Curb your enthusiasm

Possible names for Cougar Town

The team behind Cougar Town are reportedly testing new names for the comedy series. Some of the names bandied around include: Friends and Family, The End of the Street, The Neighbourhood, The Cul De Sac Neighbourhood and Jules Neighbourhooding.

Rove close to US TV slot

Australian comedian Rove McManus is close to seizing a spot on daytime television in the US with CBS developing a show for him. Rove has filmed a pilot episode of the talk show with a working title Say It Now.

Biggs sitcom picked up

Jason Biggs is featuring in a new sitcom picked up by an American network. The ex-American Pie actor headlines the new series entitled Mad Love which follows a groups of young New Yorkers searching for love.

More cast in Criminal Minds spin-off

Actress and comedian Janeane Garofalo is joining the new Criminal Minds spin-off alongside Forest Whitaker. The ex-24 actress has also appeared on Saturday Night Live and The West Wing.

Doctor Who at Glastonbury

Doctor Who himself joined a band on stage at Glastonbury in the UK for a performance of the TV show’s theme. Actor Matt Smith appeared during electronic duo Orbital’s performance of the track at the festival running currently.

30 Rock to Curb

30 Rock actor Cheyenne Jackson will join the cast of Curb Your Enthusiasm in a recurring role next season. The 34-year-old will begin work on the ab-libbed comedy series shortly.

More guest stars for Entourage

Christina Aguilera and Eminem are among guest stars who have signed on to appear in the finale episode of Entourage later this year. Aguilera will perform on the show, while Eminem will have some sort of beef with Adrian Grenier’s Vince Chase. 

11:20pm Wednesday, June 23 on TV2

The moment Seinfeld fans have been waiting for arrives on TV2 tonight, as the special reunion episode comes together in the season finale of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Larry (Larry David) is hopeful that his plan to win Cheryl (Cheryl Hines) back is working when she invites him over to her house to review the Seinfeld reunion script. But when he inadvertently offends the studio coffee guy, his attempts to make peace cause Larry to miss the date, and Cheryl turns to Jason Alexander (as himself) for coaching instead. A jealous Larry decides to rewrite the end of the episode, causing Jason to quit in protest. With no one to play George, Larry insists he can step into the role, but the cast have some doubts about his interpretation of the character.

Can the reunion special come together in time for the long-awaited broadcast, and will Cheryl be won over by Larry’s charms?

Gervais on Curb

Comedian Ricky Gervais has reportedly signed on to appear in an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. The Office creator will play as himself in the episode with further details kept under wraps. The next season of the series is set for next year.

Underbelly lawsuit

The woman who took legal action over the portrayal of her in Underbelly: The Golden Mile is now suing the network and production company for defamation. The ex-NSW policewoman is claiming the character of Wendy (Jessica Tovey) is based on her and that her relationship with club kingpin John Ibrahim was never sexual as it is portrayed in the crime drama series.

Breaking Bad renewed

Breaking Bad has been renewed for a fourth season after its third proved extremely popular. The show was in limbo due to budgeting issues between its American network and studio but the pair have reached an agreeable sum to allow the show to continue for at least one more season.

New MTV Twitter series

MTV are launching a new reality show that will embrace the online medium Twitter in a way never seen before. The network is looking for a TJ or Twitter Jockey in a new series which will pit eighteen hopefuls against one another for popularity in the online community. Sounds enthralling.

Union joins Army Wives spin-off

Flashforward’s Garbrielle Union has landed a new role in the Army Wives spin-off series set for release later this year. Union, who played Demitri’s fiancé Zoey in Flashforward, will take the role of a detective in the spinoff which will begin with an “embedded pilot” in the original series.

SJP fronts new reality series

Sex and the City actress Sarah Jessica Parker is featuring in a new reality show in the US which is seeking the next great artist. The show, entitled Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, follows the typical reality format as seen on the likes of MasterChef and Next Top Model but is interested in the pure artistic skills of the contestants.

Housewives musical?

Desperate Housewives actress Dan Delany has pitched an idea for a musical adaptation of the hit series to creator Marc Cherry. Delany, who plays Katherine, said she pitched the idea some time ago but Cherry wasn’t interested until Glee came along.

Teen Wolf for MTV

MTV has picked up a new series based on the 1980s movie Teen Wolf. The network has ordered 12 episodes of the revamped series which is described as being less comedic than the Michael J. Fox starrer was. Tyler Posey will lead a rookie cast in the series which will join the US remake of Skins on the network’s new line-up.

Lost simulcast

UK’s Sky1 network is going to extraordinary lengths to air the Lost finale episode before internet pirates get a hold of it. The network is set to screen the finale at 5am on Monday 24 May, which means it will run simultaneously with the ABC broadcast in the US. They join Italy, Spain, Portugal, Israel, Turkey and Canada in simultaneously broadcasting.

Emmy approval for Lost

The upcoming super-sized finale of Lost has been granted a special entry into the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards should ABC want to submit the show for awards consideration. Whereas previously only shows that ran for two hours were allowed to be up for consideration, the Awards has allowed the mammoth two-and-a-half hour finale special approval.

Spice Girl’s new show

Ex Spice Girl Melanie Brown has scored herself a new reality show that will focus on her life as she juggles her musical career and motherhood. “The Mel B Project” will run for 10 episodes and is described as non-scripted. It premieres in September.

Curb moving to NYC

Larry David is moving his Curb Your Enthusiasm series from LA to New York. Whereas location is not an issue for many shows, Curb fans are worried the move will affect the comedy series in that Larry’s neurotic oddball character, who stood out in laid-back California, may appear normal in New York.

MasterChef debacle

Supermarket giant Coles has been left red-faced across the ditch after the latest episode of MasterChef Australia where two contestants had to rethink their dishes due to the pastry they bought from the supermarket was discovered to be past its use-by date. Worse still is the fact Coles is a major sponsor of the hit series.

Christine creator slams axing

The creator of axed sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine has slammed the show’s cancellation, saying the CBS decision was sexist. “As far as what happened at CBS, we’ve suffered from a serious lack of support from them since the beginning,” Kari Lizer said. “I hate to say it, but I’m afraid they don’t care much for the female-of-a-certain-age point of view over there.”

11:30pm Wednesday, April 21 on TV2

The irascible Larry David is back, and a Seinfeld reunion is on the cards in a brand new season of the cantankerous comedy show, Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Although Seinfeld cast members Julia Louis Dreyfus, Jason Alexander and Jerry Seinfeld have made guest appearances on the show before, this series will see the entire foursome, with Michael Richards, together again for a special reunion episode on Curb Your Enthusiasm from episode three (screening on Wednesday 5 May) until the season finale.

David tells Entertainment Weekly, “This is such a perfect way for us to get together again, because it never would have happened otherwise. Never, ever, ever.”

“If we had done a real show, it wouldn’t have been as much fun,” he continues. “It would’ve been too intense, really, because that particular episode would have to be so good.”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus agrees that reuniting within Curb Your Enthusiasm was the perfect way to counteract the inevitable disappointment of a new Seinfeld episode.

“It’s the ‘anti-reunion’ reunion, and I’d like to copyright that,” says Louis-Dreyfus, who also stars in TV2’s The New Adventures Of Old Christine on Thursday nights at 11.30pm.

Jason Alexander admits he was worried that he would struggle to find his way back to George’s caterwauling and kvetching after an eleven year gap between performances.

“Just before we shot that [first] scene, I said to Jerry and Julia, ‘I don’t know if I can be George. I haven’t tried him on in a while,'” recalls Alexander. “And it was freaky how it just came right back out.”

Seinfeld himself reveals the experience of being back on the sitcom’s sets immediately transported him back to the show’s heyday.

“We completely forgot about the 11 years that occurred in between,” Seinfeld says. “If I didn’t have these kids and a family – empirical evidence of time – I could just float away and go, ‘Did we leave?'”

“I kept running back to the set when I would see Julia or Jason sitting around. [It felt like] ‘Let me just sit with you one more time because I know we’re never going to do this again. Let me just have this flavour one more time. One more little taste.'”

Tonight however, it’s business as usual for the curmudgeonly David, as he continues to rail against life’s social complexities. As an ailing Loretta (Vivica A Fox, Kill Bill) awaits some biopsy results, Larry, unhappy in the relationship, realises if he wants to end things with her, he needs to do it before she gets her diagnosis or he’ll be forced to nurse her through a long illness.

Elsewhere, Funkhouser’s (Bob Einstein) sister Bam Bam (Catherine O’Hara, Best In Show) has been released from a mental institution, and when Larry and Jeff (Jeff Greene) pay a visit, their attempted ’empty gesture’ gets complicated when Jeff ends up sleeping with her.

If there is one reunion to get excited about, this has to be it.

Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards are set to star together again in episodes of the upcoming seventh season of Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Along with Larry David, who co-created the Seinfeld series, none of the cast of the hit sitcom have worked together on a show since 1998.

Seinfeld won an Emmy in 1993 for Outstanding Comedy Series and a Golden Globe Award for Best TV-Series (Comedy) in 1994 while the Screen Actors Guild awarded the show for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 1995, 1997 and 1998.

Curb Your Enthusiasm has been nominated for twenty eight Emmy Awards with one win for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series as well as a Golden Globe for Best Television Comedy in 2003.

Vivica A. Fox has joined the cast of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” for the upcoming sixth season. She is said to be a member of a black family who moves into Larry David’s house after a natural disaster. Sounds like trouble!

Vivica was most recently on the US version of Dancing with the Stars.