REASON TO WATCH: Long-awaited arrival of the seventh season . . . and some guy named Jerry.
WHEN/WHERE: Sunday, Sept. 20 at 9 p.m. on HBO
Hard to believe, but it's been two - two! - years since "Curb's" sixth season wrapped, so a refresher is in order. Cheryl (Cheryl Hines) has moved out and is dating the No Fly Zone (a certain type of underwear) guy. At a bat mitzvah, Larry (Larry David) hooks up with Loretta (Vivica A. Fox), the matriarch of the Black family, who had been living with the Davids after being displaced by a hurricane.
WHAT SUNDAY'S ABOUT
Loretta is in bed, ill, and it could be cancer. But even before she got sick, Larry had been thinking of breaking up with her. They just don't have much in common - he likes the house cool, she likes it hot, and so on. But Jeff (Jeff Garlin) warns him that he'd better break up with her soon, because "you can't break up with someone who has cancer. You've got to break up with her before she gets the first test results."
Meanwhile, Marty Funkhouser's (Bob Einstein) sister, Bam Bam (Catherine O'Hara), has been released from a mental institution. Larry offers to visit and comfort her; this is, of course, an empty gesture, but Funkhouser takes him up on it, anyway. Oh, yes, and while at a restaurant, Larry runs into Cheryl. Without Cheryl, Larry's edges have been sharpened - he's more of an argumentative, bile-filled misanthrope than ever, in other words. But the whole season - especially the much-ballyhooed "Seinfeld" reunion coming Oct. 4 - may pivot on this chance encounter.