HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” ended its ninth season Sunday night with an episode titled “Fatwa!” in which Larry David‘s controversial musical began production, with a little help from Lin-Manuel Miranda and F. Murray Abraham. The show returned to the airwaves after a six-year hiatus and didn’t disappoint, concluding Season 9 with critical and fan appreciation. But will the Golden Globes bother to honor it at their upcoming ceremony? Don’t forget, they’re notorious for turning a blind eye to older fare.
Golden Globes voters love to honor shiny new shows and stars, which explains why all of their most recent comedy winners — “Atlanta” (2016), “Mozart in the Jungle” (2015), “Transparent” (2014), “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (2013), “Girls” (2012) and “Glee” (2009-2010) — prevailed for their first or second seasons. The sole exception from the past eight years is “Modern Family” (2011), which had to wait until its third season to take home the trophy.
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” previously won the Golden Globe for Best TV Comedy Series for its 2002 season, with Larry David being nominated three times as Best TV Comedy Actor (2002, 2004-2005). While the show just wrapped up its whopping ninth season, “Curb’s” buzz and industry acclaim has never been higher. In other words, we could see a pretty, pretty good resurgence for “Curb” at awards shows this year despite its old age.
As of this writing, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” has 18/1 odds to win Best TV Comedy Series, good enough for fifth place on our Golden Globes charts. The top four comedies are “Veep” (23/10 odds), “Will & Grace” (7/2 odds), “Master of None” (9/2 odds) and “Black-ish” (9/1 odds). Interestingly enough, none of those four shows has prevailed before in this top category, so voters will have to decide whether they want to re-anoint “Curb” or let a first-time series break through.
In the race for Best TV Comedy Actor, David has third-place odds of 6/1, behind only Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”) in first place at 23/10 odds and Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”) in second place with 9/2. While HBO’s “Curb” and ABC’s “Black-ish” both aired during the fall, keeping them top of mind, it’s now been seven months since “Master of None” steamed on Netflix, which could hurt Ansari’s chances.
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” series regulars David, Jeff Garlin, Cheryl Hines, Susie Essman and J.B. Smoove all returned for the 10 new episodes, with recurring guest stars Richard Lewis, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen and Bob Einstein popping up as well. Much of Season 9 focused on David receiving a fatwa by the Ayatollah Khomeini after his appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” with all of it leading to the season finale in which David and Miranda wrote songs about the experience.
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