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Hamm and Seinfeld Will Talk 'Curb' on TV Guide Network

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 8th 2010 6:01PM
'Curb Your Enthusiasm'The TV Guide Network seems to be really trying to increase their original content, and they seem to be doing it the right way. And I'm not saying it because I've appeared on the channel. No, it's because they're really trying to go beyond just having listings scroll on the bottom of the screen and presenting red carpet arrival specials. They're acquiring shows, treating them right, and adding value to them.

Take the case of the network's acquisition of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm.' Not only did the network decide to run each episode in its entirety in a one-hour timeslot, a good move considering that Larry David would have tore what's left of his hair out trying to edit them, they've decided to fill the hour with panel discussions that relate to the "issues" brought up during the episode.

Among the announced panelists are going to be Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Hamm, Seth Green, Rob Zonbie, Taraji P. Henson, Adam Carolla and Patti Stanger (yes, the 'Millionaire Matchmaker' herself will weigh in on 'Curb's' issues). The panels will be hosted by Susie Essman.

This kind of discussion show would have only worked out if David could get a diverse list of names, big stars and experts, to man the panel. Hopefully, they'll follow the 'Politically Incorrect' model and try to have a panel of people that would never want to be caught in the same room together, philosophically, politically, and emotionally. It'll foster the same level of discomfort you see emanating from David through most of the series (heck, most of his life).

I can envision DL Hughley and the New York Times' ethicist, Randy Cohen, discuss accidental racism, for instance. Or Seinfeld and Gloria Allred talk about celebrity privacy. And who doesn't want to see Merrill Markoe get in an argument with Stanger about dating and love?

What the TV Guide folks have done is make people want to see 'Curb' all over again, even if they have seen every episode or own the DVDs. And any network that can pull that feat is doing something right.

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Can't wait to see this! I have all the DVD's, but am looking forward to the panel discussions. I'm still curious to see how TV Guide Channel will handle the language. If they cut the cursing instead of "bleeping" it, we will never see Susie.

April 09 2010 at 2:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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