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TBS will air a week of 'Seinfeld' to honor the show's 25th anniversary

Too long relegated to sad, dusty obscurity, the mostly forgotten ’90s comedy gem Seinfeld will finally resurface on TBS later this month. In a press release, the network encouraged the series’s network of few-and-far-between fans to tweet with the hashtag #seinfeld25 as they discuss episodes of the critically acclaimed show about a New York comic and his quirky gang of friends. Perhaps now Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer will get the recognition and the exposure they always deserved.

From June 30 through July 5, TBS will air 25 of Seinfeld‘s most famous episodes—including “The Chinese Restaurant,” “The Serenity Now,” “The Puffy Shirt,” and “The Contest”—culled from the series’s immensely successful nine-season run (1989-1998). Episodes will air in two-hour blocks each night, concluding with a five-episode insta-binge on Saturday. Seinfeld is widely regarded as one of the greatest sitcoms ever, and the show’s stars made news earlier this year for appearing in a Super Bowl commercial.

Hopefully new initiates to the ’90s sitcom will be able to follow the famously dense and intricate plotting of the “show about nothing.” If not, though, they can also catch reruns on TBS literally any weeknight during any given week.

Modern Seinfeld tweeter books TV writing gig

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“Jerry discovers hot young comedian making fun of him on Twitter, gets him a job writing for a new sitcom.”

It sounds like a fake logline straight out of Jack Moore and Josh Gondelman’s popular Modern Seinfeld Twitter feed — but make just a few tweaks, and you’ll get a true story.

Moore confirmed to EW today that he’s been hired for the writing staff of Fox’s upcoming Alexis Bledel/Jason Ritter sitcom Us & Them, an American spin on the U.K.’s romantic comedy Gavin & Stacey. Given the content of Modern Seinfeld, this shouldn’t be much of a surprise: “I was basically pitching storylines, which is a huge part of being on a writing staff,” he told The Hollywood Reporter, which first noted the news.

Moore isn’t the first young writer to secure a sitcom job via Twitter.
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'The Sopranos' and 'Seinfeld' top WGA's 'TV 101' list of best-written series ever

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The Sopranos was named the best-written show in television history by the Writers Guild of America, edging out an eclectic collection of some of the most beloved and admired series. Members of the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) voted online for the 101 Best Written TV Series, with David Chase’s iconic “family” drama topping Seinfeld, The Twilight Zone, All in the Family, and M*A*S*H*.

“At their core, all of these wonderful series began with the words of the writers who created them and were sustained by the writers who joined their staffs or worked on individual episodes,” said WGAW President Chris Keyser and WGAE President Michael Winship in a joint statement. “This list is not only a tribute to great TV, it is a dedication to all writers who devote their hearts and minds to advancing their craft.”

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'Community': See the study group as puppets -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

When it came to this week’s episode of Community, the study group really felt it. Yes, viewers will get to see Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) and his Greendale pals as puppets in an episode that features the gang taking a balloon ride that crashes in the woods, where they happen upon a nice mountain man played by Jason Alexander.

Does the episode contain some Dean Pelton-led group therapy involving hand puppets? It does. Are there songs as well? Several. (Guest-star Sara Bareilles sings one, and Adam Levine co-wrote another.) Are you about to click on the video below to see the gang (as larger puppets) meet the possibly psychic, questionably coiffed mountain man? I think you know the answer to that. READ FULL STORY

Google celebrates Festivus with 'Seinfeld'-inspired Easter Egg

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The “Festivus” pole on Google

Type “Christmas” into Google and you get the standard list of search results that you expect.

Type “Festivus” and Seinfeld fans receive an unexpected treat: The undecorated aluminum Festivus pole.

The Easter Egg is Google’s tribute to the alternative holiday tradition inspired by a 1997 episode of the NBC comedy classic, where George Costanza’s disgruntled father tells how he created Festivus to replace over-commercialized Christmas. “A Festivus for the rest of us” includes traditions such as the “Airing of Grievances,” where each person at the event tells the others all the ways they’ve disappointed them over the past year, and “Feats of Strength,” where the head of household challenges another family member to a wrestling match.

The secular mock-holiday is based on Seinfeld writer Daniel O’Keefe’s own family tradition that extends back to 1966 (as detailed in his book, The Real Festivus).

A Google spokesperson contacted by EW.com said: “If you’re not big on the holidays, don’t forget there’s a Festivus for the rest of us. No tinsel, just a sturdy pole. Good luck if you’re chosen for the Feats of Strength.”

The egg was spotted yesterday by TechCrunch. With holiday specials like A Charlie Brown Christmas delivering big ratings, one wonders how annual Dec. 23 repeat of the Seinfeld‘s Festivus episode (“The Strike”) on NBC would do…

Kramer's comeback? Michael Richards cast in Kirstie Alley pilot

Kramer’s heading back to TV.

TV Land confirms to EW that Seinfeld star Michael Richards has been cast in the pilot of Giant Baby, a new sitcom starring Kirstie Alley. The pilot tapes next week. Richards hasn’t had a starring role on the small (or big) screen since 2000, when The Michael Richards Show came and went on NBC. (Blame that old Seinfeld curse, or the fact that the series wasn’t funny.) Of course, his career really hit a standstill in 2006, when a vulgar, belligerent clip of the comedian freely spouting the N-word at West Hollywood’s Laugh Factory hit TMZ.

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'Community': Jason Alexander to guest-star

By George, Costanza’s coming to Community! Or at least the actor playing him. Jason Alexander will guest-star in an upcoming episode of the NBC comedy. The network confirmed his appearance on Tuesday, though not with any details of his role. Earlier in the day, the Seinfeld vet tweeted: “Filming a crazy episode of COMMUNITY this week. Can’t say much about it but it’s a fun one.” READ FULL STORY

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