As noted Hollywood ReporterLarry David and Curb Your Enthusiasm executive producer Jeff Shaffer have an open door policy with HBO.
Essentially, this means that HBO is always ready to renew “Curb” for another season, but only when Larry David feels he has enough material.
“He’s the only person in LA that works like that,” said David’s co-star Cheryl Hines, who plays Larry’s now ex-wife Cheryl. The keeper. “Larry always has an open door policy.”
David and HBO have been doing this for years. Ultimately, it all comes down to quality control. David doesn’t want to do next season if he doesn’t feel like he has enough material to last ten episodes without any weaknesses. According to Shaffer, David was never sure he’d have enough material until he did, which is ironic considering he’s one of the most prolific comedy writers of the last 30+ years.
Pretty much any TV show creator would love to have the freedom to decide for themselves if their own show is coming back, but when you’re Larry David, you get those privileges. Pretty, pretty good.