Give credit to Larry David: The Curb Your Enthusiasm frontman has managed to make what could have been seen as a desperation move, a reunion of the cast of Seinfeld, seem like just the thing to do right now. After all, Seinfeld has been gone for over ten years, and David has solidly established Curb in its own right. And since interactions with the big names of Hollywood are facts of life on the show, it makes sense that Larry would have to bump into the old gang eventually.
This week (HBO, Sunday 9 p.m.), Larry and Jerry Seinfeld continue to kick around ideas for the Seinfeld reunion, but disagreements pop up, as they always seem to do when Larry has an opinion about anything. Let's look at the layers of self-reference here: Seinfeld was a fictional show starring Seinfeld as himself and Jason Alexander as a version of David; Curb stars David as an exaggerated version of himself, and the current plot features David and all the Seinfeld stars as themselves discussing a Seinfeld reunion show, which isn't actually taking place ... except here on Curb Your Enthusiasm. No wonder Curb seasons are spaced so far apart. This is complicated stuff.
Also this week:
Monday: Jon & Kate Plus 8 (TLC, 9 p.m.): So is this how it ends, after all the months of headlines and hoopla? If this really is one of the last ever Jon & Kate episodes, as the headlines of last week would seem to indicate, let's hope things eventually get more exciting than this week's installment, when Jon and some of the kids play with water rockets, while Kate and the other kids visit butterflies.
Tuesday: Melrose Place (CW, 9 p.m.): Another member of the original Melrose lineup appears: Jo (Daphne Zuniga), who gets into the spirit of things by requesting that Riley pose topless for her. Also, Jonah gets a promising invitation from a producers' assistant. Me and Zuniga were born on the same day, so it's nice to see one of us not looking our age.
Wednesday: Cougar Town (ABC, 9:30 p.m.):How long has it been since ABC had a solid comedy bloc? Things are working out well for them on Wednesday so far. This week, Jules (Courteney Cox) tries to help her ex's self-confidence on a golf outing, only to find that he is becoming friends with her neighbor Grayson; also, Laurie works to gain Jules's professional respect.
Thursday: Grey's Anatomy (ABC, 9 p.m.): This is not an economy where you want to find yourself out of a job. After a burn victim dies in the ER without any apparent reason, all of the residents are called on the carpet to defend their actions and decisions in the case, with termination as a possible penalty. Don't tell me another actor has been written off?
Friday: Dollhouse (Fox, 9 p.m.): This series is unlikely to last beyond the thirteen episodes Fox has promised to give it, but I hope we'll end up seeing more from Dichen Lachman, the actress who plays Sierra; she's much more believable as a chameleon than the show's star, Eliza Dushku. This week provides some more insight into how Sierra wound up as a Doll in the first place.
Sunday: Californication (Showtime, 10 p.m.): She's had a lot of sexy roles in her time, but I doubt Kathleen Turner has ever been as raunchy as in her current role as Charlie's current obsession. This week, Hank (David Duchovny) paints the town red with a visiting friend, while Charlie and Marcy end up in another of their bizarre disagreements.