By Brian Lowry, CNN
Larry David has spent the past 21 years working for HBO. But in the world of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” even “Larry David” is selling a show to Netflix.
Netflix’s subplot was only part of the premiere of the series’ 11th season, which as usual found David’s sitcom alter ego facing various indignities and irritations, d ‘a friend who wouldn’t pay off a debt (others told him to back off because of the guy’s early dementia) to his comedic colleague Albert Brooks who decided to organize a’ funeral ‘for himself, allowing the people to toast him while he was alive, and Jon Hamm (again himself) to try to speak Yiddish. (Brooks’ older brother Bob Einstein appeared regularly on “Curb” before his death in 2019.)
David also encountered a problem in his relatively new relationship with Lucy Liu, the last considerably younger actress to enter his orbit, after entering a sliding glass door, causing him to see him more as a weak old man than like a potential romantic. partner.
Yet perhaps the most frowning wrinkle involved David presenting a comedy about a younger version of himself to HBO rival Netflix, whose executives were eager to buy it. Of course, there were immediate hiccups, with David pushing for an unqualified actress to be chosen to do away with a possible lawsuit, and the notoriously thorny writer-producer telling executives they’d get along fine as long as no one was trying to give him a note of what to do.
In the past, David’s fictitious commercial efforts – such as Mel Brooks casting him in “The Producers” – have spanned entire seasons, which means Netflix could receive plenty of marquee time on the HBO series. (Like CNN, HBO is a unit of WarnerMedia.)
As Variety’s chief media analyst, Andrew Wallenstein tweeted, “I can’t imagine WarnerMedia being thrilled that the new episode of ‘Curb’ features Larry David’s ‘character’ selling a show to Netflix.”
Then how Is Does HBO think so? Representatives of the network declined to comment. But that seems like a pretty good sign that HBO isn’t giving the real Larry David many ratings, either.
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