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Jerry Seinfeld Gets Madonna for 'The Marriage Ref'

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 14th 2010 1:00PM
the_marriage_ref_jerry_seinfeldThis is rich. One of the celebrity judges on Jerry Seinfeld's new reality show, 'The Marriage Ref' will be Madonna. That's right. Madonna. How funny is that? For advice on dancing or pop sings or shocking the public or even cone-shaped bras, Madonna would be the authority to go to. However, is she really the person you'd go to for marital advice?

Still, it's a big time booking for Seinfeld's new show. She's a star. And when you consider that Alec Baldwin is another choice for marriage judge, the requirement for appearing on the show is not personal success with marital relations. Lately, Alec Baldwin has been the poster boy for how not to handle joint custody of a child post-divorce!

Sounds like 'The Marriage Ref' might be the new 'Gong Show.' In addition to Madonna and Baldwin, Kelly Ripa, Matt Lauer, Matthew Broderick, Martin Short, Sarah Silverman, Larry David, Ricky Gervais and Cedric the Entertainer have all been slated to appear as the refs. Emphasis will likely be on the joking, not really settling squabbles between couples.

Once the Olympics are over, 'The Marriage Ref' begins its run. There's a special showing on Sunday, February 28, but the show begins for real with the premiere on Thursday, March 4.

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Teri Osborn

I am unable to watch the Marriage Ref, 30 Rock and for the first time since I was probably 12 years old, the Academy Awards.

Alec Baldwin's abusive behavior of his daughter Ireland when she was 12, and now again when she is 14 is something we can not support.

The entertainment industry must stop rewarding their talent that abuses children.

February 22 2010 at 1:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The way I have always viewed reality programs is that they all fall into three categories more or less.
1. Competition eg Survivor, BB, Amazing Race etc
2. Soap opera eg Real world, Keeping up with the Kardashians etc
3. Gimmick eg Joe Millionaire, Who wants to marry a millionaire etc.
By the sounds of it this new show falls firmly into number three and those are the kinds of shows that never last. Some get some positive buzz but most just fade of into cancellation.

I have just always felt Seinfeld has such a strong brand loyalty associated with his name that a throw-away reality show is just a bad career move.

But as always im ready to be proved wrong.

February 15 2010 at 12:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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