Kicked To The 'Curb'

Darn, it was a long wait for "Curb Your Enthusiasm," which finally, FINALLY returns Sunday night at 9 p.m. on HBO.

But having watched the first three episodes, it was worth the wait.

Of course, this season has already been much heralded because of the "Seinfeld" reunion show-within-a-show plotline that reunites Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards with David, who co-created that other TV classic.

Viewers, however, will have to wait for the "Seinfeld" gang in Episode 3. The first two wraps up the storyline with the Black family, who ended up moving in with Larry after Hurricane Katrina. After Larry's marriage to Cheryl (Cheryl Hines) dissolved, Larry took up with Loretta Black (Vivica A. Fox), who now may have cancer.

Only David and "Curb" could possibly come up with a storyline about cancer that is laugh-out-loud funny. While tonight's episode is a solid "Curb," next week, with guest star Sharon Lawrence, is among the best of the series.

Meanwhile, the "Seinfeld" plot (so cleverly mirroring the season of "Seinfeld" in which Jerry and George pitch "Jerry" to NBC) comes into play as Larry creates a ludicrous plan to win back Cheryl and be everyone's hero. Of course, things go awry and Larry's best-laid plan is sidetracked by Meg Ryan of all people, one of many great guest stars booked for the show this season. (Don't get me started on Funkhouser's crazy sister, played by the great Catherine O'Hara).

"Curb" will be paired with "Bored To Death," an ambitious dark comedy starring Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson and Zach Galiafanakis. Schwartzman is a schlub who tries to deal with his girlfriend breaking up with him by becoming a '40s-style pulp private eye, advertising on Craig's List. The first two "Bored" episodes start a bit slow, but the series picks up some steam after that, and it's a solid companion piece to "Curb."

WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: It's a relatively quiet Friday, with a new "Eureka" (SyFy, 9 p.m.) and a new "Monk" and "Psych" on USA, beginning at 9 p.m.

It should be noted that "Guiding Light" (CBS, 3 p.m.) ends the longest-run in broadcasting history today. Here's a link to my story on how midstate fans are reacting to the show's ending:

On Saturday, UGA visits Arkansas (ESPN, 7:45 p.m.) The second episode of "Robin Hood" (BBC America, 9 p.m.) also airs.

On Sunday, besides the stuff on HBO, it's the Emmys (CBS, 8 p.m.), hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. It could be a big night for "Mad Men." If it isn't check out the new episode of the series (AMC, 10 p.m.)