Thursday, February 26, 2009
Seinfeld poised to create awful show
Jerry Seinfeld is returning to network series television after an 11-year hiatus as creator and executive producer of an NBC reality series.
The comedian and his Columbus 81 Productions are teaming with longtime "Oprah Winfrey Show" executive producer Ellen Rakieten to create "The Marriage Ref," a nonfiction series that will feature opinionated celebrities, comedians and sports stars offering commentary and advice to real-life couples enduring "classic marital disputes."
"This is not a therapy show, it's a comedy show," said Seinfeld. "After nine years of marriage, I have discovered that the comedic potential of this subject is quite rich."
According to NBC Entertainment co-chair Ben Silverman, no premiere date or timeslot has yet been selected for the series.
"Jerry called us up and told us he had an idea," Silverman said. "He flew in to sit down with us, and he and Ellen pitched the show. We were laughing the whole time as they went through the concept. As Jerry noted, some of the greatest comedies in history have been about marriage."
"Picture well-known people weighing in on a couple's relationship issues and deciding who is right and who is wrong right on the spot, like a referee," said Rakieten.