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Posted Monday 12/04/17 at 9:35PM EST
Why Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Season 9 finale was its most ambitious episode
“This season finale was probably the most ambitious thing we’ve ever done because we wrote it for somebody who didn’t know that we had written it for him,” says executive producer Jeff Schaffer, “who happened to be in London, and we needed to actually write parts of a musical. From a scheduling and production standpoint, it was ambitious. Larry and I are not musical theater people, that was ambitious. Aside from all of those logistics, we wanted it to be really funny. Also, guest cast-wise it was ambitious, with F. Murray Abraham, Nick Offerman, Casey Wilson and (Lin-Manuel Miranda). Everyone just delivered.”
Posted Thursday 11/30/17 at 6:27AM EST
Curb Your Enthusiasm wrote Lin-Manuel Miranda and Judge Judy into the show before checking in to see if they were available
“You think that the hard part is actually writing the shows, but then you realize that once you've written it, and you've written it for someone specific, that you then need that person,” says executive producer Jeff Schaffer. “Scheduling becomes the hardest thing, because he's one of the most sought-after people on the planet. Luckily, he's a fan of the show and was super excited to do it,” he adds of Miranda, who first met David when David did his Broadway show, A Fish in the Dark.
Posted Monday 11/20/17 at 11:08PM EST
This week’s Curb Your Enthusiasm wasn’t intended to remind viewers of Seinfeld
"This one was about proving that Larry had a point,” says executive producer Jeff Schaffer. “Which, I think, is the heart of Curb."
Posted Tuesday 11/14/17 at 6:04AM EST
Larry David had an “effortless connection” with Lauren Graham on Curb Your Enthusiasm
“The very first scene of her story was the first time she was on set, and she had to say the filthiest things on the planet,” says executive producer Jeff Schaffer. “She was laughing and saying, ‘Oh, my dad was going to be so happy that I was on Curb.’ Larry knew her a little bit socially and just got the great vibe that Lauren gives off.” He also says it was a “lucky coincidence” that David dated an NBC censor after his real-life alter ego made the lives of NBC censors miserable on SNL.
Posted Monday 11/06/17 at 10:48PM EST
Why this week's Curb Your Enthusiasm clocked in at 40 minutes
“Usually, the outlines are about 10 pages,” says executive producer Jeff Schaffer. “This episode was 12 or 13 pages. When we were shooting, I kept telling Larry this episode was never going to cut down to 30 minutes and yes, this was the show where I told Larry he was going to have to talk to somebody at HBO about the lengths. I didn’t want to shoot it all and then have to edit it down. We could either cut stuff before we shoot it, or we could shoot it and he could tell somebody this show was going to be long. But just because he and I had that conversation, doesn’t mean Larry actually had the conversation with HBO until after we finished shooting.” ALSO: This “was just a bad all-around episode of TV comedy”
Posted Monday 10/30/17 at 9:37PM EDT
It’s a “weird coincidence” Curb Your Enthusiasm's “Thank You For Your Service” episode came out the same weekend as Miles Teller's movie
Miles Teller’s new movie Thank You For Your Service had nothing to do with Larry David’s "Thank You For Your Service," says executive producer Jeff Schaffer. "It is a weird coincidence that this episode came out at the same time as that movie," says Schaffer. "I haven’t seen it yet, but I am curious to check out their Revolutionary War reenactment." Schaffer is referring to this week's Revolutionary War reenactment, which was the biggest production in the show’s history, taking advantage of an actual reenactment.
Posted Tuesday 10/24/17 at 4:58AM EDT
Bryan Cranston had said he wanted to be on Curb Your Enthusiasm, and that’s how he wound up as Larry David’s psychiatrist
Cranston’s episode, of course, reunited David and Cranston, who collaborated on Seinfeld. It was also a reunion for Curb executive producer Jeff Schaffer, whose second Seinfeld script was a Tim Whatley episode.
Posted Tuesday 10/17/17 at 11:32PM EDT
Curb Your Enthusiasm: Pretty, pretty boring?
After six years off, Curb Your Enthusiasm has returned with episodes that feel “stale and annoying,” says Michael Starr. “Yes,” he says, “Curb’s theme music is still obsessively catchy — so there’s that — but I’ve found the new season’s first three episodes grating and forced in a been there, done that kind of way — with some genuinely funny lines (i.e. 'warm pocket candy' from the most recent episode) blunted by the show’s predictability and overemphasis on trying to create a Seinfeld-ian 'close talker'/'man hands'-type watercooler moment (i.e. 'no one’s above the beep' from last Sunday’s episode). Add lots of high-decibel shouting and gesticulating and it gets old really fast.
Posted Monday 10/16/17 at 9:51PM EDT
Steve Bannon calls Larry David a “genius” after hearing he was name-dropped on Curb Your Enthusiasm
The former White House advisor and Breitbart boss, who profits off of Seinfeld reruns, told The Daily Beast he hadn’t seen last week’s hate-sex scene, in which David dropped his name and the name of other conservatives. But he did hear about it. ALSO: Curb boss Jeff Schaffer says Bannon’s response makes him feel “a little dirty...That is one fan I’d be very happy to lose.”
Posted Monday 10/16/17 at 3:52PM EDT
How Curb Your Enthusiasm landed that key guest role
“We didn’t have any fear of whether he was going to do it or not because we were too stupid to ask,” says executive producer Jeff Schaffer, who adds that the guest appearance was already written before it was set in stone.
Posted Friday 9/29/17 at 11:05PM EDT
Curb Your Enthusiasm had six years worth of awkwardness to unleash, resulting in denser, longer episodes
Larry David’s HBO comedy will be slightly different when it returns Sunday after a six-year hiatus -- not only will episodes will be super-sized, they'll also be denser. Executive producer Jeff Schaffer explains, “That’s the one thing we were rusty at: Guestimating how long these shows were going to be based on how much we were putting in. We were in the editing room last week editing episodes nine and 10 and I asked, “How could we have ever thought this show could have been a half hour?” We went back to look at the outline and said, “What were we thinking? There are like 30 scenes!” The longest run time is going to be episode 10, the season finale. I don’t have an exact time because we haven’t finished editing it, but it’s big. Closer to an hour. HBO was very generous with their time!
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Posted Tuesday 9/26/17 at 5:44PM EDT
Curb Your Enthusiasm will be full of supersized episodes
“Almost every show is longer than a half an hour, and some are going to go way, way longer,” executive producer Jeff Schaffer tells EW. “When we were writing the outlines, we just kept putting stories and scenes we liked. And then we found lots more fun stuff as we were shooting, so we ended up with way more than 10 episodes worth.”