Curb Your Enthusiasm will be even more meta than usual in its seventh season, when the real cast of Seinfeld reunites for a fictional Seinfeld reunion show organized by Larry David’s HBO alter ego, Larry David. That means real-life comedian Jerry Seinfeld will play himself playing a slightly grayer version of his most famous character, Jerry Seinfeld. It also means, according to the Los Angeles Jewish Journal, that we’ll be privy to fictional versions of the David-Seinfeld writing team’s internal conversations about whether the last episode of Seinfeld was as bad as critics declared it, and if George Costanza getting married could ever be a plausible plot twist. The Journal hopes that among these pressing issues, the Seinfeld reunion plot arc—which stretches across the whole season of Curb—will address this “lingering question”: “Why was the obviously Jewish Seinfeld never openly described as Jewish on the show?” Well, spoiler alert: in a Baltimore Sun interview today, David is asked that very question. His reply: despite the unmistakable Jewishness of the show, explicitly discussing such a thing is still verboten on network television. “The difference is that on Seinfeld, you did have a lot of people watching who did get offended by many of the things we did, because it was a network show. But the people who are watching Curb Your Enthusiasm on HBO, they’re paying to watch this.”
Ari M. Brostoff is Culture Editor at Jewish Currents.