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What's the Deal with the 25th Anniversary of 'Seinfeld'?

The deal is that it’s a bit of a slow weekend in terms of entertainment news, so we’ll go with this.

The first episode of Seinfeld aired on July 5th, 1989 which means that it turned 25 this weekend. TBS has been running episodes all weekend and there’s plenty of fawning pieces about the best advice to be found in the show, lists of famous actors who appeared on the show. a breakdown of the original pilot. and how it was different from the show that ended up becoming a cultural icon.

I have little to contribute here, as I was never a die-hard viewer (I was a bit too young, it premiered about six weeks before I turned three) except that both this show and the early seasons of the X-Files make me so happy to have missed the trend in women’s wear of dressing ladies in either giant boxy suits or juvenile floral prints. I’m sure Julia Louise-Dreyfus is grateful to be past that too.

Also, I haven’t delved too far into the “Pajiba 10” lists, but for fun, this makes Seinfeld older than Jennifer Lawrence, Shailene Woodley, and Emma Watson. Matthew Lewis skates it by about a week, he was born in late June 1989.

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Seinfeld - Writers Discuss The Origins Of The Urban Sombrero

What’s The Deal With The Urban Sombrero? ‘Seinfeld’ Writers On Inventing The Hat That Almost Became Real

For all of the laughs that Seinfeld gave us over its nine seasons on NBC, there was a great, if underrated, theme of bizarre fashion that delivered some of the show’s funniest moments. The Puffy Shirt ruined the Low-Talker’s career before it became a big hit with some homeless buccaneers. David Puddy took on the man-fur trend before shining a light on the ridiculously wonderful leather 8-ball jacket. Even Sue Ellen Mischke became a trendsetter by turning a classic white bra into a stylish top. But not a single article of clothing – even Morty’s beltless trench coat, The Executive — holds a candle to the good, old Urban Sombrero.

Thanks to some terrible Star Trek -inspired advice from Kramer in season eight’s first episode, “The Foundation,” Elaine believed in herself as the acting publisher of J. Peterman’s catalog. That was obviously a huge mistake. She was a doofus for thinking that she could handle her boss’s duties, and that was more than evident when she unveiled her ridiculous hat. However, even as one man in the episode revealed that he lost his job because of the Urban Sombrero — “I never thought a hat would destroy my life” — someone actually wanted to create and sell this hat in 2016. That someone? The real J. Peterman, with help from John O’Hurley, the actor who played J. Peterman on Seinfeld .

Back in April, Peterman and O’Hurley launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring the Urban Sombrero to life. At the time, we reached out to O’Hurley to find out “Why now?” and “Why, at all?” but he was unfortunately unavailable. (Sad, as we hoped to hear him say, “The horror… the horror” one more time.) Regardless, we were pulling for their campaign to be a success, but it was all for naught. While 720 backers pitched in to make this hat a reality, it fell far short of the $500,000 goal when the campaign expired on May 20. Truly, the horror… the horror.

The way O’Hurley talked about the campaign effort, it sounded like it was simply a chance for Seinfeld fans to own a replica of the show’s history and unlikely anyone would wear this giant hat to work and business casual affairs. “It’s a replica of a really, really good sight gag,” he told the Boston Globe in April, but seeing as O’Hurley actually helped the real J. Peterman bring his company back from the dead in 2001 – it went bankrupt in 1999. not long after Seinfeld aired its final episode — they presumably wanted this to be a big hit and help spur some sales in 2016 by launching additional items. But even now, after the campaign has failed, the question remains: Would anyone actually wear this thing?

For answers we called on the real experts, the men who created the Urban Sombrero in the first place: Seinfeld writers Alec Berg and Jeff Schaffer. Just as they helped us get to the bottom of the real story of Festivus. we asked them to tell us why anyone, even the biggest of Seinfeld fans, would ever want to wear something so absurd. For starters, would they wear the Urban Sombrero?

“If they sent me one I would certainly put it on a shelf in my office and display it,” Berg says. “I don’t know if I would wear it in public. I would love to have one.” Schaffer, however, is a little more open to the notion of sporting a giant hat. “I’m not a big hat guy because I still have all my hair,” he laughs. “But I’ll tell you what, I would certainly wear it after a big lunch. I would have no problem tilting that thing down and taking a siesta.”

Neither writer was aware of the real Peterman’s effort to bring the Urban Sombrero to life, which, again, is probably a good indicator of why it failed. In fact, Schaffer was so fond of the idea that he volunteered himself and Berg to write copy for the Kickstarter campaign. And if you’re going to bring this idea to the masses, shouldn’t that have been in the plans all along? Wouldn’t you want the people who wrote this terrible-but-hilarious idea into Elaine’s head in the first place?

The idea came to Berg and Schaffer after Larry David left Seinfeld prior to the eighth season. Schaffer says that he and Berg were sure that David would return until he finally didn’t, and so they had to figure out how to deal with certain aspects of George’s personal life after they killed off Susan, while also finding something fun and new for Elaine. Since they had often written the stories involving Peterman, even when David was running the show, they thought she could be doing something work-related. So, they sent her to Mexico on Peterman’s dime to be a terrible employee who returns with one really bad idea.

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Jerry Seinfeld Is The Richest Actor In Hollywood Thanks To Seinfeld Reruns: Report

Jerry Seinfeld Is The Richest Actor In Hollywood Thanks To 'Seinfeld' Reruns: Report

The last episode of "Seinfeld" may have aired 16 years ago, but the eponymous star of the Emmy Award-winning sitcom is still said to be raking in the dough thanks to the show.

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld speaks onstage at Spike TV's 'Don Rickles: One Night Only' on May 6, 2014 in New York City.

According to Wealth-X, a Singapore-based company that researches the ultra-rich, Jerry Seinfeld raked in at least $400 million last year thanks to syndication deals for "Seinfeld." (Last year, the Independent reported reruns of the show were estimated to have generated some $3 billion since the sitcom went off the air). That, together with more recent projects like 2007's "The Bee Movie," have kept the 60-year-old comedian's coffers amply stocked, Wealth-X said in a media release this week. So stocked, in fact, that the company has dubbed him the richest actor in Hollywood -- and possibly the world.

"With an estimated net worth of US$820 million… Jerry Seinfeld is laughing all the way to the bank," Wealth-X wrote in the release.

Second on the company's "Hollywood and Bollywood Rich List ," which compared the estimated net worth of actors and actresses from the U.S. and India, was Shah Rukh Khan (estimated net worth: $600 million), a prolific Bollywood actor. Tom Cruise, Tyler Perry and Johnny Depp also made it into the top five.

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What s the deal with that Seinfeld reunion?

It's not that Jerry Seinfeld lied. Last Thursday, he told New York radio station WFAN that he and Jason Alexander had filmed a "secret project" that people will be able to see "very, very soon," and that it wasn't exactly a commercial or an episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee — but it wasn't not those things, either.

The project was "short-ish," but longer than 60 seconds; Alexander was reprising his George Costanza character from Seinfeld ; series co-creator Larry David was involved; and Seinfeld thought it was a "one-and-done" event.

During the Super Bowl, we got to see a teaser of the secret project — a short (90 second) version of a short, Super Bowl–themed installment of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. (Watch the ad above, or the whole episode here .) It's hard to say what it was: The only thing the ad appeared to be selling was Seinfeld's web-only video series, and it wasn't a regular episode of Comedians in Cars because it was scripted and Alexander was appearing in character (Wayne Knight also made a cameo as Newman). Also, it was short, about six minutes.

If you caught the 90-second ad, right before the Super Bowl halftime show, the whole thing was vaguely confusing.

Seinfeld finally lifted the curtain after the Super Bowl. It wasn't an ad, because neither he nor Sony's Crackle video site paid for the spot. He elaborated in a statement:

Fox approached Larry and me about doing some kind of Seinfeld reunion for the halftime broadcast because of the New York connection. So we thought throwing Jerry, George, and Newman into a Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee was a fun way to do it. Larry and I wrote the script in one sitting, just like old times, and working with him, Jason, and Wayne was a total blast, as it always was. [via USA Today ]

The video is amusing, if not laugh-out-loud funny. It was not the reunion that Seinfeld fans were hoping for, or particularly wanted to see.

Mary McNamara at the Los Angeles Times found it downright boring, quipping that "like the Broncos' quarterback, it had a hard time connecting." What's worse, she adds, it "should have been hilarious and evocative, should have made us realize how much we miss the show that changed comedy and unleashed Larry David onto an unsuspecting public." It wasn't, and it didn't, she says, before waxing nostalgic:

There's a reason, apparently, the cast has been reluctant to commit to a reunion show: It might not be a good idea. Seinfeld was, after all, the shared dream state of a lost generation, late twenty-somethings stalled out making cutting remarks at the back of the class. Now they, and we, are older. The new crop of twenty-somethings do most of their talking on Snapchat; George and Jerry don't even carry cellphones. [Los Angeles Times ]

Bill Carter at The New York Times looks for a silver lining, proposing that the Seinfeld minireunion "will open a door to other visits by fictional comic characters" on Comedians in Cars. "The casts of both Friends and Frasier. for example, are already closely associated with coffee."

I seriously doubt it. In fact, I hope not. But I'd happily settle for Julia Louis-Dreyfus going out for coffee with Seinfeld in some crazy automobile.

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      Elaine’s Boyfriends: The Many Men Who Weren’t Seinfeld (And Him, Too)

      Much has been made of Jerry Seinfeld ‘s penchant for serial dating on Seinfeld . but Elaine Benes (Julia Louis-Dreyfus ) also got in on the action. Over the course of nine seasons, flings were flung, suitors were gossiped about, and one man was judged on whether or not he was “sponge-worthy.”

      All told, we saw about thirty of Elaine’s suitors onscreen. What does that tell us? The simple answer would be that Elaine was easy. After all, she was sex positive enough to talk openly about how the scarcity of sponges affected her dating life. However, upon closer examination, it’s more complicated than that. It seems that most of Elaine’s dates were duds, many of the men never got to home base, and that Elaine was perpetually attracted to men suffering from some sort of neuroses.

      Elaine was fickle, too. She breezed through men and when they disappointed her, she was able to move on rather quickly. She was obviously more invested in her friendships with Jerry, George, and Kramer than she was with any of these potential soul mates. In fact, we don’t even see her romantically involved onscreen with someone who’s not Jerry until season three. And besides Jerry, her longest relationship is her off-and-on tryst with Puddy.

      You learn something else when you look at all of Elaine’s romantic interests: Elaine Benes had game. It’s not just that the President of NBC joined Greenpeace to impress her. Elaine was able to snag a date with John F. Kennedy, Jr. and she went out with MLB star Keith Hernandez. And maybe it’s because she was the lone island of estrogen on a male-driven show, but Elaine was hardly ever hassled for her dating life. The guys didn’t slut-shame her and it was never inferred that she was a failure for being a single, childless woman. She might have been a failure because she actually failed at stuff, but her existence wasn’t defined by her marital status.

      As you’ll see by clicking through the gallery below, Elaine might have had many men over the course of Seinfeld. but really, her strongest connection was always with Jerry.

      What’s The Deal With This Guy?: Well, he's the eponymous star of the show. He's a stand up comic, serial dater, and Elaine's best friend. The two are officially broken up when the show starts, but sleep together a few times in early seasons. Many people — including Julia Louis-Dreyfus — think they are soulmates, but are too messed up to get it together. Elaine certainly cares about him far more than the 30 other potential suitors we met on the show.

      What’s The Deal With This Guy?: He's a much older writer who suffers a stroke before Elaine can politely break up with him.

      What’s The Deal With This Guy?: Elaine has an office fling with this recovering alcoholic. until Jerry gets him back on the sauce by accident.

      What’s The Deal With This Guy?: Hernandez is a real-life Major League Baseball player whom Jerry is obsessed with. This causes friction when Elaine starts dating him.

      What’s The Deal With This Guy?: He's Elaine's controlling psychiatrist and she needs help wrestling herself from his psychological grasp.


      Actor: Peter Crombie
      First Appearance: S4, "The Pitch"
      What’s The Deal With This Guy?: He's an unhinged patient of Dr. Reston's and he's obsessed with the idea that Jerry has blocked his way to the big time. Elaine starts dating him by complete accident and is horrified to discover who he is.

      What’s The Deal With This Guy?: He's the President of NBC. He has one encounter with Elaine and becomes so obsessed with her that he joins Greenpeace to please her (which results in his death).

      What’s The Deal With This Guy?: In the midst of the gang's contest to quit masturbating, Elaine gets a date with JFK, Jr after meeting him at her gym — only to lose out to Marla the Virgin (Jane Leeves) in the end.

      Photo: Everett Collection

      What’s The Deal With This Guy?: He's an ultra-religious guy who gets offended by her accidental nip slip in the company Christmas card photo.

      What’s The Deal With This Guy?: He's a super-serious author who doesn't like exclamation marks — except he uses them when he's mad at Elaine.

      What’s The Deal With This Guy?: He's a friend of George's — whom his mother is always comparing him to — who eventually suffers a nervous breakdown (and comes back in later seasons played by a different actor).

      What’s The Deal With This Guy?: He shares a name with a notorious serial killer and the two can't agree on what he should change his name to.

      What’s The Deal With This Guy?: Male bimbo whom Elaine only dates for his looks. George causes him to fall during rock climbing and he is scarred for life. Elaine dumps him because of his ugly face.

      What’s The Deal With This Guy?: They hit it off after being set up by Jerry, but then Phil pulls "it" out too soon.

      What’s The Deal With This Guy?: He's a close talker and very anxious. He causes problems with the gang's parents due to his social anxiety.

      What’s The Deal With This Guy?: She only dates him to find out if he's a re-gifter

      What’s The Deal With This Guy?: He's a Communist.

      What’s The Deal With This Guy?: He only refers to himself in the third person, which causes confusion because Elaine thinks another hot guy at the gym is "Jimmy."

      What’s The Deal With This Guy?: Elaine's longest-lasting and most popular boyfriend after Jerry, Puddy was a dim-witted, sweet mechanic with a deep voice. Elaine was drawn to him for his masculinity. The two were on-and-off for the final few seasons of the show.


      Actor: Mark Metcalf
      First Appearance: S7, "The Maestro"
      What’s The Deal With This Guy?: Orchestra conductor who needs to be called the Maestro. They run off to Tuscany, where they are met by Kramer and Jerry.

      What’s The Deal With This Guy?: He literally can't remember anything about Elaine.

      What’s The Deal With This Guy?: He's a jazz saxophonist, you dig?

      What’s The Deal With This Guy?: He tricks women into dates by losing bets about pop culture trivia. He winds up tricking Elaine, and then Jerry's date into dinner with him.

      What’s The Deal With This Guy?: George makes a mean comment about his relationship with Beth (Debra Messing) and the two split up. Jerry and Elaine swoop in on them, to no avail.

      What’s The Deal With This Guy?: He's a nice guy who turns into "Bizarro Jerry" as soon as Elaine breaks up with him.

      What’s The Deal With This Guy?: He's obsessed with designer furnature and a specific Eagles song. That would be weird enough, but he is hit in the head with an axe by Jerry, and then dies during surgery when his doctor is distracted by another Eagles song. Talk about dark.

      What’s The Deal With This Guy?: He's really, really bad at breaking up with women.

      What’s The Deal With This Guy?: He suffers from terrible back pain and buys Elaine a bed - which offends her because of the implication of sex.

      What’s The Deal With This Guy?: Elaine couldn't tell what race he was. Yeaaahh. It's even more awkward in retrospect.

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