After returning to the airwaves from a six-year hiatus this month, will “Curb Your Enthusiasm” win Best Comedy Series at the Golden Globes? The HBO sitcom starring Larry David as the world’s most lovable curmudgeon previously won the top prize in 2003 for its third season. The series also competed in 2006, but hasn’t been recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press since.
The highly-anticipated ninth season finds David dealing with a Fatwa and his ex-wife (Cheryl Hines) dating Ted Danson in addition to all the other slights and insults he encounters on a day-to-day basis. Regulars Jeff Garlin, Susie Essman, and J.B. Smoove have returned along with guest stars Mary Steenburgen, Richard Lewis, and Bob Einstein.
With last year’s victor “Atlanta” out of the running, the door is wide open for a new champ in this category. Emmy favorite “Veep” could finally prevail, or perhaps last years contenders “Black-ish,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” or “Transparent.” “Master of None” might also return after a one-year hiatus, as could the revival of “Will & Grace.” Yet since “Curb” will be wrapping up on December 3 – right before Golden Globe nominations are announced on December 11 – David’s return to television may be especially prescient.
Speaking of prescience, David’s acidic, confrontational brand of humor may feel especially refreshing in the age of Donald Trump. As it says on the poster, “The world needs him now more than ever,” and Globe voters may believe that just as much as audiences do.
David, who created the series, competed as Best Comedy Actor in 2003, 2005 and 2006 but never won as a performer. Since “Atlanta” is out of the running, Donald Glover is ineligible too. Could David be the beneficiary? He’ll face stiff competition from previous winners Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”) or Gael Garcia Bernal (“Mozart in the Jungle”), as well as returning contenders Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”) or Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”). Yet if recent history is any indication, whatever wins Best Comedy Series will win a lead acting prize as well (Glover, Bernal, and Tambor triumphed when their shows did, as did Andy Sandberg for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” in 2013 and Lena Dunham for “Girls” in 2012).
“Curb” competed as Best Comedy Series at the Emmys for seven of its previous eight seasons (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012). David competed as Best Comedy Actor five times (2003, 2004, 2006, 2010, and 2012). Of its 39 total nominations, the show won just twice for Best Comedy Directing in 2003 and Best Single-Camera Comedy Editing in 2012.
Prior to “Curb,” David co-created the classic sitcom “Seinfeld,” winning Emmys for Best Comedy Series and Best Comedy Writing in 1993. He has contended at the Television Academy 23 additional times, including last year as Best Comedy Guest Actor for “Saturday Night Live.”
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