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Seinfeld: The Pen

(S03E03) My brother Rich and I can both tell you about the grudges our grandparents had with people who, in the grand scheme of things, didn't seem to do much to earn that grudge. It could have been something as silly as a birthday card that was a few days late or a remark heard through an intermediary. But the passive-aggressive venom put forth from both sets of grandparents (one who lived in the Bronx, and one who lived in Florida) made it seem like the person being grudged against was the Jewish version of Joey Buttafuoco. That's why "The Pen" is one of my all-time favorite episodes of Seinfeld. Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David did such a pitch-perfect job of capturing the silly pettiness that goes on in Floridian retirement communities, that when I first saw it, it took me right back to my mother's parents' condo in Lake Worth....

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Seinfelds sued over cookbook

Believe it or not, I'm a little bit surprised by this news: According to The Smoking Gun (via AOL), Missy Chase Lapine has sued Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld over the flap concerning the similarities between her cookbook, The Sneaky Chef, and Mrs. Seinfeld's cookbook, Deceptively Delicious. Jessica is accused of plagiarizing Lapine's book. But why is Jerry included in the suit? Because Lapine has decided that in the process of defending his wife in various TV appearances, Jerry defamed her by accusing her of being a "wacko" and a stalker. In fact, the suit specifically mentions Jerry's appearance on Letterman where the w-word was uttered....

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Seinfeld tops DVD awards

The fifth and sixth season sets of Seinfeld took top honors at the recent TV DVD Awards in Century City, California. Seinfeld won "Best of Show" and "Best 1990s Series." Below is a list of winners in other categories. I didn't purchase any of these DVDs, with the exception of The Simpsons. Were there any DVDs that came out between September 1, 2005 and August 31, 2006 you guys think should be on this list? I was somewhat surprised to see Dinosaurs win for Best Children's Program, not because it was a bad show, but because I considered it more of a family show than a children's show. Anyway, the list: Best 2000s Series: Lost: The Complete First Season Best 1980s Series: Remington Steele: Seasons 4 and 5 Best 1970s Series: The Bob Newhart Show: The Complete Second Season Best 1960s Series: The Munsters: The Complete Second Season Best 1950s Series: The Adventures of Superman: The Complete First Season Best Animated Series: The Simpsons: The Complete Seventh Season Best Children's...

Seinfeld returns to NBC (sort of)

In order to promote his upcoming animated feature, Bee Movie, Jerry Seinfeld is creating twenty "minisodes" to be shown on both NBC and NBC.com. Live-action spots for the film have already been made, but it's not clear if these "minisodes" will be more of the same or something completely different. I've placed one of the movie spots at the end of this post....

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The Seinfeld reunion on Curb will be about a Seinfeld reunion - TCA Report

If the meta-ness of my headline confuses you, I apologize. It's the best way I could phrase it, because it's kind of mind-blowing in concept. At today's HBO session at the TCAs, Larry David came on stage to talk about the upcoming season of Curb Your Enthusiasm. In it, as we all know, he'll be reuniting the Seinfeld cast on the show. And what will they be doing? They'll be working on... a Seinfeld reunion episode. "The context is that for years I've been asked about a Seinfeld reunion," said David, "and i'd say no it's a lame idea. And then i thought it might be very funny to do that on Curb, and I kept thinking about it and different scenarios of how to pull it off." When he talked to Jerry Seinfeld and the cast about it, they were all game. "So doiung a Seinfeld reunion show on Curb we'll see writing read through rehersals show being filmed. You won't see the entire show, you'll see parts of the show get an idea of what happened eleven years later."...

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Seinfeld to appear on Spike Feresten's show

Jerry Seinfeld will be appearing on the October 21 episode of TalkShow with Spike Feresten. Of course, TV Squad readers should already know that, since Spike himself told Joel back in September. He told Joel he wanted Seinfeld to host his own segment of the program, but the Zap2It article only says that Seinfeld is set to do some new stand-up material and sit down for an interview. Whatever ends up happening, it should be a great night. Seinfeld does pop up on TV now and again, but not very often, so anything featuring him is always nice to see. The show airs Saturdays at midnight on FOX....

Clickable: On the Set of The 'Seinfeld' Reunion - Kind Of (VIDEO)

Larry David found a clever way to skirt the demand for a 'Seinfeld' reunion by having the cast on season 7 of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm.' And now 'Seinfeld XXX' seems to be going back to the same well for their own version of a reunion. Pornographic parodies of popular movies have been a longtime staple for the industry. In the last few years, they've opened it up to television shows as well. You can find XXX versions of dozens of sitcoms: '30 Rock,' 'Friends,' 'Scrubs' and of course 'Seinfeld.' Impressively, they often get the look and tone of the show correct. Not that we've watched them, of course ... there are nudity-free trailers of them across YouTube....

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Preview the 'Seinfeld' Reunion on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'

Jerry, Elaine, George, Kramer ... what are you doing here? 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' returns for its seventh season this Sunday after a long hiatus (the show last aired in November 2007), and the big story will be Larry David putting together a 'Seinfeld' reunion. Yup, the gang -- Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards -- will be back together again. When last we saw Larry, he'd hooked up with Loretta (Vivica A. Fox) after taking her Hurricane Katrina-affected family into his home. Now, as selfish as ever, he wants to break up her -- even though she's sick -- and reconcile with ex-wife Cheryl (Cheryl Hines). And to facilitate that, he cooks up a 'Seinfeld' reunion so he can offer her an acting part. David has said, "The more people I can offend, the better." The show even plans to address Richards' racist tirade scandal from 2006....

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Bill Erwin, 'Seinfeld' Character Actor, Dead at 96

Bill Erwin, a veteran character actor probably best known for his Emmy-nominated guest role on 'Seinfeld' as old man Sid Fields, has passed away. Erwin died in Studio City, Calif. on Dec. 29. He was 96. Before 'Seinfeld,' Erwin had already had a long career on TV, appearong on shows including 'Hallmark Hall of Fame,' 'Studio 57,' 'Highway Patrol,' 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents,' 'I Love Lucy,' 'The Twilight Zone,' 'Sea Hunt,' 'Leave it to Beaver,' 'The Andy Griffith Show,' 'Mister Ed,' 'Maverick,' 'Lassie,' 'Perry Mason,' 'The Fugitive,' 'Get Smart,' 'Gunsmoke,' 'The Waltons,' 'Moonlighting,' 'Star Trek: TNG,' 'Growing Pains,' 'The West Wing,' 'Monk,' 'My Name is Earl' and dozens more....

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Len Lesser, 'Seinfeld's' Uncle Leo, Dead at 88

Len Lesser, best-known to TV fans as Uncle Leo on 'Seinfeld,' has died. Lesser died from pneumonia in Burbank, CA. He was 88. He had a very long television career, making his first appearance on a 1949 -- yes, 1949! -- episode of 'Studio One.' During the course of his 60-year career he appeared in such shows as 'Dragnet,' 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents,' 'Gunsmoke,' 'Mike Hammer' (the 50s version), 'Playhouse 90,' 'The Jack Benny Program,' 'The Untouchables,' 'The Outer Limits,' 'The Wild, Wild West,' 'Get Smart,' 'Boy Meets World,' 'ER,' 'Cold Case' and dozens of others....

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Jerry Seinfeld should be the next Oscar host

One of the things I forgot to mention in my review of Sunday night / Monday morning's Oscar ceremony was the welcome sight of Jerry Seinfeld presenting the award for best long-form documentary. By the time ol' Jer showed up to give the award, most viewers, including myself, were punchy and tired, but it did seem like he injected a much-needed bit of irreverent humor into the show. His prepared stand-up bit was short but funny. He talked about how movie theaters shouldn't ask patrons to clean up after themselves because, after overcharging for popcorn and food that he shouldn't even be eating, he should have the right to be able to dispense of his junk by just opening his hand. He then led into the announcement of the nominations by saying: "And now, here are the five extremely depressing films that are nominated for this award." All of this leads me to wonder: Why has Jerry never hosted this show? He seems to be a natural at it....

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The TV Squad Seinfeld season eight DVD giveaway

This week we've got not one but two DVD giveaways! We're giving out five copies of the Seinfeld season eight DVD set. We'll give one copy away to five randomly chosen commenters to this post. Just post a comment below and make sure you confirm it. We'll randomly choose ten winning entries from all eligible comments. Some basic rules and clarifications: - To enter, leave a confirmed comment below. - The comment must be left before June 24, 2007 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time. - You can only enter once. - The winning entries will be chosen completely at random. And now we present you with the legalities of the contest. (Read them. Please.)...

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Paul Shaffer was first choice to play George on Seinfeld

Can you picture Late Show with David Letterman bandleader Paul Shaffer as George Costanza on Seinfeld? He was actually offered the role but turned it down, according to Shaffer's new book, We'll Be Here For The Rest Of Our Lives. Now, this isn't one of those situations where a group of people were brought in to audition for the role, Jerry Seinfeld actually told him he didn't have to audition for the role, the role was his, he just had to accept it. But Shaffer didn't call back because he was too busy with other jobs. It wouldn't have been the first sitcom role for Shaffer. He co-starred in the 1977 show A Year at the Top, with Mickey Rooney and Greg Evigan....

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Five little-known things about Seinfeld

Ask Men has a list of 5 Things You Didn't Know about Seinfeld. I don't consider myself the biggest Seinfeld fan on the planet, but I do think I've seen every episode, and I didn't know any of this stuff. Maybe you die-hard fans will scoff at the list and proclaim your knowledge of all those little known facts and more. For instance, did you realize that we never got to meet any of Jerry, George, or Elaine's siblings? We got to meet their parents, but each of them referenced siblings during several episodes and we never, ever saw or met them. That's actually a cool little insight to their characters--that they really don't want to see their siblings. In case you were wondering, Elaine has a sister (her nephew was the one who was obsessed with the nipple slip Christmas card), Jerry has a sister, and George has a brother. ...

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Putting Seinfeld's sandwich to the test

When I found out Jerry Seinfeld had created a peanut butter sandwich which was being sold exclusively at Peanut Butter and Company in Greenwich Village, I decided I had to try the sandwich myself. The thing is, I don't live in New York City so I put one together based on the information from this article. I'm not sure if I got the peanut butter/honey/cinnamon ratio just right, but I will say that Jerry knows what makes a good sandwich. My suggestion is not to overpower the sandwich with cinnamon. You should taste mostly honey and peanut butter with only a slight hint of cinnamon lingering in the background. Also, one must be careful of honey leakage. It can get messy. You should also make wry observations about random things while you're eating it, just to get the full Seinfeld experience. (Note: The image on the right comes from the wonderful and funderful site toothpaste for dinner).  ...

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