Garry Shandling inked a deal before he died to return his groundbreaking sitcom "The Larry Sanders Show" to HBO, NBC News learned Friday.
"I loved Garry," Sony Pictures Television Chairman Steve Mosko told entertainment news site TheWrap, which first broke the story. "We were fulfilling his wishes to see the show move to HBO."
Shandling, who played a fictional talk show host on the Emmy Award-winning showbiz satire from 1992 to 1998, died suddenly on Thursday of an apparent heart attack.
The show will appear on the premium cable channel and its streaming services, HBO Go and and HBO Now, "another person familiar with the deal" told TheWrap.
"The Larry Sanders Show" was a groundbreaking show that helped spawn other edgy comedy series like "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "30 Rock." The supporting cast featured a constellation of comedic stars, including Bob Odenkirk, Janeane Garofalo and Jeremy Piven.
Shandling, who was 66, is being mourned by some of the comedy world's biggest names — Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, Steve Martin and others.