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HBO Renews ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ for an Eighth Season

Last season, with the separated Larry trying to reunite with wife Cheryl and the much-anticipated Seinfeld reunion, was a great one. And now Curb Your Enthusiasm fans can get excited about today’s news from HBO: The network has decided that an eighth season of Larry David‘s hilarious sitcom is a pretty, pretty, pretty good idea.

David and company will begin production this summer on another 10 episodes of the Emmy-winning show, with season eight to hit HBO in 2011.

Any plotline or character wishes for the new season? Do you want to see Larry and Cheryl reunited, or still separated? Which characters do you want to see more, or less, of? I’m hoping J.B. Smoove returns as Leon, whose interactions with Larry are raunchy, ridiculous and so, so funny.

Below, HBO’s official press release on the renewal:

For Immediate Release

HBO RENEWS HIT COMEDY SERIES CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM,
STARRING LARRY DAVID, FOR EIGHTH SEASON

LOS ANGELES, April 20, 2010 – HBO has renewed the hit comedy series CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, starring Larry David, for a ten-episode eighth season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, Programming Group and West Coast Operations, HBO. Production of the new episodes will begin this summer in Los Angeles and New York, with debut slated for 2011.

Said Lombardo, “Larry always loves to paint himself into a corner, and after the incredibly wonderful seventh season of CURB, you have to ask, ‘How does he ever top this?’ But he always finds a way. We can’t wait to see what he does in season eight.”

“After much soul searching – and by the way, it was nowhere to be found – I have decided to do another season of CURB,” says Larry David. “I look forward to the end of shooting, when I can once again resume the hunt for my elusive soul. I know it’s here somewhere or perhaps in the rugged mountainous regions of Pakistan.”

CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM stars “Seinfeld” co-creator David as an over-the-top version of himself in an unsparing but tongue-in-cheek depiction of his life. The series also stars Cheryl Hines as David’s wife Cheryl, Jeff Garlin as David’s manager Jeff and Susie Essman as Jeff’s wife Susie.

Concluding its seventh season last November, with 70 episodes to date, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM is HBO’s longest-running scripted comedy or drama series. Season seven inspired critical raves, with the Washington Post calling the show “side-splitting,” and hailing David as “the best thing to happen to TV comedy,” while Newsday declared, “Larry David is a comic genius,” and the Boston Globe described the series as “the funniest show on television.”

Season seven credits: CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM is executive produced by Larry David, Jeff Garlin, Gavin Polone, Alec Berg, David Mandel, Jeff Schaffer, Tim Gibbons and Erin O’Malley.

A Tax Day Salute to TV’s Greatest Accountant: Norm!

Normie! George Wendt‘s Cheers accountant may not have been the greatest at his job – no one who spent that much time downing beer and cracking wise with Sam, Cliffie and the rest of the Cheers gang could have been getting much work done – but he’s still the best account in primetime history.

And, in honor of Tax Day, a round-up of all things Norm Peterson:

1. Normisms. He routinely had some of the show’s best lines, but the all-time best still has to be this little exchange with Woody:

WOODY: “How’s it going Mr. Peterson?”
NORM: “It’s a dog eat dog world, Woody, and I’m wearing Milk Bone underwear!”

Five more great ones:
“What’s the story, Norm?”
“Boy meets beer. Boy drinks beer. Boy meets another beer.”

“What’s going on, Mr. Peterson?”
“The question is what’s going in Mr. Peterson. A beer please, Woody.”

“Whatcha up to Norm?”
“My ideal weight if I were eleven feet tall.”

“What’s the story, Mr. Peterson?”
“The Bobbsey twins go to the brewery. Let’s cut to the happy ending.”

“What would you say to a beer, Normie?”
“Daddy wuvs you.”

And you can wear your Normie wuv proudly with a Normisms t-shirt, and sip your own libations from a Norm mug.

2. Norm’s real name: Hillary Norman Peterson. He was named after his grandfather.

3. Wendt played the character on Cheers for the show’s entire 11-season run, but Normie has also popped up in episodes of St. Elsewhere, Frasier, Wings, Family Guy, The Simpsons and the short-lived Cheers spin-off The Tortellis.

4. Norm’s appetite for food was just as big as his appetite for beer. His favorite restaurant: The Hungry Heifer, where his favorite meal was the Feeding Frenzy.

5. Normie, or rather Wendt’s, Hollywood connections: His nephew is Saturday Night Live funny guy Jason Sudekis. And Wendt’s wife, Bernadette Birkett, provided the voice of Vera, Norm’s wife, who was heard on Cheers, but whose face was only shown as it was covered with a pie.

When ‘Ugly Betty’ Met Betty White

In honor of tonight’s Ugly Betty series finale (10PM ET, ABC), and, of course, the pure awesomeness that is Betty White, TV Land sent along this archived clip from the 2007 TV Land Awards.

Betty (White, that is) is set to return to this year’s TV Land Awards, which air on April 25 (9PM), and her new TV Land sitcom, Hot in Cleveland, debuts on June 16. Then there’s her Saturday Night Live hosting gig on May 9, and her appearance as Brick’s school librarian on the May 19 season finale of The Middle.

But even among the line-up of classic tube stars in the “Ugly Betty White” spoof below, she’s still the standout. Pure awesomeness.

Ugly Betty White skit

from the TV Land Awards

See Betty White in Hot in Cleveland

premieres June 16 at 10P/9C on TV Land

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‘The Sarah Silverman Program’ Mans Up!

She’s back for season three, and Sarah Silverman is as irreverent as she wants to be in tonight’s season premiere of The Sarah Silverman Program (10:30PM ET, Comedy Central).

The Emmy nominee has a whole season (10 episodes worth) of increasingly outrageous storylines and special guests (including Saturday Night Live star Andy Samberg as Sarah’s imaginary childhood friend) ahead, beginning with tonight’s installment, in which Sarah takes sister Laura’s (Laura Silverman) advice to “man up” and take responsibility for herself waaaay too literally.

And let’s just say you’ll think twice about dropping your letters into a public mailbox after you see what Sarah, um, drops into one …

Here’s a preview clip of scenes from the entire season, which will also include Sarah getting personal with neighbors Steve (Steve Agee) and Brian (Brian Posehn), trying to fix a mayoral election and getting politically incorrect on Real Time with Bill Maher.

I Know, You Know, ‘Psych’ Returns Tonight

The boys are back, as Psych returns with new season five episodes tonight (10PM ET, USA Network). It’s a change-up for the show, which has aired on Friday nights since its premiere in 2006, but an hour of Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dule Hill) shenanigans is certainly something to look forward to mid-week.

Tonight’s episode is a gem — one of the most fun episodes of season four so far — as WWE star John Cena guest stars as Ewen, Juliet’s brother, a military man who’s hiding a big secret from his sis, which leads Shawn to assume Ewen is possibly involved in a murder.

The episode’s also a pivotal one for Shawn and girlfriend Abigail (guest star Rachael Leigh Cook);  let’s just say things might be looking up for “Shawniet” fans …

Meanwhile, the Psych devoted who’d like to see the gang in action live should enter USA’s sweepstakes to win a trip to the Psych set, which includes lunch with the cast and signed scripts. Sweet.

And one more Psych note: Send get well soon thoughts to James Roday, who had a little appendectomy surgery last weekend.

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