Curb Your Enthusiasm
(S06E05) "Happy birthday... Becker!" - Charlie, the limo driver
The trend continues! That's two weeks in a row with a solid episode and the grotesque and morbid themes have carried on as well. Last week it was Larry's bowel movements and this week it's Larry's new favorite book (Mondo Freaks) and cemetery plots. He's definitely exploring the darker side of his humor in this season.
(S06E04) "She has bowel concern for you and I do too!" - Richard Lewis
For a show where the main character does nothing but sh*t on people, or in turn only gets sh*t on, I suppose it only makes sense that there would be an episode devoted entirely to... well, sh*t. Notice how this episode played out though. Rather than a few random stories that only sort of intertwined (like we've seen this season), everything in this episode stemmed from one action: Larry got Cha-Cha (Richard Lewis' girlfriend) a receptionist job at the office down the hall from his. How could poor old Larry have possibly realized that it would lead to some temporary deafness and pain in his right ear?
(S06E03) "You can't ask a mourner for fifty dollars." - Larry
I think I'm starting to agree with what a lot of people have been noticing already. This season feels a lot darker, even for Larry's twisted sense of reality. He's much more of a jerk. Much worse than I ever recall. The bad thing about it is that the people who have traditionally always been by his side (Cheryl and Jeff) are starting to seem fed up now as well. I'm fairly certain that Larry won't be as enjoyable to watch if he has no one to complain to.
(S06E02) "Whatchu talkin' 'bout L.D.?" - Loretta
I tell you what. For someone that we know to be just about the most offensive and insulting person on TV, Larry David has quite the rapport with the Los Angeles black community. From Krazee-Eyez Killa to Leon, black people love Larry David. Even when he's dressed in a bed sheet, looking partially like a Klan member, black people love Larry David. My point? I don't have one... just an observation.
(S06E01) "He knowingly fed us penis!" - Larry
Well that was interesting. Disappointing? Sort of... but not really. Honestly, this episode was a perfect example of what makes Curb so good. However, I think that since it's been gone for two years I had built this premiere up in my head way too much. So it fell a little flat for me. Did I laugh hysterically? You bet. Did I feel uncomfortable more than once? Check. Did I inadvertantly compare it to every other great episode? Yeah... and there lies the problem with Curb Your Enthusiasm. You end up comparing apples with oranges and in reality you've got pineapples, watermelons, kiwi, and a few kumquats for good measure.
Despite the misleading title to Curb Your Enthusiasm's fifth season finale ("The End") the show is far from over. Larry, Cheryl, Jeff, and the rest of TV's most inappropriate clan return to HBO one week after the season four finale of Entourage. On tap for this season? Cheryl convinces Larry that they should adopt an African-American family that's been displaced by a hurricane, Larry envies the anonymity of Ted Danson (I wonder if Damages will be mentioned), and Susie says the "F" word... a lot. Lord knows what else they have in store to make us viewers feel violated simply by watching. Guest stars will include Danson, his wife Mary Steenburgen, Curb regular Richard Lewis, and Vivica A. Fox. Season six premieres on Sunday, September 9 at 10PM on HBO with the episode "Meet the Blacks."
Will Nip/Tuck have a season six? Why is James Gandolfini going back to HBO and will Larry David end Curb Your Enthusiasm?
These tidbits -- and a tons of swag -- came out at today's TCA press sessions at the Beverly Hilton hotel. I had to remind myself that today was a cable day because the roster of talent read like a major network.
Jason Priestly (Beverly Hills 90210) led the cast of Side Order of Life, a Lifetime series in which star Marisa Coughlan has second thoughts about marrying Priestly. But, hey, if Big dumped Natasha on Sex in the City then I suppose anything's possible.
TCA - Day 1 (or 4, if you count PBS)
TCA -- aka the TV Critics' press tour -- is a convention for journalists where the major networks and cable outlets unveil their fall programs to the press for review. The tour, which is held at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, began on Monday (with PBS) and runs until July 26th with ABC.
About 200 plus members of the press from across the country are inundated with reality, comedy, drama and other types of programs. Interview opportunities are non-stop. We're fed constantly and given tons of free gifts -- trinkets, pens, paperweights, DVDs and press materials.
Anyone who knows, met or has ever worked with Larry David knows that his on-screen personality is very similar to his real personality.
I remember when I did a scene with him on Curb Your Enthusiasm, my friend Jeff Garlin showed up on the set early to warn me about Larry and not take anything personally. I was glad he did. While Larry wasn't the worst person I had ever worked with, he certainly wasn't pleasant. However, once the series aired, it was clear that he knew what he was doing.
Now, I intend on using every one of Carlin's "dirty words" after the jump so consider yourself warned. Be prepared to wash your computer's mouth out with soap. It may look like a saint, but it swears like sailor.
If you haven't seen Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story or Knowing Me, Knowing You... Alan Partridge, I must insist that you leave TV Squad immediately, join Netflix and get started on your own personal Coogan marathon. It's rare that I say this about anyone media-related other than Joss Whedon, but the man is a genius. My fandom cannot be stopped.
While Fox and NBC received the most nominations, the listings are pretty mainstream with stuff like House, Lost, The Office, and Arrested Development all being nominated for awards. What about Rescue Me, Battlestar Galactica, Veronica Mars and The Closer? Grrrr. Interestingly, in the 'Variety' category, Jay Leno and The Daily Show are left out in favor of the opening ceremonies of the Olympic games. And, oddly, 60 Minutes is lumped in a category with a bunch of reality shows. Awards will be given out January 20.
And the nominees are...
Vivica A. Fox will be joining the cast of Curb Your Enthusiasm for the show's sixth season, which kicks off next year. According to Hollywood Reporter, there's not much information, though information points to Fox playing the member of a black family who moves into the David's home after a natural disaster. So there you go, Vivica A. Fox will be playing a black woman, and frankly, I couldn't be happier. I was starting to grow tired of seeing her constantly playing an elderly Chinese man.
The storyline is meant to spoof the events of Hurricane Katrina, as well as race relations. I imagine we can look forward to Larry saying something incredibly inappropriate. The article doesn't mention whether Fox's character will stay on the show or whether she'll only be part of this specific storyline.
Is it time for Larry to throw in the towel or do you think he has one last good season in him?
I'm not so sure that I could handle squinting at my tiny cell phone screen for 30 minutes to watch an entire show. It's hard enough to do on a video iPod. Any takers?
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