The Late Show With Jerry and George

Richard Dreyfuss and Jason Alexander hit the road in a new comedy.

It’s shaping up to be a Seinfeld benefit week, with Jerry Seinfeld and Jason Alexander booked for The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and the return of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Seinfeld will appear with Colbert on Monday (Prime, 10.30) and Alexander on Tuesday (Prime, 11.15) while the first season of Curb in six years, from Seinfeld co-creator Larry David, will premiere on Thursday (SoHo, 8.30).

In Entertainment Weekly this month, Alexander said he doesn’t believe in the so-called Seinfeld curse,” despite tanking with Listen Up! and Bob Patterson, but acknowledged that playing George Costanza for nine years has cost him TV roles:

George is such an iconic image that I think some producers with other opportunities go, ‘You know what, we don’t want the George comparison. We don’t want the audience to even think about that.’ So it kept away some shows that I may have liked to do.

In his next series role, Hit the Road, he takes a Partridge Family-style brood on a bus trip around the US, with Richard Dreyfuss on board as his character’s father.

He told EW about the series he co-created:

I loved the opportunity to do something that is behaviourally outrageous, where we can use language and push the boundaries on what’s PC and what’s thought of as a loving family. The Swallows are a very loving family, but boy, are they messed up.

Hit the Road’s tagline is: “Family band, not a family show.”

Also lined up for next week’s Late Show are:

  • Pierce Brosnan and Ta-Nehisi Coates (Tuesday)
  • Michael Weatherly (Bull), Natasha Leggero and Paul Weller (10.45 Wednesday)
  • Kerry Washington, Russell Brand and St. Vincent (11.05 Thursday)
  • Morgan Freeman, Grace Gummer and Nate McIntosh (10.40 Friday).
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