Television: The Larry We Loved

Seinfeld, Ellen, Murphy Brown--who cares? It's the end of Garry Shandling's show that hurts

Ask Garry Shandling to reflect on The Larry Sanders Show, his inspired comedy about an insecure, manipulative, talk-show host that is ending its six-year run on HBO this week, and he won't tell you about making people laugh or satirizing show business; he will talk about "the core of human existence." Recalling the show's origins, he will say, "I wanted to do a project that dealt in a deeper way with human behavior...I wanted to be more deeply challenged as an artist." He will mention his "steadfast vision" for the show--that it would be a "constant exploration of the characters." Who...

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