“Cover Your Enthusiasm” End of rumors “over the top,” says the producer
Longtime producer Jeff Schaffer says no decisions have yet been made about the fate of the series.
It just wouldn’t be a new season of Curb Your Enthusiasm without rumors that the show was about to end.
Larry David’s long-running HBO comedy has always strayed outside the confines of typical television scheduling. The cable network has essentially granted David and his team an open-door policy, allowing them to take long breaks and reappear to make a new season whenever an idea occurs to them.
The downside to the creative freedom David enjoys is that there’s never a guarantee another season will come along. Rumors have been swirling that the upcoming season 12 – which has just wrapped up production – will be the show’s final hooray. Speculation began with news that the show had filmed a death scene for David’s character last season should he decide to end the show after season 11, and was fueled by several cryptic tweets from the creative team teasing that season 12 the end will be an era.
But the show’s longtime producer Jeff Schaffer wants everyone to calm down. In a new interview with Deadline, he made it clear that no decision has been made on future seasons.
“Reports of our sinking are greatly exaggerated,” said Schaffer. “We literally wrapped up filming last week. So, yes, we’re done.”
Schaffer added that while each season feels like it could be the end of the show, it’s always possible that David might decide to do more episodes later.
“My first season was season 5,” he said. “And do you know the name of the last episode of this season? ‘The end.’ Not ironic. That was 15 years ago. So every season is the last season. It’s always been like this… Larry put whatever ideas he liked into the season. He’s the only one who thinks he’ll never have a good idea again. So of course he’s done for a while. But you know, usually he goes out and has vivid encounters with the West Side of Los Angeles and then ideas come. So we’re in the same place we’ve always been. It’s just like always.”
Longtime fans of the show will be aware that these comments are nothing new. Schaffer made similar remarks in an interview with IndieWire in 2022, when fans speculated that season 11 would be the end.
“When you subscribe to one season of ‘Curb,’ you subscribe to the final season of ‘Curb,'” Schaffer said. “And I finally found out why. That’s because when Larry shoots a season, he brings whatever idea he really likes into that season. So at the end of the season there’s this hole – there aren’t any ideas that he really likes – so how could he possibly do another season? He’s the only person on the planet who doesn’t think he’ll come up with more good ideas.”
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