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Posted Wednesday 5/23/18 at 2:17PM EDT
Julia Louis-Dreyfus to be honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
“Like Mark Twain, Julia has enriched American culture with her iconic, unforgettable, and outright hilarious brand of humor,” Deborah F. Rutter, the president of the Kennedy Center, said in a statement. “Over four decades, her wildly original characters and her gift for physical comedy have left us in stitches.” The Veep star said in her own statement: “Merely to join the list of distinguished recipients of this award would be honor enough, but, as a student of both American history and literature, the fact that Mr. Twain himself will be presenting the award to me in person is particularly gratifying."
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 10:53PM EDT
What happens when you analyze all 173 Seinfeld scripts?
Writer Andrew Thompson and designer Tri Vo's analysis in honor of the 20th anniversary of the series finale reveals how much each character spoke and how frequently catchphrases were used.
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 1:10PM EDT
James Corden "performs" the Seinfeld theme
Watch The Late Late Show host's performance of the Seinfeld theme as a "Young James Corden" in honor the iconic sitcom's 20th anniversary.
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
How Seinfeld's series finale paved the way for modern comedy
The series finale that aired 20 years ago today, on May 14, 1998, proved to be influential, even if many fans and critics hated it, says Marianne Eloise. "It's fair to say that the episode is not without problems – its format makes it a little slower than a standard Seinfeld episode, the courtroom setup makes it feel samey, the carousel of old characters and references makes it feel smug," says Eloise. "But that is precisely why it’s perfect: Seinfeld has always been smug, snidey, all-knowing. Its characters and creators have always prided themselves on knowing things that we don’t – whether that’s obscure references or just how to make good comedy. Seinfeld has always gone against the grain of what’s intuitive or expected, and that’s what has aided its longevity. Regardless of its poor reviews, the finale, like the series, has gone down in history as a blueprint for how comedy can be done. In a direct way, the courtroom setup has been recycled by a number of shows."
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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 Thursday 4/05/18 at 12:48AM EDT
NBC boss on revivals: The Office and The West Wing could come back, but not Friends or Seinfeld
"We can't just reboot everything," said NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt, referring to what he calls the "reboot genre." Friends and Seinfeld won't be coming back, he said in a Hollywood Reporter Q&A. He also doesn't see a Cheers revival happening. "I'd love to have the Cheers reboot if it were 20 years ago," he said. The Office could come back with a new cast, he said, adding that Aaron Sorkin is welcome to revive The West Wing "if he weren't busy doing 10 other extraordinary things." Greenblatt wasn't asked about a potential Mad About You revival. Still, Greenblatt says there's a major complication in bringing back old shows with their original casts: "The actors want a lot more money than we're willing to pay them."
Posted Friday 3/30/18 at 9:30PM EDT
Here are the likely Trump voters on famous sitcoms: From George Costanza to Rachel Green to Barney Stinson
Why would Costanza from Seinfeld vote for Trump? Because "Trump is a success story for a bald man!" says Anna Menta.
Posted Friday 3/16/18 at 10:02PM EDT
Here are 10 myths about TV comedy
Did The Munsters actually have a "Grandpa Munster"? Did every Seinfeld episode have a Superman reference?
Posted Friday 2/23/18 at 11:19PM EST
Check out popular TV shows as 8-bit illustrations
Artist Gustavo Viselner has applied the pixelized video game style look to everything from Seinfeld to Breaking Bad to The Handmaid's Tale.
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 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 Wednesday 11/22/17 at 10:51PM EST
Presenting the most disastrous Thanksgiving sitcom episodes
Friends, Seinfeld and Full House all experienced Turkey Day-themed disasters.
Posted Monday 11/20/17 at 11:08PM EST
This week’s Curb Your Enthusiasm wasn’t intended to remind viewers of Seinfeld
"This one was about proving that Larry had a point,” says executive producer Jeff Schaffer. “Which, I think, is the heart of Curb."
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.