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Can 'Seinfeld' reunion break the curse against 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'?

October 4, 2009 |  2:35 pm

"Curb Your Enthusiasm" has had lousy luck at the Emmys. Larry David's HBO laffer has been nominated 30 times for TV's top award — including five bids for best comedy series — but it won only once: best director for Robert B. Weide for the "Krazee-Eyez Killa" episode in 2003.

Seinfeld reunion curb your enthusiasm

Compare that to the Emmy success of "Seinfeld," which snagged 10 laurels out of its 70 nominations, including best comedy series of 1993.

Now "The Reunion" episode is just the kind of big, special event that could reap "Curb Your Enthusiasm" lots of Emmy love. Bids for best guest acting?. Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards won Emmys for their "Seinfeld" performances in the past.

Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander and Jerry Seinfeld have made guest appearances on "Curb" but didn't reap nominations. Maybe that's because they portrayed themselves, but other stars reaped noms for portraying themselves on "Extras." All four "Seinfeld" stars appear as themselves in the "The Reunion" episode of "Curb."

One category to watch: writing. "Curb" has received nine nominations for directing, but none for writing. That might seem strange considering Larry David was the acclaimed chief scribe for "Seinfeld" and won an Emmy for penning its notorious "The Contest" episode about masturbation. However, much of "Curb" is staged using improvisation, so voters don't take the offbeat comedy seriously in that category.

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