Pretty, Pretty, Pretty Good: Larry David and the Making of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm
Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub
be all over.” Larry’s need to make comedy out of this would later take on a poignant tone when, in Curb’s sixth season, Cheryl leaves Larry — an act that had as its source Larry David’s own marriage breakup. Season one began to air in October of 2000 and by January it had been renewed for a second season. After that, instead of the creators waiting to see if the network wanted to continue the show, the positions would be reversed; HBO would have to hope that Larry wanted to do another season.
trouble with their subsequent careers. Rather than pretend that wasn’t so, what if Larry actually played that up? And so he came up with a story in which Cheryl is growing impatient with her husband doing nothing since the end of Seinfeld. So Larry, talking with Jason Alexander, muses about the idea of a sitcom about an actor who can’t get work because he’s too identified with an earlier role. They pitch the idea to a series of networks, each of whom would bite — at least until Larry, with
pretends to be firing a gun, as if playing cowboys and Indians. In other episodes Larry will also show himself as someone who, although childless, seems to like kids and especially likes to entertain them. That he’s rather heavy-handed about his play, sometimes too adult, and is rather stupid about judging their responses doesn’t mean his impulse isn’t genuine. Suddenly the wagon stops. A big, muscled-up guy with long blond hair gets out. “Have you heard of Columbine?” he yells at Larry. As
up with Larry and Cheryl trying to get to Monterey, made complicated by missing their flight due to Larry’s insistence that he drive to the airport. There’s a priceless couple’s moment when he asks Cheryl whether he should take Lincoln Boulevard. “I need Lincoln approval!” he cries, sounding like countless driving husbands before him. Suffice it to say that they arrive by the riverside in time to see the minister about to dunk the convert under the water. But Larry thinks the minister is trying
being mentally challenged himself by Mel Brooks’s assistants. And in the other, one of the men (Judah Friedlander who plays Frank on 30 Rock) figures out the card trick that has baffled Larry. Hey, even retarded people are smarter than Larry! Larry isn’t exactly disappointed to hear that Ben Stiller has quit The Producers. Or that his place will be taken by David Schwimmer from Friends. Bring on those guest stars! EPISODE FOUR The Weatherman / Original Airdate: January 25, 2004 / Directed