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Seinfeld Tells Kim Cattrall That Samantha Was 'The Kramer' of 'Sex and the City' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 22nd 2011 1:00PM
When Kim Cattrall stopped by 'Live With Kelly!' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC), Kelly Ripa ask her the obligatory 'Sex and the City' movie question. Even though the latest film was panned by critics, Ripa spoke for die-hard 'Sex and the City' fanwomen everywhere, who are still clamoring for another installment in the series. Cattrall joked that the actors "are always the last to know," but said she'd love to do another movie, because she has so much fun making them.

That's when guest-host Jerry Seinfeld cut in, and pointed out some similarities between 'Seinfeld' and 'Sex and the City.' "I always felt like there was a certain similarity ... and I mean this in a good way ... Sarah Jessica and I were kind of like the hub of the wheel, and then you had these other eccentric characters, and you were kind of the the Kramer of the show."

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Frances Bay Dies at Age 92

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 17th 2011 4:20PM
Frances BayVeteran TV and film actress Frances Bay has died. She was 92.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Bay has appeared in more than 100 TV shows. Her most recent TV role was on ABC's 'The Middle.' She played Aunt Ginny in 11 episodes.

Born in Mannville, Canada, Bay began acting in Winnipeg where she voiced princesses on radio shows. After starting a family she resumed acting in the 1970s.

Viewers will recall Bay's memorable 'Seinfeld' role of Mabel Choate. She fought Jerry over the last loaf of marble rye bread.

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Our Favorite Quintessentially Summer TV Episodes

by Jean Bentley, posted Jul 4th 2011 9:00AM
Summer TV episodesUsually, TV takes a summer vacation (hence the programming dead zone we're currently enduring). But occasionally, our favorite sitcoms take us with them to the beach when they return in the fall.

To honor the arrival of the greatest season of all, AOL TV rounded up a list of our absolute favorite summer TV episodes -- the ones that remind you of the beach, of fireworks or of hanging out with friends.

Though we encourage you to spend your holiday weekend outside, preferably grilling and/or swimming, marathoning these summer-themed TV episodes indoors with the AC on full blast is an acceptable alternative. After the jump, AOL TV's list of our favorite quintessentially summer TV episodes.

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TV's Greatest Rivalries: 'Survivor,' 'Dynasty,' 'True Blood' & More

by Maggie Furlong & Jean Bentley, posted Jun 22nd 2011 9:00AM
We used to watch 'The Real World' and 'Road Rules' religiously, and then MTV combined those powerfully awesome forces to create 'The Challenge.'

Well now we're old(er) and we're still inexplicably excited for their latest fight-to-the-death challenge, the series' 11th incarnation, 'The Challenge: Rivals' (premieres Wed., June 22, 10PM ET on MTV).

The Challenge: Rivals

Of course, looking through their slideshow of supposedly epic rivalries, only a few familiar faces from the old days truly stand out: Wes and Kenny, Adam and CT, Johnny and Tyler, Nehemiah and Evan, Paula and Evelyn and even Robin and Aneesa. We're not saying the rest of the eight teams battling it out aren't vicious (we know better than that), they're just not sparking any vivid memories.

So we thought we'd remind TV lovers what a true battle royale looks like -- here, our list of TV's Greatest Rivalries.

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TV 101: Some of TV's Most Memorable Departures

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted May 5th 2011 3:00PM
Steve Carell, 'The Office'If I learned anything from Bon Jovi in the '80s it was that an object's slipperiness had a direct correlation with that same object's relative wetness. But more importantly, I learned that we should never say goodbye.

However, following through with such a sentiment -- never say goodbye -- is much more difficult than scrawling it across your bulging crotch on an 8-by-10 -inch glossy for a hysterical groupie.

The truth is, we have to say goodbye -- especially in television -- no matter how complicated, emotional or difficult that might be. Some say goodbye too soon, some hang on far too long, and some depart at just the right time. It's our job to make peace with those goodbyes.

With the recent departure of Michael Scott from 'The Office,' I started to ponder other televisual vacancies and the interesting circumstances surrounding them.

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Estelle Harris on Auditioning for 'Seinfeld' and Dodging Ape Poop (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 4th 2011 8:15PM
Estelle Harris on 'The Talk'Estelle Harris got a lot of laughs when she auditioned for the role of George Costanza's mother on 'Seinfeld.' They apparently laughed the minute they heard her distinctive voice. But, as she explained Wednesday on 'The Talk' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS), she didn't think she was going to get the role. So instead of going home and waiting for the callback, she went to the zoo to see a special friend.

"So I went to visit my ape," she said, "and he loved me because he bent down and made a BM and threw it at me. Now this is a sign that the ape loves you."

A much better sign that someone loves you? The 103 phone messages waiting for Harris when she got back to her hotel, telling her she had gotten the part. If only the 'Seinfeld' producers had tossed poo at her after the audition, she may have felt more secure about it.

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

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 16th 2011 10:15PM
Len LesserLen 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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17 Things You Didn't Know About 'Seinfeld' (INFOGRAPHIC)

by Greg Voakes, posted Jan 19th 2011 11:45AM
seinfeld cast'Seinfeld' is one of the most beloved sitcoms of all-time, a "show about nothing" that's remained as ubiquitious and relevant in syndication as it was during its prime. Larry David's signature brand of wry, absurd situational humor resonated with millions of TV fans because it made average, everday life seem bizarrely eventful -- and ridiculously hilarious. Few shows of any kind have matched its quality and level of success.

But even 'Seinfeld' superfans who can quote lines of dialogue on-demand from their favorite episodes might learn a thing or two (or 17) from this infographic. Check it out after the jump and let us know in the comments.

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TV Squad Mash: Dancing to the Beat

by Avaryl Halley, posted Jan 17th 2011 10:00AM
GleeIt's undeniable: 'Glee' is a sensation, a phenomenon, a pop cultural juggernaut thanks to its inventive song-and-dance numbers. So, we decided to put together a little tribute to all the TV musical/dance numbers that came before it and will certainly come after this Gleek invasion.

The idea of a incorporating musical numbers into a weekly TV show has been around since the 1950's when Lucy "wanted to be in the show.' They haven't always been successful (see: 'Cop Rock', 'Viva Laughlin') but they have always pushed the boundaries and brought levity and warmth into our living rooms or more recently our computer screens.

Check out this compilation of some of the best musical and dance numbers throughout television history; reminding us all to shake it up, to break into song in the middle of work, to tap dance on your way to class, and always, always sing way too loud in your car.

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

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 4th 2011 2:23PM
Bill ErwinBill 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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Festivus: Join Us for the Feats of Strength

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 23rd 2010 4:00PM
Feats of StrengthSince we've already aired our grievances (with the help of Gillian Jacobs and Nick Offerman), we've got one component of Festivus yet to fulfill: the Feats of Strength. It's a little hard to wrestle over the internet, so instead we're going to do it the easy way -- by watching other people do it.

Below, enjoy a clip of a professional strong man performing feats of strength during an episode of 'America's Got Talent.' Hopefully it'll inspire you to do some heavy lifting at home -- or at least start crying and then tackle your dad.

So, as the the esteemed Frank Costanza might say, "Stop crying and fight your father."

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Top 15 Christmas TV Episodes Ever

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 16th 2010 12:00PM
The Office
Our No. 1 choice for the best Christmas episode ever may not be a surprise -- any episode that involves the creation of a new, Christmas spin-off holiday has to rate a top spot! -- but countdown is designed to bring some ho-ho-ho holiday cheer to your celebration this season.

So, jump down off the aluminum pole, postpone that Airing of Grievances and recall these classic Christmas TV installments.

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The Twelve Days of Festivus Start Tomorrow!

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 11th 2010 3:00PM
Frank Costanza and his Festivus poleIt's that time of year again... time to break out the metal pole, commence with the airing of grievances, and get limber in preparation to demonstrate the feats of strength. Yes, folks, Festivus is upon us once again!

We've been celebrating Festivus since TV Squad began in 2005; it's the first major TV-created holiday, thanks to 'Seinfeld,' and it seems fitting that a website that's all about TV celebrates a holiday that was born on TV.

Starting tomorrow, we'll be presenting what has become a yearly tradition for us: our own version of The Twelve Days of Festivus.

During each of the twelve days, we'll talk about TV that annoyed or enthralled us this past year, culminating on December 23 (the official day of Festivus, according to Frank Costanza), when we talk about one of the biggest trends on television in 2010, for better or for worse.

We'll also have our staff picks of what we want for Festivus, some best/worst picks for 2010, and some other goodies. We even may have a guest or two air some grievances of their own.

If you're new here and don't know what the heck we're talking about, here are the lists from 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

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Best 'Seinfeld' Episodes of All Time

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 30th 2010 5:00PM
seinfeld_cast_nbcCounting down the top 10 greatest 'Seinfeld' episodes ...

There are some shows that truly leave their imprint on television, forever changing our perception of what's great. When Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David ('Curb Your Enthusiasm') came up with the idea for 'Seinfeld,' a sitcom for Jerry, their idea was no idea at all.

That their conceit would someday be named the greatest television program of all time by TV Guide is probably the biggest joke of all ... and we've all been in on the gag.

'Seinfeld' premiered on July 5, 1989. That's right; it was a summer TV show, which gives you clue about how little NBC thought of the project. When 'Seinfeld' ended its run on May 14, 1998, NBC was begging the principals for more.

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

by Ryan McKee, posted Sep 14th 2010 6:40PM
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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