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Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 12:29PM EDT
Seinfeld ended 20 years ago today: Does the much-derided series finale get better with age?
More than 76 million people watched the 75-minute May 14, 1998 series finale, which was met with with widespread derision and negative reviews. Even Jerry Seinfeld regrets the finale. Ken Trucker, who called the series finale "off-key and bloated" as TV critic for Entertainment Weekly, has had a change of heart. "When you look at 'The Finale' now, the episode works as a clever reminder of how many episodes of Seinfeld you enjoyed, enabling you to see faces that once were obscure ('Look, there’s Teri Hatcher as Jerry’s old girlfriend!') or to appreciate lesser-known characters, such as Bookman, the library cop — I forgot how much I loved Philip Baker Hall’s crusty overdue-book investigator. Indeed, watching 'The Finale' this time around was almost pure pleasure all the way through. While I’m sure the gang’s lawyer, Jackie Chiles, would come under P.C. scrutiny for the portrayal of a black man as a hustler with a law degree, I also admired Phil Morris’s deft performance, delivering reams of rapid-fire dialogue with ease."
- Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino and @Seinfeld2000 team for Elaine-themed “Jerry (Maybe We Should Get Married)" to mark the 20th anniversary
- "It was such a terrible letdown" reads one series finale review
- The Hollywood Reporter combed through 70 hours of previously unreleased interviews to mark the finale's anniversary
Posted Tuesday 5/08/18 at 9:08PM EDT
David Letterman: I should've retired from late-night 10 years ago
In his Netflix Emmys For Your Consideration conversation with Jerry Seinfeld, Letterman expressed regret with not leaving his Late Show earlier. “When you’re in show business, it’s so self-consuming and so egomaniacal that you only look at a very small focus, which is yourself,” Letterman said. “If you have the ability and the energy to do that, you should do it. But don’t do it as long as I did. I did it too long. I should have left 10 years ago, because then I could have taken some of that energy and focus and applied it to actually doing something good for humans.”
Posted Tuesday 5/08/18 at 1:23PM EDT
David Letterman praises Michelle Wolf's White House Correspondents' Dinner performance in a chat with Jerry Seinfeld
"I really had great admiration for the fact that she was able to just walk into that room and decimate the place," Letterman said in conversation at a Netflix For Your Consideration Emmy event promoting Letterman's My Next Guest Needs No Introduction and Seinfeld''s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. "So I saw the complete script of what she had done. The more I got to thinking about it, I thought 'Wow, that was great,'" Letterman told Seinfeld. "Because, just, whatever the reaction — there's no damage. And she had the guts to stand up there and didn't apologize, where everybody is now apologizing for everything." Seinfeld admitted he didn't "know" Wolf, but he had heard of her. "Everybody talks about how dedicated — that she's out every night working on her stuff and those are the kind of people I really like," he said.
Posted Thursday 4/26/18 at 5:09PM EDT
David Letterman to interview Jerry Seinfeld at a Netflix Emmys event
The My Next Guest Needs No Introduction host and Seinfeld last chatted before a non-Late Show audience in at the Paley Center in 2014. They'll chat again on May 7 in Hollywood.
Posted Thursday 4/05/18 at 1:50PM EDT
Jerry Seinfeld has three reasons why the lawsuit accusing him of stealing Comedians in Cars is baseless
In court documents filed in response to Christian Charles' lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Seinfeld notes that Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee debuted in 2012, outside the three-year statute of limitations for copyright claims. He also points out that Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee has too generic a premise to claim ownership, pointing to similar shows like Carpool Karaoke and Jay Leno's Garage. Finally, Seinfeld notes that he filed the copyright for his pilot episode 10 days before Charles filed his own copyright for Comedians in Cars Going for Coffee.
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 4:30AM EST
The @Seinfeld2000 Twitter account is thrilled by Jerry Seinfeld said a Seinfeld revival is "possible"
"Well, I just said it on Twitter, but this is definitely the best day of my life," says the person behind @Seinfeld2000, which reimagines Seinfeld in the present day. "I don’t know what that says about the quality of my life. But it’s a great day for a lot of us. It’s a day that we’ve been waiting on for a long time."
Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 1:51PM EST
Jerry Seinfeld changes his tune, says a Seinfeld revival is "possible"
Seinfeld made his "it's possible" comment this morning on Ellen, pointing out that Murphy Brown is coming back. But just five months ago, Seinfeld told Entertainment Tonight he was against the idea of bringing his iconic sitcom back. “Why? Maybe it’s nice that you continue to love it instead of us tampering with something that went pretty well," he said.
Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 1:51PM EST
Jerry Seinfeld sued over Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Producer Christian Charles alleges that he originally pitched the web series to Seinfeld in 2002. He says they even filmed a pilot, but Seinfeld ended up making the show without him. Asked to respond, Seinfeld's attorney said Charles "concocted this claim" and "we are confident that this shakedown lawsuit will go nowhere." ALSO: Seinfeld unveils the first look at Ellen DeGeneres' Comedians in Cars episode.
Posted Tuesday 1/30/18 at 4:45PM EST
Julia Louis-Dreyfus found a hidden Seinfeld message in an old frame belonging to her late father
The actress was surprised to discover a message reading “Elaine Rules!!! We (heart) Julia” that the framers’ wrote for her dad in 1993. ALSO: A Matthew Broderick fan unknowingly asked Jerry Seinfeld to step aside so they could take a photo
Posted Thursday 1/11/18 at 2:57PM EST
Louis CK’s episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee was initially omitted when the web series joined Netflix
Only 58 of the 60 episodes of the Jerry Seinfeld web series made the jump from Crackle to Netflix on Jan. 5 — and many of the episodes were edited to remove references to “Crackle." As Decider notes, the Louis CK episode was mysteriously missing. But now it has been "quietly added" to the collection. Netflix hasn’t explained the initial omission. Now, the only missing episode is the “George Costanza”/Jason Alexander episode, which Netflix doesn’t have the rights for because it aired on Fox during halftime of the Super Bowl.
Posted Sunday 12/17/17 at 12:55PM EST
Netflix released limited edition vinyl albums of its standup specials to break into the Grammys
That’s how four comedians — Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle, Jim Gaffigan and Sarah Silverman — were able to garner Grammy nominations for best comedy albums.
Posted Monday 11/13/17 at 7:34PM EST
Seinfeld is now available as a digital download
For the first time, Sony has made available all 180 episodes of the NBC sitcom for downloading.
Posted Friday 10/20/17 at 5:48PM EDT
Tracy Morgan was very impressed with Eddie Murphy’s impression of him
Asked by Jimmy Kimmel which comedian he’d love to work with, Morgan mentioned Murphy and his dead-on impression of him. “I remember, when he was on your show, he did an impression of me,” says Morgan. “When Eddie Murphy does an impression of you, it's like Michael Jackson writing a song just for you. So that was an honor for me, because I love him so much.” ALSO: Morgan and Jerry Seinfeld filmed Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee today in New Jersey.
Posted Sunday 10/08/17 at 2:43AM EDT
Jerry Seinfeld talks Steve Bannon, and how he sometimes regrets the Seinfeld series finale
In an interview Saturday at the New Yorker Festival, Seinfeld said he had no idea that the former Trump advisor and current Breitbart boss Bannon made money off Seinfeld. "I mean there are dozens and dozens of investors and people you don't know about," he said. As for the series finale, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in May, Seinfeld said: “I sometimes think we really shouldn’t have even done it. There was a lot of pressure on us at that time to do one big last show, but big is always bad in comedy.”
Posted Wednesday 9/27/17 at 3:06PM EDT
Why Conan’s “boring” car ride with Tom Cruise was so hilarious
Conan O’Brien and Tom Cruise poked fun at car-based programming like Carpool Karaoke and Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with their dull, 11-minute segment. “It’s an aggressively boring clip that goes on for way too long, which is exactly what makes it so funny,” says Constance Grady. “If Carpool Karaoke exists in a mystical fantasy world where every car ride is the greatest road trip montage ever filmed, full of beautiful people belting out their favorite songs in their gorgeous professional-musician voices while the wind blows through their hair, then Conan’s ‘just drive’ segment exists in the nightmare world of the worst-case-scenario road trip.”
- Kate Hudson filmed an installment of Carpool Karaoke with James Corden
Jerry Seinfeld and Dave Chappelle spotted filming Comedians in Cars in Washington, D.C.