When a basic cable channel airs a series like Curb Your Enthusiasm — a series initially intended for mature audiences and celebrated for its boundary-pushing storylines — the channel can expect ... passionate ... feedback. As the host of Curb Your Enthusiasm's basic-cable debut, TV Guide Network not only wanted to re-run the series, it wanted to enhance the experience, and so far, the feedback's been great...
Season 1, Episode 2 - "Ted & Mary" - Larry David and Jeff Garlin
In this episode of Curb, entitled "Ted and Mary," we get to meet Larry and Cheryl's couple-friends Ted (hey, he was on Cheers!) and Mary (hey, she was in Back to the Future Part 3!), watch Larry fumble through a crush and enjoy the saga of shoes, shopping and Simon.
Cheryl and Larry are unwinding bowling with their friends (and real-life husband and wife) Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen. Larry winds up and throws a strike thrilling, and impressing all. Ted hands Larry his winnings, Cheryl applauds and there are smiles aplenty. They're having such a good time that Ted invites them both to see Paul Simon with them in their luxury box seats that weekend.
Larry goes up to the counter to turn in his bowling shoes and is handed a pair of sneakers: not his. After looking around, the guy running the counter admits he must have given up Larry's shoes to another guy by mistake. They all can't believe the guy took them (What kind of guy would take someone else's shoes?!) so Larry leaves, not only his phone number, but the building... in his stocking feet.
Ted: "Does this happen to you a lot?"
Larry: "Yeah it does."
Ted, let me let you in on a secret: if it didn't we wouldn't have a show.
Back at their house that night ...
Ever been in a car with a male driver who is lost? What's up with most men's reluctance to ask for directions?
In the second episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, "Ted and Mary," a smitten Larry goes shopping with Mary in an effort to be her friend. Curb: The Discussion host Susie Essman and panelists Randy Cohen, Patti Stanger, Dr. Todd Boyd and Rob Zombie comment.
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Season 1, Episode 1 - "The Pants Tents" - Larry David
What do a 5 inch bunch-up of fabric, lies, deceit, improper speakerphone etiquette and more than a few references to Nazi Germany have in common? Nothing. And everything. Welcome to Larry David's post-Seinfeld exercise in neuroses Curb Your Enthusiasm. Episode 1: "The Pants Tent."
Larry David. Co-creator of Seinfeld one of the most popular shows in the history of American television. After a two year retirement he decides to return to the format that made him rich and famous. What do you suppose the first image of his new HBO program is --the very FIRST thing you see? It's Larry David... squeezing the fabric in his groin.
It starts off innocently enough... well, at least after the groin thing. Larry's distressed about his pants that seem to have a "5 inch fabric bunch-up" every time he sits. He calls his wife Cheryl over and demonstrates the inflated fabric by pushing down on it a number of times. The subject changes and Larry brings up going to see ...
As a die-hard fan of Curb Your Enthusiasm, I'm thrilled that TV Guide Network has the opportunity to air it for our viewers. There was always, of course, the concern that some of the series' more R-rated material would have to be edited for basic cable. As any Curb buff knows, the show is like a fine garment—you can't just cut into it. If we were going to show Curb Your Enthusiasm, we wanted to do everything in our power to preserve its integrity. Larry David liked the sound of this.
Syndicated series that run over 20 minutes are often chopped down to fit the traditional half-hour format, but we wanted to air Curb in its entirety. Larry and his team of executive producers came to us with the idea of Curb: The Discussion, a segment to run after each episode that would round the total running time up to an hour. Developed and produced in collaboration with Real Time with Bill Maher executive producer Scott Carter, The Discussion features host Susie Essman (Susie Greene on Curb) chatting with celebrities, experts, and prominent social figures about the show's ethical and moral predicaments.
We then ...
How does Larry David do it?
Curb Your Enthusiasm, David's semiautobiographical sitcom, brilliantly blends spontaneity, social commentary, and intricate plotlines that resolve with the precision of a typical Seinfeld episode. The comparison makes sense, since David co-created that show too.
"I think [Curb] has a spontaneity to it, because it's improvised, that's really refreshing," David says. "I think it deals with a lot of subjects that a lot of people think about but never express. There's an honesty to it."
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Since Curb Your Enthusiasm debuted on HBO as a one-hour special back in 1999, David has ...
Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld
Seinfeld, the iconic sitcom about nothing, and Curb Your Enthusiasm, the brilliant HBO series about the man who co-created Seinfeld, have always been closely linked. But if you think the similarities between the two shows begin and end with Larry David, think again. In anticipation of Curb's TV Guide Network debut, we look at just a few of the connections between the two shows...
Cheryl Hines has an awesome responsibility on Curb Your Enthusiasm: She not only has to bring to life her character, Cheryl David, but also to represent all the women in the world who say they, too, are married to a man like Larry David. (Or at least the cantankerous version of himself the Seinfeld co-creator plays on Curb.) "It's funny — people come up to me all the time and say, 'My husband's just like Larry' or...