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'Curb Your Enthusiasm' season 9: How 'Curb' helped HBO gain popularity

'Curb' will reportedly come back for a ninth season on HBO. When it debuted 16 years ago, the show became part of the early-2000s lineup that brought acclaim to the network.

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'Curb Your Enthusiasm' stars Larry David.

The critically acclaimed HBO comedy “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” which stars “Seinfeld” co-creator Larry David, will return for a new season. 

An air date for the new episodes of “Curb” have not yet been announced, and the program last aired in 2011. “Curb” co-stars Cheryl Hines and Jeff Garlin. 

The program will be the newest comedy to return for new episodes. The last several years have seen some sitcoms return after years of absence, such as “Arrested Development,” which first aired on Fox and came back years later on Netflix, as well as comedies popping up on new providers after being canceled, such as NBC’s “Community,” which aired on Yahoo Screen, and Fox’s “The Mindy Project,” which arrived on Hulu after being canceled by its original network.

“Curb” was critically acclaimed during its run, with the show earning multiple nominations for the Emmy Award for best comedy series and for Mr. David’s performance, among other prizes.

The program was on the air around the same time as such popular shows as “The Sopranos” and “Sex and the City,” becoming part of the lineup in the early 2000s that made HBO a cultural force. Also joining “Curb” during this time were programs like “Six Feet Under” and “The Wire.”

Like any other network, HBO has had its stumbles over the almost two decades since “Curb” arrived, and other cable networks and streaming services have also gained popularity, including Showtime, Starz, Netflix, and Hulu. 

But programs like “Game of Thrones” and “Veep” have kept the network a major player at awards shows like the Emmys in recent years, with the network getting more trophies at the 2015 Emmys than all other networks' trophies put together. The network won for shows like “Thrones,” “Veep,” “Boardwalk Empire,” and the miniseries “Olive Kitteridge,” among others.

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