TCA: Larry David On Liev Schreiber’s ‘Clear History’ Credit Omission, Another Season of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’
Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
Actor Liev Schreiber, who plays the lead in the Showtime drama series Ray Donovan, couldn’t be listed in the cast of the HBO film Clear History starring Larry David that premieres August 10. David admitted as much while responding to a TCA panel question about why Schreiber wasn’t in the credits despite having a good-sized role in the comedy as a Russian heavy. “That was a Showtime issue,” David said. “Kind of a Showtime-HBO thing.” This is not the first time HBO has taken issue with Schreiber’s role in Ray Donovan on rival Showtime. When the actor was first cast in the pilot, HBO threatened to drop him as the exclusive voice of its sports division but ultimately re-signed him.
David was less forthcoming when it came to a question about whether he might do another season of Curb Your Enthusiasm for the network. “I don’t know,” he said. “I haven’t decided. I couldn’t say. … Ask me in six months.” This is, of course, business as usual in Larry David world. It’s well known that he has carte blanche to do as many seasons of Curb as he wants, but he’s always reluctant to commit. In fact, he decided to do Clear History — which he stars in and co-wrote for director Greg Mottola. “I will say this,” David added. “I was thinking of doing another season of Curb or doing a movie, and I thought perhaps it’s time I tried something else.” However, David was far more playful than defensive during a Clear History Q&A beside Mottola.
Curb Your Enthusiasm fans know how Larry David pines for a serious head of hair. He gets his wish — for a while, at least — in his HBO Films comedy Clear History. Looking a little like Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski, David is a marketing exec at car maker. But an argument with his boss leaves him jobless, and he sells his 10% of the company, just before its worth soars into the billions. A decade later, with a new identity and minus numerous hair follicles, he lands a chance to get even. David co-wrote the telepic, which also stars Bill Hader, Curb and Seinfeld veteran Philip Baker Hall, Jon Hamm, Kate Hudson, Michael Keaton, Danny McBride, Eva Mendes, Amy Ryan and David’s Curb foil J.B. Smoove. It premieres August 10 on HBO. Here’s the trailer: