Game of Thrones isn’t the only HBO series that’s supersized this year.
Season 9 of Larry David’s curmudgeon comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm will feature episodes that run notably longer than the normal half-hour length. Apparently, when your show is off the air for six years, you return with plenty to say. “In the intervening years, I was able to accumulate a lot of ideas, so the shows are kind of… dense,” David tells EW. “They’re stuffed.”
“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.”
As the season progresses — and our nitpicking protagonist entangles himself in more neuroses and trouble — the running times of episodes will increase in length. “By the time we get to the end of the season, there are some big, big shows,” says Schaffer. “People are definitely going to get their money’s worth — unless, of course, they are watching it on BitTorrent or Pirate Bay.” (Which is where some episodes ended up after a hack of HBO resulted in episodes of Curb and Ballers, among other programs, leaking online.)
Should these overstuffed installments be considered a gift to fans who spent six years waiting patiently for another season of Curb? “I guarantee that the feelings of the audience were never taken into consideration,” quips Schaffer. “That is not the Curb way.” That said, viewers will be pleased to go into bonus time. “There’s a lot more Curb coming at people than in normal seasons,” he says. “Fans wanted us to throw them a bone — and we tossed the whole skeleton at them.”
Kicking off Oct. 1, season 9 returns all of the regular cast (Jeff Garlin, Cheryl Hines, Susie Essman and JB Smoove) while featureing such guest stars as Elizabeth Banks, Jimmy Kimmel, and Bryan Cranston. In addition, look for Lauren Graham to pop up as an NBC censor — and Larry’s love interest.