In case you haven’t heard, Curb Your Enthusiasm has just wrapped filming its final season… or did it?
Larry David and co have just started editing together the 12th season of Curb and while we don’t have an exact release date yet, there are some fears that this upcoming season will be the show’s last.
Rumors of the show ending began popping up last week after a couple of tweets from crew members foreshadowed its demise. “Maybe you love the show. Maybe you hate the show. Maybe you don’t give a shit. In any event, shooting the last scene of the last episode of the final season,” Curb producer Jon Hayman tweeted last Tuesday, prompting a Twitter frenzy of freaked out fans.
Director Robert Weide seemingly confirmed the news, posting a tweet saying “1st day: March, 1998. Last day(?): March 27, 2023. These 25 years have flown by. Thank you, #LarryDavid. What a trip.”
While the evidence seemed pretty damning at first, tides may now be shifting as BOTH of those have since been deleted.
Moreover, executive producer Jeff Schaffer is now saying the remarks about the ending of Curb are being blown out of proportion. In talking with Deadline, Schaffer said “reports of our demise have been greatly exaggerated. We literally just finished shooting last week. So, yeah, we’re done.”
Schaffer explained that it is presumed by all crew, talent, and even Larry himself that each season will be the show’s last while working on the set of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
“My first season was Season 5. And you know what the final episode of that season was called? ‘The End.’ Not ironically. That was 15 years ago. So every season is the last season. It’s been this way forever,” Schaffer continued. “Larry’s put all the ideas he likes into the season. He’s the only one who thinks he’s never gonna have another good idea. So, of course, he’s done for a while. But you know, usually he goes out and has spirited encounters with the westside of Los Angeles and then ideas come. So we’re in the same spot we’re always in. It’s just business as usual.”
Schaffer’s comments bring hope to Curb fans everywhere, and even explain the show’s hiatus from 2011-2017. It seems us fans will be stuck in Curb purgatory waiting to see whether or not LD can muster up the material for a 13th season. If he does, he would need to sign a new contract with HBO as the show is currently only signed on through 12 seasons.
So for now, there is nothing we can do but wait. It will be hard, especially as there is no timetable for a decision since it’s kind of a “it’s up to Larry” type of thing. Let’s just try to focus on season 12 and pray it comes soon. In the meantime, the final season (for sure) of Barry premieres this week on HBO, so we will have to binge that while we wait.
(I promise HBO didn’t pay me for this article. I’m just a big fan.)