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Posted Friday 10/19/18 at 2:36AM EDT
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia re-created an iconic Seinfeld scene
Check out the FX comedy's remaking of a classic scene from Seinfeld's "The Contest" episode side by side with the original.
Posted Wednesday 10/17/18 at 3:23PM EDT
Julia Louis-Dreyfus established a new kind of sitcom actress on a new kind of sitcom
Source: The Washington Post
The Veep star gets the Washington Post profile treatment ahead of Sunday's ceremony honoring her with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The Post's Geoff Edgars writes that Louis-Dreyfus’ success is unprecedented, from Seinfeld to The New Adventures of Old Christine to Veep. She has paved the way, he explains, by serving "as a model for the wave of talented women who emerged over the past decade-plus, including Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling, and Amy Poehler." And while she didn't create Seinfeld, he adds, "her nine seasons on the hit established a new kind of sitcom actress on a new kind of sitcom. Post-Lucille Ball, prime time was packed with airheaded babes (Barbara Eden in I Dream of Jeanie or Suzanne Somers on Three’s Company) or matronly voices-of-reason (Marion Ross on Happy Days). Roseanne Barr brought a lunch-pail weariness to television, and Mary Tyler Moore managed to be both independent and sharp. But Elaine and Selina were nothing like Mary. They could be as shallow, nasty and dysfunctional as the guys sitting around Jerry’s apartment, as profane and blue as the potty-mouthed male politicians making backroom deals." ALSO: Louis-Dreyfus said she never considered leaving Veep despite her cancer diagnosis.
Posted Saturday 10/13/18 at 3:11AM EDT
Seinfeld-style sneakers are suddenly all the rage
The plain white, chunky sneakers that Jerry Seinfeld used to wear on his sitcom are making a comeback.
Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 1:39PM EDT
Jerry Seinfeld explains why he can't watch Seinfeld, and why he turned down $5 million an episode
Source: The New York Times
The New York Times asked Seinfeld, "When you’re flipping channels and you come across a Seinfeld rerun, do you flip right past it or do you linger?" Seinfeld responded: Right past it. I think there’s a level of focus you need to get something to a certain point creatively, and you pay a price for that, which is you can’t ever look at it again." As for if he ever second-guessed turning down NBC's offer to continue doing Seinfeld at $5 million an episode, Seinfeld says: "No. It was the perfect moment, and the proof that it was the right moment is the number of questions you’re still asking me about it."
Posted Friday 7/06/18 at 3:07PM EDT
John Mulaney discussed with Jerry Seinfeld his failed Fox Seinfeld-like sitcom
The Fox sitcom Mulaney, which ran for 13 episodes in the 2014-15 season, couldn't escape comparisons to Seinfeld. On a new episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Mulaney brought up his terrible sitcom experience. "The experience of doing a sitcom was such a slow process getting it on the air that once it was on the air I felt double confident that this was it," Mulaney told Seinfeld. "And then... uh... and then you show it to people. And they say, 'nope.'" ALSO: "Seinfeld Current Day" Twitter account takes on NBC's Twitter.
Posted Thursday 7/05/18 at 8:54PM EDT
Check out a modern version of Seinfeld's apartment
Source: Time Out
Design firm Modsy is commemorating today's 29th anniversary of Seinfeld's premiere with a redesign of Jerry Seinfeld's apartment, complete with an iMac. In today's New York City, an apartment like Seinfeld's apartment would probably cost around $4,552 per month to rent.
Posted Thursday 6/28/18 at 1:18PM EDT
Seinfeld writer thinks McDonald's should pay him for muffin tops idea
Posted Thursday 6/28/18 at 1:18PM EDT
Stanley Anderson, who played Judge Vandelay on the Seinfeld finale, dies at 78
Source: Page Six
Anderson, who passed away weeks after being diagnosed with brain cancer, also played Drew Carey's dad on The Drew Carey Show.
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 9:42PM EDT
McDonald's takes a cue from Seinfeld's Elaine Benes, announces it will start serving muffin tops
In an idea seemingly lifted from a Seinfeld episode, the fast-food chain announced it will start testing "Muffin Toppers" in Baltimore-area restaurants in an effort to revamp its breakfast menu.
Posted Wednesday 5/23/18 at 2:17PM EDT
Julia Louis-Dreyfus to be honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
Source: The New York Times
“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?
Source: The A.V. Club
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
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"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."