The loss of Garry Shandling casts a dark shadow over comedy, but one good piece of news that has come out of today is confirmation that The Larry Sanders Show will be making its way to HBO Go. After spending the entirety of its digital life on Crackle, Sony’s digital media platform lost the rights to the show, and according to The Wrap, Sony Pictures Television chairman Steve Mosko got the HBO deal done, as HBO is where the show originally ran, it’s home, and where Garry always wanted it to be.
“I loved Garry. We were fulfilling his wishes to see the show move to HBO.”
The Larry Sanders Show was an instant classic, helping the careers of Judd Apatow, Jon Stewart, Sarah Silverman, Jeremy Piven and a host of other comedians and performers get off the ground. The show’s meta self-deprecation and and breaking of the fourth wall was unlike anything before it, and paved the way for shows like Arrested Development, The Office and a plethora of other formula-busting shows we take for granted today.
It also featured some of the greatest characters in television history, like Hank Kingsley, played by the perfect Jeffery Tambor.
And Larry’s producer Artie, played by the indomitable Rip Torn.