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July 30, 2009

Larry David details 'Seinfeld' reunion on 'Curb'

SeinfeldCastCurb The "Seinfeld" cast reunion on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" this fall will be an extensive part of the series. The stars of the original NBC series (Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia-Louis Dreyfus, Michael Richards) will appear in five episodes of the HBO comedy -- along with plenty of other familiar faces (hello, Newman).

The "Curb" story has "Seinfeld" co-creator Larry David and the original cast agreeing to a series revival and follows the process of re-starting the classic sitcom.

"The context is for years I've been asked about a 'Seinfeld' reunion -- as has Jerry and the other cast members," Larry David said at the "Curb" panel at the Television Critics Association's press tour in Pasadena.

"I would say, 'No, there's no reunion, we would never do that, it's a lame idea' ... but it might be really funny to do that on 'Curb' ... and I kept thinking of how we could pull this off, and Jerry was game ... so we're doing a 'Seinfeld' reunion show. ... We'll see the read-through, parts of rehearsals, the show being filmed ... you won't see the entire [mock 'Seinfeld' episode] ... you'll get an idea of what happened 11 years later [for the characters]."

Asked whether the show will acknowledge Michael Richards' comedy club scandal, David said, "It's possible."

The "Seinfeld" reunion idea will be introduced a couple episodes into the season and will be the show's main arc this season. The season finale might be an hour-long episode.

"It was like getting on a bicycle," David said of writing "Seinfeld" dialog again. "Coming up with the right ideas about what they'd be doing 11 years later ... that took some thought."

David kept silent on what happens in the show to get his alter ego to change his mind about doing the reunion, and kept it unclear whether the reunion on the show would be portrayed as successful or a disaster.

HBO also showed a "Curb" trailer, with clips of, among other things, David angrily trying to open a heavy-plastic sealed electronics packages, and hesitating to rescue a drowning friend at the beach in order to first hide his iPhone from potential theft.

Onstage, however, David was in the best of moods.

"I love 'Curb' Larry, I always hated this Larry," he said, gesturing to himself. "Now they're melding together and, yes, I'm a little happier."

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