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Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Freak Book

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Oct 8th 2007 8:02AM

Larry David

(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.

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Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Lefty Call

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Oct 1st 2007 8:03AM

Curb Your Enthusiasm S06E04

(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?

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Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Ida Funkhouser Roadside Memorial

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Sep 24th 2007 7:44AM

Larry David and Cheryl Hines

(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.

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Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Anonymous Donor

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Sep 17th 2007 7:44AM

Curb Your Enthusiasm S06E02

(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.

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Curb Your Enthusiasm: Meet the Blacks (season premiere)

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Sep 9th 2007 11:33PM

Larry David(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.

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Feel uncomfortable? Curb returns on Sept. 9

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Aug 23rd 2007 12:03PM

Larry David

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."

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Hold the onion rings: James Gandolfini speaks - TCA Report

by Michael Maloney, posted Jul 13th 2007 9:22AM

James GandolfiniWill 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.

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Lifetime, F/X, HBO and more - TCA Report

by Michael Maloney, posted Jul 12th 2007 1:41PM

tca logoTCA - 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.

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Larry David and wife Laurie decide to split up

by Paul Goebel, posted Jun 6th 2007 10:33AM

Larry DavidAnyone 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.

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Top 15 best (intentional) uses of profanity on TV - VIDEO

by Julia Ward, posted May 21st 2007 10:16AM
deadwood al swearingGeorge Carlin's "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" routine famously landed him in jail. He was charged for obscenity in 1972 after performing the bit at Milwaukee's Summerfest. When it was broadcast the following year on a New York City radio station, the FCC got in on the act. The radio station challenged the fine, and the case went all the way to the Supreme Court.

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.

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Steve Coogan joins Curb Your Enthusiasm cast

by Julia Ward, posted Mar 7th 2007 3:34PM
Steve CooganSteve Coogan, creator of enduring BBC comedy character Alan Partridge and director Michael Winterbottom's apparent muse, is joining the cast of Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm as a psychiatrist. According to the ever reliable and always tasteful Sun, Coogan is a huge fan of the show and jumped at the chance to play opposite David.

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.

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NBC, Fox rack up Producers Guild nominations

by Anna Johns, posted Dec 5th 2006 9:06PM
arrested developmentWondering what the Producers Guild of America Awards are? I guess the title gives it away, but let me just say that producers nominate top television programming and then vote on their favorites. Kinda like the Academy Awards and what not. This year, in order to give special attention to television, the PGA announced its small screen nominees separate from their film nominations. The nominees were eligible from last fall to May 31, 2006 (new fall programming is not on the list).

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...

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Vivica A. Fox joins Curb Your Enthusiasm

by Adam Finley, posted Dec 4th 2006 4:51PM

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.

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More 'Curb' for HBO

by Anna Johns, posted Aug 10th 2006 9:44AM
larry davidIt turns out it wasn't The End after all. At the end of last season, Curb Your Enthusiasm looked like it was over with a season finale called The End, where Larry David donates a kidney to Richard Lewis and meets his guardian angel. Fans thought it was the final episode of the series since there weren't any plans for a sixth season. Now there's word that HBO and David have reached an agreement for at least one more season of Curb. Filming for ten episodes begins in October but there's no definite air date set.

Is it time for Larry to throw in the towel or do you think he has one last good season in him?

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Would you watch an entire episode on your cell phone?

by Anna Johns, posted Jul 13th 2006 9:31AM
hbo logoHBO just inked a deal with Cingular to make episodes of Sex and the City and Curb Your Enthusiasm available to for viewing on cell phones. This is the first time cell phone content comes in the form of an entire episode, rather than just video shorts. Although, the deal also includes a series of Entourage original video shorts starring Kevin Dillon.

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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