HBO Is Canceling Its Longest-Running Series And Fans Are Depressed

After 12 seasons, HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm is finally ending.

By Charlene Badasie | Updated

Curb Your Enthusiasm may be close to its final curtain call on HBO. In a tweet that has since been deleted, producer Jon Hayman suggested that the upcoming season 12 will be its last. “Maybe you love the show. Maybe you hate the show. Maybe you don’t give a s**t,” he wrote via The Hollywood Reporter. “In any event, shooting the last scene of the last episode of the final season.”

Richard Lewis also shared a message about working on Curb Your Enthusiasm for 12 seasons. “There I was a few hours ago in my trailer on location to shoot my last scene,” the comedian wrote. “Hard to believe we started in 2000. The cast and crew all knew we were working for a genius. When that rarity happens, no one ever takes a moment for granted. We love you [Larry David].”

Created by Larry David (who also developed Seinfeld), Curb Your Enthusiasm premiered on HBO in 2000. The series follows the semi-fictionalized life of Larry David, who plays a version of himself in the show. Its premise is based on his belief that most people are constantly projecting false enthusiasm, which they use to imply that they are better than everyone else.

Each episode is based on awkward social situations, misunderstandings, and miscommunications, featuring a number of recurring characters. This includes Larry’s fictional wife Cheryl (Cheryl Hines), his manager Jeff (Jeff Garlin), and his best friend Richard Lewis (Richard Lewis). Curb Your Enthusiasm has been praised for its ability to push the boundaries of what is acceptable in mainstream television.

The unconventional comedy often deals with sensitive topics like racism, sexism, and religion. But the subject matter is handled in a way that is both funny and thought-provoking. Curb Your Enthusiasm has been nominated for and won several awards over the years. Larry David has also been nominated for multiple Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on the show.

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One of the unique aspects of Curb Your Enthusiasm is its improvisational style. Unlike traditional scripted television shows, the actors are given a basic outline of the story and are encouraged to improvise their lines. The result is a more natural and realistic dialogue between characters which often leads to unexpected and hilarious moments.

During its run, HBO has had an “open-door policy” with Curb Your Enthusiasm. That means the studio defers Larry David on whether he wants to return for a new season. Jeff Schaffer previously told The Hollywood Reporter that “every season is always the last” until its star and creator decides that he has more ideas for the story to continue.

However, this arrangement with the network comes to an end in 2023. So if Larry David wants to return for another installment of Curb Your Enthusiasm, he would need to sign a new deal. Speaking about Season 12, David said playing the faux version of himself has been “the greatest honor” of his life. With its 11th season, the series became the longest-running show on HBO.

The series has undergone significant changes over the years, introducing new characters and longer story arcs. But it has always remained true to its roots, providing audiences with Larry David’s unique brand of comedy. There is currently no release date for the upcoming installment of Curb Your Enthusiasm.