It took six years to get a ninth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm. You won’t have to wait nearly as long for the next one.
HBO announced on Thursday that it has renewed Larry David’s misanthropic comedy for a tenth season. Season 10 is expected to begin filming in the spring. “As I’ve said many times,” said David in a statement, “when one has the opportunity to annoy someone, one should do so.”
Added HBO programming president Casey Bloys, “We are thrilled that Larry will be back with his uniquely acerbic wit and comedic sensibility.”
While the news comes sooner than perhaps expected, it isn’t surprising: David told EW before the launch of season 9 he had such a fun time filming the comedy’s return episodes that he was “strongly considering” doing more. And earlier this month, executive producer Jeff Schaffer hinted, “We are talking about talking about it. I promise if we do it again, it won’t be as long of a wait.”
Starring David as a heightened version of himself, Curb launched in 2000, with subsequent seasons airing every year or two through season 8 in 2011. The show then went on indefinite hiatus, with HBO announcing in 2016 that David was reviving the show. Season 9, which concluded on Dec. 3, reunited the cast of David, Jeff Garlin, Cheryl Hines, Susie Essman, and JB Smoove, as well as featuring such guest stars as Elizabeth Banks, Lauren Graham, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Nick Offerman, and Bryan Cranston.
Why did the announcement for another season happen relatively quickly this time around? “Before we came back it was, ‘You’ve been away for so long,'” Schaffer tells EW. “Now it’s ‘You’re coming back so soon?’ The TV scheduling Gods are very hard to please! The truth is, Larry had so much fun last season that he wants to do it again. Usually, at the end of a shoot, he’s absolutely sure he’s never doing it again. But this season was different. During our last days of shooting he was already thinking about reloading.”
Schaffer also said that that entire cast will return and hinted that perhaps they will be able to “catch up with a few more old friends from the Curb universe.”
What can he reveal about the 10th season? “I wish I could tell you everything about next year because that would mean that we’re actually done writing it. But that is not the case. Here’s one thing I can tell you that did not happen. Larry wasn’t killed. He does not come back like in the movie Ghost and make sweet love to Cheryl at a Brentwood Color Me Mine.”
To read a Q&A with Schaffer about season 9 and the finale, click here.