After the unfortunate news earlier today that the Golden Globe-nominated actor and comedian Garry Shandling had passed away at the age of 66, there’s a bit of good news to brighten up the day. It seems that Shandling had been working on a deal with HBO to bring the comedy series The Larry Sanders Show back to the premium network exclusively.
The Wrap reports that, after The Larry Sanders Show was removed from Crackle just a couple of months ago (the entire series had been streaming on Sony’s platform earlier this year), the rights to the show reverted back to HBO. Crackle executives apparently expressed an interest in streaming the episodes again after hearing about Shandling’s death, but the exclusive rights on HBO’s behalf prevented this. Instead, The Larry Sanders Show will appear on HBO’s network and its streaming platforms.
The Sony Pictures Television comedy series, which aired on HBO from 1992 to 1998, was created by Shandling and Dennis Klein. Shandling starred as the title character, the host of a late-night talk show. This “show about a show”, which featured exaggerated parodies of the actors and celebrities’ own personalities, went on to influence many other comedies, for example Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office, and 30 Rock. The 90s series also starred Jeffrey Tambor, Rip Torn, and Wallace Langham, and featured a supporting cast that included Janeane Garofalo, Bob Odenkirk, Kathryn Harrold, Scott Thompson and Jeremy Piven.
Here’s how a few of Shandling’s fellow actors and comedians remembered him earlier today:
R.I.P. Garry Shandling. I am so saddened to hear this. Brilliantly funny and such a great guy. He will be so missed.
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) March 24, 2016
Absolutely can’t process the loss of Garry Shandling. Such a genius, such a wonderful man, such an inspiration. I was so honored to know him
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) March 24, 2016
To the funniest and brilliant Garry Shandling. Rest in peace Garry.
— bob saget (@bobsaget) March 24, 2016
I can’t believe this. Very sad to say goodbye so abruptly. https://t.co/F89LbZXaER
— Mr. Bob Odenkirk (@mrbobodenkirk) March 24, 2016