Seinfeld’s cast is headed for a long-awaited reunion. Former sitcom castmates Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards will appear together, playing themselves, on Curb Your Enthusiasm. Both Louis-Dreyfus and Alexander have appeared on the series in their own storylines, but this time, the whole crew will reunite for a multi-episode arc for Curb’s seventh season.
Inspired by a one-hour “mockumentary,” Curb Your Enthusiasm is a fictionalized version of the life of Larry David, Seinfeld’s co-creator. The semi-retired multimillionaire is self-centered and impatient and ends ups getting himself, his wife (Cheryl Hines), his manager Jeff (Jeff Garlin), Jeff’s wife Susie (Susie Essman), and others in a myriad of awkward situations. Other recurring performers include Richard Lewis, Antoinette Spolar, Shelley Berman, Ted Danson, Bob Einstein, Ashly Holloway, and Al Whiting.
Though this run of Curb episodes will mark the first time that the Seinfeld castmates will have appeared together in a scripted piece, the actors have reunited a few times since the sitcom went off the air 11 years ago.
Five years ago, The Seinfeld Story aired on NBC on Thanksgiving Day, 2004. A reunion/clip show, the program was created to promote the release of the show’s first two seasons on DVD. A year later, the foursome reunited again, this time on Live with Regis & Kelly, to promote the seasons five and six DVDs.
In 2006, Louis-Dreyfus was a guest on Saturday Night Live. During her opening monologue, she introduces a scene in which she runs into a downtrodden Alexander. He’s depressed about his career and the so-called “Seinfeld curse.” After a bit of begging, she agrees to let him guest on SNL with her. Overjoyed, he accidentally runs out into the street and is hit by a car, ending the scene. As Louis-Dreyfus wraps up her monologue, a sandbag drops from above and almost hits her. She looks up to see an angry Seinfeld, cursing her success.
The following year, the complete series was released on DVD. The series set includes a roundtable discussion with the four stars and David. Seinfeld had hoped to write and film a mini-reunion episode to include on the boxed set but ran out of time. He’s said that, now that the series has been released on DVD, there’s not much reason to revisit the idea.
Curb Your Enthusiasm airs on HBO. The seventh season began filming back in December and the Seinfeld episodes are currently being filmed. No air date has been set for them as yet.
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