Larry David could have gone anywhere after Seinfeld. But even when HBO filmed David's return to standup as a special, the executives working for Chris Albrecht still didn't jump at a full-blown series. "They said, 'Maybe,' until Chris showed it to his mother, who flipped over it and loved it," said Gavin Polone, executive producer of Curb Your Enthusiasm. "Miraculously, after that HBO said we should do it," Polone told the Weekly. Only 10 episodes of Curbmake up a season. "At that rate, Curb Your Enthusiasm would have to be on the air for 17 and a half years to compete with Will and Grace," he notes. "And my guess is that can't happen."
Now the Los Angeles Times has found a Nielsen quirk that inflated audience estimates for The Sopranos and Sex and the City by including viewers of different programs on other HBO channels at the same time. So Tony may really be a phony. If only the networks could afford to fugeddabout it.