- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 13, 2006

‘Curb’ not dead

Larry David will finally come back from the dead next year.

HBO confirmed last week that it had reached a deal with Mr. David for another season of his Emmy award-winning comedy “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” E! Online reports.

Many fans wondered if season five was the show’s last. In the Dec. 4 finale titled “The End,” Mr. David donated a kidney to save pal Richard Lewis. After the surgery went badly, he spent some time with his guardian angel in heaven.

The comedian, who helped create “Seinfeld,” will start filming the first of 10 new episodes in October. The network hopes to air them in 2007.

Regular cast members Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin and Susie Essman are expected to return.

The series, which won a Golden Globe in 2003 for Best TV Comedy, is up for five Emmys this month, including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Actor for Mr. David and Outstanding Supporting Actress for Miss Hines, who plays the star’s wife.

Perhaps Mr. David will find inspiration for the new season in a recent real-life incident that echoed his wacky on-screen persona.

The New York Post reported that Mr. David and his wife, Laurie, were upset when they saw their $75,000 BMW 530 get dented by a wayward shopping cart in the parking lot of a Martha’s Vineyard supermarket.

The newspaper cites one eyewitness saying that Mr. David, dressed in a gold T-shirt and shorts, called the police and began “flapping away with his arms … just like an episode on his show.”

No charges were filed, however.

MTV’s varied work

MTV2 is still deciding whether it will ever again air a cartoon criticized as offensive for depicting women being led around on leashes, Associated Press reports.

It’s also not certain whether the series, “Where My Dogs At?” will return for a second season, an MTV spokesman said last week. The show’s first season ended during the last week of July.

One episode, aired in the early afternoon, featured an appearance by a cartoon Snoop Dogg accompanied by two women in neck collars and chains. MTV2 said the episode was a satire of an actual Snoop appearance in which women were in collars and chains.

On the other hand, one of MTV’s other networks, college station mtvU, is earning accolades. AP reports that the network will receive the television academy’s 2006 Governors Award for its campaign to inform students about the crisis in Sudan’s Darfur region.

The campaign by mtvU began in 2004 in partnership with groups including Amnesty International and the World Food Programme, the United Nations’ food relief agency.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Governors Award recognizes the achievements of an individual, company or organization. Past recipients include Jerry Lewis for his work with the Muscular Dystrophy telethon and, perhaps ironically, MTV for programming on violence.

The award will be presented Saturday at the creative arts Emmy ceremony hosted by the comedy duo Penn & Teller. The show, honoring technical achievement and guest actors in series, will air as a two-hour special on E! Entertainment on Aug. 26.

The prime-time Emmys are scheduled to air on NBC Aug. 27.

Doc probes Israel

One year ago today Israel began its historic withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. Tomorrow at 9 p.m., the Sundance Channel premieres the documentary “5 Days,” a day-by-day diary of the event. About 40,000 Israeli soldiers evicted 8,000 Jewish settlers who didn’t want to leave their homes; director Yoav Shamir was given access to both sides.

• Compiled by Kelly Jane Torrance from staff and wire reports.

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