Almost exactly one year ago, HBO finally confirmed that Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 9 is finally happening, bringing the show's lengthy six-year hiatus to an end. Since then, we haven't heard much about the show, aside from production starting back in November. Over the weekend, series star J.B. Smoove made an appearance at the annual Roots Picnic in Philadelphia, where he revealed to the crowd that the new season will premiere on October 1. Here's what Instagram user Dan DeLuca had to say in his caption of a photo of J.B. Smoove and Amanda Seales at the event.
"JB Smoove (with Amanda Seales) introducing The Roots and announcing that Curb Your Enthusiasm is coming back to HBO on October 1. #rootspicnic"
Unfortunately, the Instagram user didn't provide any additional details, and the season premiere date has yet to be confirmed by HBO, and the episode count hasn't been confirmed either. This new season will likely span 10 episodes, since the previous eight seasons were all 10 episodes long, but we won't know for sure until more details are announced by HBO. The show's first three seasons all aired in consecutive years (2000, 2001 and 2002), but ever since Season 4, HBO has given star-creator Larry David as much time as he needs to write each season by himself.
Season 4 didn't debut until early 2004, with Season 5 debuting a year and a half later in the fall of 2005. Season 6 debuted two years later in the fall of 2007, with Season 7 arriving in the fall of 2009 and Season 8 hitting the small screen in the summer of 2011. Given the six-year gap between Season 8, many fans had wondered if the show was ever coming back, but writer Jeff Schaffer revealed in the fall of 2015 that he had met with Larry David, who was planning a new season and a potential movie as well. Larry David also starred in a well-received "Bern Your Enthusiasm" Saturday Night Live sketch as Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders last February, before Season 8 was finally confirmed last June.
Other longtime cast members confirmed to return alongside Larry David are Jeff Garlin, Cheryl Hines, Susie Essman, J.B. Smoove, Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen. New cast members this season will include Elizabeth Perkins and Lauren Graham, although no details about their characters have been given. Season 8 saw Larry David return to his hometown of New York City following his divorce from Cheryl (Cheryl Hines), but it has yet to be confirmed if Season 9 will be set in New York again, or if Larry will go back to L.A. Season 8 included guest stars such as Michael J. Fox, Ricky Gervais and Rosie O'Donnell, but it hasn't been confirmed if they will return.
The Emmy-winning series stars Seinfeld co-creator Larry David as an over-the-top version of himself in an unsparing but tongue-in-cheek depiction of his life. With a six-year break between Season 8 and Season 9, it will be interesting to see if fans return to Curb Your Enthusiasm in droves, or if interest in the show has waned during the show's absence. While the October 1 premiere date revealed by J.B. Smoove has not been confirmed yet, we may find out an official date from HBO soon.