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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Wins Twain Prize, Takes Kavanaugh Shot

Actress went to same high school as Christine Blasey Ford

(Newser) - Julia Louis-Dreyfus is one of the best-known comedic actresses of her generation, and now she's been recognized with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor for a lifetime in comedy. She is the 21st person the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has honored with the award. Jerry Seinfeld,... More »

How Watching Seinfeld Reruns Supports Steve Bannon

Ironically, his "Breitbart" railed against the Jewish media

(Newser) - By watching that episode about a rabid anti-dentite , you're indirectly supporting a (alleged) rabid anti-Semite . Fusion reports new Donald Trump strategy chief Steve Bannon gets royalties every time a rerun of Seinfeld is aired. Back when he was an investment banker, Bannon's firm was involved in Ted Turner'... More »

10 Best TV Shows of All Time

'The Sopranos' takes the No. 1 spot

(Newser) - Getting people to agree on the greatest TV show of all time is about as futile as trying to sway people to your side in a political argument on Facebook. Undaunted, Rolling Stone adds its thoughts to the mix with what it calls its "definitive ranking of the game-changing... More »

'George' Is Really Regretting Those Seinfeld Comments

He apologizes on social media

(Newser) - Jason Alexander is sort of wishing he hadn't retold an old Seinfeld story to Howard Stern on Wednesday. As Alexander, aka George Costanza, explains on TwitLonger , Stern asked about the actress who played George's fiancee Susan, who was killed by toxic glue on the show. When Stern said,... More »

'George' Reveals Why Seinfeld Killed Susan

Bad chemistry was deadly for character

(Newser) - In Seinfeld's seventh season, George Costanza's fiancee, Susan, was killed by toxic glue on their wedding invitations—and the man who played Costanza has now revealed that the cast had plotted to have her killed. Jason Alexander told the Howard Stern Show yesterday that while Heidi Swedberg, who... More »

In Huge Deal, Hulu Gets Seinfeld Streaming Rights

Full series will be available to stream for first time

(Newser) - Seinfeld is coming to streaming video in its entirety for the first time. Hulu landed the rights to all 180 episodes in a massive deal valued at nearly a million bucks per episode, Variety reports, calling it "another sign that Hulu is stepping up its game." Amazon, Yahoo,... More »

Seinfeld Near Huge Deal for Streaming

Expect Hulu, Amazon, or Yahoo to get it, reports Wall Street Journal

(Newser) - Seinfeld is about to strike it rich again. The Wall Street Journal reports that suitors are lining up to acquire the streaming rights in a deal that could exceed $100 million. Netflix has dropped out of the running, reports the Journal, which says that Amazon, Hulu, and Yahoo are the... More »

How Seinfeld Is Teaching Psychiatry to Medical Students

Professor has trainees offer psychiatric evaluations of characters

(Newser) - Sure, it's no Sesame Street, but it turns out Seinfeld can be very educational. Its characters show signs of a range of psychiatric problems, and it's up to Rutgers medical students to diagnose them. Twice a week, professor Anthony Tobia has his students—who number about 150 a... More »

Comedian John Pinette Dies

He played mugging victim in Seinfeld finale

(Newser) - Veteran comedian John Pinette has been found dead in a Pittsburgh hotel room. He was 50 years old. The comic, best known for his appearance as an overweight mugging victim in the final episode of Seinfeld, died of a pulmonary embolism, his manager tells the Hollywood Reporter . Pinette, a regular... More »

Seinfeld, Larry David Working on Secret Project

'Seinfeld' co-creators haven't collaborated on script since 1996

(Newser) - Could the next Seinfeld be on the way? During an "Ask Me Anything" Q&A session on Reddit yesterday, Jerry Seinfeld revealed that he and the iconic sitcom's co-creator, his friend and Curb Your Enthusiasm star Larry David, are working on a new project. The question was about... More »

101 Best-Written TV Series Ever

Writers Guild of America releases list

(Newser) - Still reeling from last night's episode of Game of Thrones ? Need to take a break and watch a different, but also well-written, TV show? Then the Writers Guild of America's list of the 101 best-written television series arrives just in the nick of time. Here's the... More »

'George Costanza' Rips Romney After Debate Nod

Newman for Postmaster General?

(Newser) - George Costanza for president? After Mitt Romney referred to the Seinfeld character during Wednesday night's debate —telling the audience "as George Costanza would say, when they’re applauding stop"—Jason Alexander decided to weigh in. "Thrilled Gov. Romney enjoys my old character," he tweeted.... More »

Seinfeld Actor Seriously Injured in Suicide Attempt

Daniel von Bargen improving after shot in head

(Newser) - Seinfeld's Mr. Kruger, Daniel von Bargen, was seriously injured after shooting himself in the head in a botched suicide attempt, officials said. The shooting occurred shortly before von Bargen, who suffers from diabetes, was to go to a local Ohio hospital to have two toes amputated because of his... More »

TV's Best Year Ever Was ...

Hands down, 1989: 11Points blog

(Newser) - It's a wonder Americans got anything done in 1989 because it was clearly the best year in TV history, observes Sam Greenspan at his 11Points blog . We met Homer, Kramer, and even Urkel. He runs down the list of notable premieres that year:
  1. The Simpsons: Simply put, the "
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Seinfeld's Uncle Leo Dead at 88

Veteran actor Len Lesser made more than 500 TV, film appearances

(Newser) - Veteran character actor Len Lesser, best known for playing Jerry's eccentric Uncle Leo on Seinfeld, has died of cancer-related pneumonia at the age of 88. Lesser's 60-year TV career included parts in the Monkees, Get Smart, and the Rockford Files. Lesser, a native New Yorker and World War II vet,... More »

I Quit: Five Great Job-Ending TV Moments

(Newser) - Most people love a good job-departure story, and while the news provided at least two of those this week ( here and here , even if the eraser board girl was a hoax), TV has a history of great quitting/firing moments. Cinemablend pulls together five favorites; click here to see all... More »

Keith Hernandez Dozes Off During Mets Game

Announcer grabs some z's during extra innings

(Newser) - Love the tension and excitement of extra-innings baseball? We're sure Keith Hernandez does, too, so he was probably dreaming about it when he fell asleep during the Mets' 11-inning victory over the Giants on Saturday. Cameras caught the announcer and former All-Star—and Seinfeld guest star—face-down in the booth,... More »

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Gets Misspelled Star

She thought "Luis Dreyfus" was funny, wanted it to stay

(Newser) - It’s every copy editor’s dream: Catching a typo…on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. CNN producer (and former copy editor) David Daniel happened to be walking by Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ new star on the Walk of Fame just four hours before the unveiling ceremony when he noticed her name... More »

If Seinfeld Were on Today ...

Here's what Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer are doing

(Newser) - Seinfeld is probably gone for good, but if it did come back, PopEater runs down the status quo of the characters, based on the Curb Your Enthusiasm faux-reunion:
  • Elaine: Used Jerry’s donated sperm to impregnate herself, and now wants him to be a father figure for her daughter. After
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'Kramer' Parodies Racist Rant

Curb episode jokes about comedian's tirade

(Newser) - Michael Richards makes fun of the racist fit that derailed his standup career on the latest episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. The show has a black character deceive Richards—playing himself—as part of a ruse by Larry David. Richards corners the character and begins to scream: "If only... More »

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