Mary Steenburgen went out with a bang in the fall finale of The Last Man on Earth. But whether or not she’ll be returning alive to that show, it sounds like she and husband, Ted Danson, will also make some noise in their return to Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Steenburgen says she was pleased to be asked back by Larry David to his beloved HBO comedy, which will resurface later this year with its core cast members, including David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin, and Susie Essman, after a six-year hiatus. “I’m so glad because it [has been] so long now that we really didn’t know if it was going to happen,” Steenburgen tells EW. “And we never got a straight answer out of him when we would ask him over the last couple years. And people asked us constantly, ‘When’s Curb coming back?’ That, and ‘When are you making Step Brothers 2?’ And then last summer, he suddenly said, ‘I think we’re doing it,’ and he pitched the idea for our part of it.”
Danson has guest-starred in episodes across six seasons of the misery-soaked comedy — you might remember a certain restaurant investment — while Steenburgen has popped up in three different seasons. So, what can she say about the storyline that brings Danson (who currently stars in NBC comedy The Good Place) and her back into the fold?
“Um,” she says with a chuckle, “it will definitely cause people to ask me questions. We’re going to stir up a little bit of a hornet’s nest with it, I’m afraid, but it’s how he saw it and what he wanted to do.”
While she is hesitant to reveal any more details — “I don’t want it to ruin it for anybody” — she does say this: “There are aspects of it that are a little challenging for me. And I think for Ted, too. But it will be interesting. It will be really interesting… It’s a great experience. It’s the same people, and it’s Larry’s completely unique, bizarre, wonderful voice.”
Curb, which ran from 2000 to 2011, began production on its ninth season late last year. Last Man on Earth returns to Fox with its spring premiere on Sunday.
To read what Steenburgen had to say about Last Man on Earth‘s fall-finale cliffhanger, click here.