Jessica Seinfeld - A host of stars including previous cast members were snapped as they arrived to the Rockerfeller Plaza for Saturday Night Live as it celebrated it's 40th anniversary with a star studded gala in New York, United States - Monday 16th February 2015
Not what the people wanted, it would seem
Appetites were well and truly whetted; the rumor mill was in full flow. Yes, the sighting of Jerry Seinfeld and Jason Alexander – stars of America’s favorite comedy, Seinfeld – outside Tom’s Café in New York brought back the hysteria of the 90s sitcom, as fans and media outlets alike attempted to guess the reason behind their meeting.
If the 'comeback' was a litmus test for a real reunion, don't expect to see the gang together anytime soon
But the Comedians in Cars/Seinfeld/Superbowl advert mash-up – is it turned out to be – wasn’t brilliant. It’s difficult to pin why or how it wasn’t brilliant, but something was amiss. Perhaps it was the hype: Jerry was answering questions when he appeared on WFAN’s “Boomer & Carton” show, hinting at the project.
Continue reading: Seinfeld Super Bowl: Not The Seinfeld Reunion We Were Hoping For
Former Seinfeld star Julia Louis-Dreyfus has had her Israeli TV commercial pulled, for fear that it would offend the country's overweight population
It’s a common social embarrassment that many of us have fallen victim to. Asking “Oh, when are you due?” only to be met with the response “I’m not pregnant.” Oh, the horror… Sadly for Julia Louis-Dreyfus, however, her comic take on this scenario, for a regional TV commercial has been banned from the airwaves in Israel, for fear of offending its overweight citizens.
In the commercial for local satellite TV station Yes, the former Seinfeld star can be seen patting a co-worker’s belly, thinking that she was with child, only to realise that she is not pregnant at all, merely overweight. The social embarrassment continues, and culminates in her remarking that the woman couldn’t possibly be pregnant “because obviously she hasn’t dated anyone in forever.” The Hollywood Reporter revealed the news that the ad had been pulled from broadcast and quoted Israel’s Yedid Association for Community Empowerment, who filed a complaint with Yes’ CEO Ron Ayalon, as well as the Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Council.
“There are a lot of weight-challenged individuals in Israel who are treated in an irreverent and hurtful manner,” came the complaint. “There is no justification to illustrate a stigma which suggests a larger woman is either pregnant or simply too fat for anyone to consider going out with.” The commercial has not only been pulled from air but also removed from the company’s YouTube channel. Yes released a statement of apology, stating “the playful commercial was based on Julia Louis-Dreyfus' past characters, and the message is how one may handle making a mistake. If anyone is being ridiculed throughout the spot it is Julia herself who is the one making these mistakes… It was not our intention to offend any population whatsoever and if it hurt anyone, we are deeply sorry."
Everybody's favourite Seinfeld character, Kramer, who was lovingly played by Michael Richards, is set to grace the small screen once more alongside Cheers actor Kirstie Alley in the US sitcom pilot for Giant Baby.
Richards will play a limo driver for Alley's Broadway star, who has to deal with the son she gave up for adoption coming back into her life. He rose to prominence with his excellent work, mastering the art of slapstick comedy while punctuating it with some excellently delivered lines. His quirky acting style and signature cheesy grin have become iconic, and his performances alongside pals Jerry Seinfeld, George Costanza and Elaine Benes culminated in one of the most powerful comical quartets in television history. He was, however, embroiled in controversy when, inexplicably, he shouted racial slurs against hecklers during a standup appearance at a Los Angeles comedy club. It was out of character, and Richards issued a heartfelt apology, even correcting those that found it funny, asserting that it was in fact a very serious matter.
It looks like Jason Alexander, who played the part of George in Seinfeld, is still to really do any meaningful work after Seinfeld. Jerry is still doing stand up, which sells out most of the time, Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Elaine) has Veep, and now Richards has a new pilot. The whole gang got together on Curb Your Enthusiasm for a comeback show written by Larry David.
You can’t quantify levels of comedy of course … or can you? A poll ran by Vanity Fair/60 Minutes has attempted to, all so it can give out a gong (we’re not sure if anyone will get an actual physical gong) to its winner of the best TV sitcom of all time.
According to the New York Daily News, the poll took on a pretty standard structure of getting Joe Public to vote on a load of sitcoms and totting up all the answers to find out which had received the most votes. Now, there was a slight problem with this, given that voters were given a choice of just seven sitcoms to choose from (and imagine our disappointment when we found Joey hadn’t made the cut). This suggests that the top seven are already pretty much objectively the best, which is nonsense, so we’re not taking this too seriously. And the seven? Arrested Development, Cheers, Friends, The Honeymooners, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Seinfeld and 30 Rock. So no Frasier either. Like we said, nonsense.
The winner of all this, then, was Seinfeld! It took 22% of the vote to just edge The Honeymooners, which sat pretty on 20%. Friends was back in third on 16%, Cheers fourth with 14%, Arrested Development fifth with 7%, The Mary Tyler Moore show sixth with 6% and 30 Rock propping them all up with just 5%. There were some other polls ran too, but frankly we’ve lost heart in reporting them after realizing how narrow the choice was for this one. Jay Leno was the chat show host most likely to make us laugh, whilst men were apparently more funnier than women. We bet there wasn’t enough choice in that one either.
Continue reading: Is Seinfeld The Greatest Sitcom Of All Time?