be involved with Curb if and when David ever decided to make more episodes.
Now that the moment has come, how will Garlin juggle both shows? "I have no idea," he said. "They're shooting at the same time. It'll work out."
Hines also anticipates that she'll return for Season 9. "I think I'm involved," she told Adweek, explaining that David has told her she'll be returning, but nothing has yet been finalized.
The actress won't have the same filming conflicts as Garlin, as she has already finished filming the live-action/animated hybrid Son of Zorn, which requires a lengthy postproduction schedule so that the animated lead character, Zorn, can be added into scenes with Hines and her co-stars.
"We're done filming Zorn for now. Hopefully we'll hear something very soon about our second season," she said. "And then I'll just take it one day at a time, I think."
Danson was never a regular on Curb, but appeared in 13 of Curb's 80 episodes, playing himself. He and his wife Mary Steenburgen, who also has made multiple appearances on the show, haven't yet been told whether they will be a part of the new season. "He did reach out to let us know he was doing it," said Danson of David. "After that, he gets very vague, so you probably know as much as I do."
Right now, even HBO programming president Casey Bloys is in the dark about exactly who will be joining David. "My hope is most of the cast, but we don't have any of those details worked out yet," he said last month.
He'll have to figure that out soon, as the show is scheduled to go into production in the fall. HBO plans to air those Season 9 episodes sometime next year.