TCA: HBO Making Movie With Larry David
Net orders Rolling Stones documentary; schedules ‘Enlightened,' ‘Girls' returns for January
By Andrea Morabito -- Broadcasting & Cable, 8/1/2012 6:10:50 PMComplete Coverage: TCA Summer Press Tour 2012
Los Angeles -- Curb Your Enthusiasm star Larry David will write and star in a movie for HBO, network co-president Richard Plepler announced at the TCA press tour here Wednesday.
The movie will not be an extension of Curb, however, and David will not play himself. While the movie will be David's focus for now, Plepler and HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo left the door open for future seasons of Curb should David want to do them.
"It means whatever Larry wants it to mean for future seasons of Curb," Plepler said, with Lombardo adding "I don't think he's closed the door to another season."
HBO also announced a documentary on the Rolling Stones as part of the band's 50th anniversary. The docu will be directed by Brett Morgan and has the involvement of all four current band members -- Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood.
Two of HBO's existing comedies -- Enlightened and Girls -- will return for their second seasons in January 2013, the network announced Wednesday, filling the hole in the schedule left by Luck's abrupt cancellation.
"When we made decision to pull plug on Luck, we did not have a backup plan," Lombardo said. Rather than try to rush another drama to the schedule, Lombardo said they decided to pair Enlightened and Girls because both seasons were ready and have passionate audiences who will find them.
As Lombardo previously did to B&C, Plepler also defended the network's polarizing drama The Newsroom, which has already been renewed for a second season.
"We're very proud of it," Plepler said. "Seven million people a week coming back to that show in a competitive landscape. There's only one Aaron Sorkin and we're very proud that he's working with us and doing another season."
For now, Lombardo said the network won't be expanding its original programming beyond Sunday night, despite experimenting with scheduling Enlightened and Bored to Death on Mondays last year.
"Our viewers, we've spent years directing them to Sunday night," he said
Plepler added that there is room for HBO to do more programming on Sunday, however, and that if a project fits with the brand, they will find a spot to schedule it.
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