Ben Stiller is Bloom to Larry David's Bialystock for Broadway's The Producers on "Curb Your Enthusiasm"

News   Ben Stiller is Bloom to Larry David's Bialystock for Broadway's The Producers on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" Move over Nathan and Matthew. Has Mel Brooks found his next Bialystock and Bloom for The Producers on Broadway? Television audiences can find out in Larry David's HBO series "Curb Your Enthusiasm," kicking off its fourth season, Jan. 4, 2004.

Ben Stiller ("There's Something About Mary," "Meet The Parents") is cast opposite the "Seinfeld" co-creator David in the season premiere. Titled "Mel's Offer," the episode finds Larry David literally running into (guest star) Mel Brooks in a bathroom. That incident and a karaoke performance eventually leads The Producers creator Brooks to offer him the role of Max Bialystock, created by Nathan Lane on Broadway, opposite Stiller, in the Matthew Broderick role of Leo Bloom.

The half-hour situational comedy, which airs on the cable network Sundays at 9:30 PM (ET), starts another 10-episode season which centers around the neurotic writer, starring as himself in a fictional depiction of his real life. Actors Cheryl Hines and Jeff Garlin co-star as David’s wife Cheryl and David’s manager Jeff opposite a cast of real-life celebrities who play themselves. The comedy is based on storylines by Larry David.

David was, in fact, the basis for the role of George Costanza on "Seinfeld" played by actor Jason Alexander — who recently played the Bialystock role in the Los Angeles presentation of The Producers at the Pantages Theatre.

Original The Producers star Cady Huffman also guest stars in the episode alongside Stiller, Paul Mazursky and Christine Taylor. Upcoming episodes will feature Richard Lewis, Susie Essman, David Schwimmer, Shelley Berman, Bob Einstein, Saul Rubinek and Moon Zappa.

HBO will rerun all ten episodes from last season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" consecutively, Jan. 2, 2004 starting at 8 PM (ET). Check your local listings. "Curb Your Enthusiasm" first aired on HBO in 2000. The show is executive produced by Larry David, Jeff Garlin and Gavin Polone. Executive producers/directors are Robert B. Weide and Larry Charles. Tim Gibbons produces with co-producer Erin O'Malley.

For more information on "Curb Your Enthusiasm," visit HBO's website at www.hbo.com.