Larry David -- co-creator of "Seinfeld" -- has convinced the four stars of that classic Emmy-winning sitcom to reunite for a multiepisode arc on the upcoming season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm." As David explained at a TCA presser yesterday, "For years, I've been asked about a 'Seinfeld' reunion. We'll see the read-through, parts of rehearsals, the show being filmed."
Jerry Seinfeld is set to appear in five episodes of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" while the other "Seinfeld" cast members -- Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards -- slated to appear in four installments.
And as per David, "The season finale will be about the reunion show. It could very well be [a one-hour episode], but I haven't finished editing it yet. But that's a good possibility."
Seinfeld had a cameo in the Season 4 finale of "Curb Your Enthusiasm." And both Alexander and Louis-Dreyfus appeared as versions of themselves in the second season as the show explored the so-called "Seinfeld" curse.
While Emmy rules dictate that "cameo appearances in which the person plays himself/herself are not eligible for entry" -- such as Seinfeld's earlier unbilled appearance on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" -- these upcoming multi-episode stints will surely qualify.
Playing variations of themselves on the two seasons of "Extras" earned a quartet of stars -- Ian McKellen, Ben Stiller, Patrick Stewart, and Kate Winslet -- guest acting Emmy nods. And Emma Thompson won for guest actress in a comedy series back in 1998 when she played herself on "Ellen" -- the twist there was that she was really an American only pretending to be British.
Perhaps Alexander can finally win an Emmy to go along with his 1989 lead actor Tony Award for "Jerome Robbin's Broadway." He lost seven successive Emmy bids for best supporting actor (1992-1998) for his work on "Seinfeld."
Three of those defeats were to co-star Richards. This will be the first acting gig for Richards since his infamous meltdown at a comedy club three years ago. Richards was the big Emmy winner for "Seinfeld," winning three of his five supporting actor bids (1993, 1994, 1997).
Louis-Dreyfus won on the fifth of her seven consecutive supporting actress Emmy nominations for "Seinfeld" in 1996. A decade later she won the lead actress Emmy for the first season of "The New Adventures of Old Christine." She has contended in that category every year since, including this current derby.
Seinfeld lost five consecutive lead actor races (1992-1996) for "Seinfeld." His only Emmy for "Seinfeld" came as a producer when the show won best comedy series in 1993. David shared in that win and picked up another Emmy that year for scripting the classic episode "The Contest."
The top-rated sitcom took home only 10 Emmys over its nine-year run, despite racking up 68 nominations. "Frasier" eclipsed "Seinfeld" at the Emmys time and again, winning 37 trophies, including a record five in a row as best comedy series.
"Curb Your Enthusiasm" has only one Emmy to show for 30 nominations -- a 2003 directing win for Robert B. Weide. The show has contended five times for best comedy series while David has lost three lead actor races. The seventh season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" kicks off Sept. 20.