JB Smoove Signs Development Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

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20th Century Fox TV has signed comedian and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star JB Smoove to a talent holding and development deal.

Under the deal, Smoove will develop, potentially star in, and executive produce a comedy series under his Four Square Miles Inc banner. He may also develop and executive produce additional projects under the deal, with casting in other existing comedy and drama projects possible as well.

Smoove is well known for his role as Leon Black on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” which is currently filming its 10th season. He also just wrapped filming on Marvel Studio’s “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” where he has a starring role alongside Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal.

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Smoove also has his nationwide “Lollygagging” theatre standup tour next year.

“Nobody makes me laugh harder than JB Smoove,” said Jonnie Davis, 20th Century Fox TV’s president of creative affairs. “His work on ‘Curb’ or his interviews with Howard Stern – you can’t deny his amazing comedic pov! He’s a gifted writer, comedian and actor we are so lucky to have him in a deal at the studio.”

Smoove is repped by UTA.

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Per your request, here’s the placeholder review for tonight’s episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, “Running With The Bulls.” Please pull up a chair—leather or rocking—in the comments section in the interim.

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‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Season 9 Starts Production … But Where’s Larry David? (Video)

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Looks like “Curb Your Enthusiasm” might have to get started without Larry David.

HBO released a video Friday announcing that Season 9 of the series had begun shooting, and despite the five-year gap between seasons, it seems that David still isn’t ready for his close-up.

Luckily, the comedic talents of J.B. Smoove are on full display in the video, as Smoove reveals that his character Leon Black is returning, and attempts to draw David out of his trailer.

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“Get your ass out, Larry, come on!” Smoove demands, while banging on David’s trailer door. “Larry, bring your ass outside! Come on, Larry!”

In a final bid to draw the series creator out of hiding, Smoove issues an ultimatum.

“Hey Larry, if you don’t come outside, I’m gonna do this whole season by myself!” Smoove declares. “And don’t think I can’t do it!”

And still … crickets from the show’s creator.

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Season 9 of #CurbYourEnthusiasm just started shooting and Larry couldn’t be more excited! @ohsnapjbsmoove pic.twitter.com/o1PWlndFBi

– HBO (@HBO) November 11, 2016

In addition to Smoove and — probably, eventually — David, the new season of “Curb” will also bring the return of Ted Danson and his wife Mary Steenburgen to the series, along with Jeff Garlin (who currently stars on ABC’s “The Goldbergs”), Cheryl Hines and Susie Essman.

Watch David’s big no-show in the video.

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