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Monday, August 31, 2009

Yada, yada, yada: EW dishes on "Seinfeld" reunion

News about the "Seinfeld" cast reuniting on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" should have us feeling as euphoric as Newman downing dish after dish of non-fat frozen yogurt. But like the portly mailman learned the hard way, reality often has a way of ruining things.

We don't have HBO anymore, so snippets and teasers of the "Seinfeld" reunion will have to carry us until the "Curb" Season 7 DVD set comes out (or we find someone who illegally downloads those bad boys ... not that there's anything wrong with waiting, ahem.)

Anyway, Entertainment Weekly is on top of the latest "Seinfeld" news with a full cover story (and wonderful "They're spectacular" tagline, at right) in this month's issue. Among the interesting bits revealed online at

* The "Curb" storyline, which starts in episode three, is sprinkled over five of the season’s 10 episodes as Larry David recruits the cast, then plans and tapes the big "Seinfeld" reunion (which "Curb" viewers will see in some fashion.) Plot details are thin, but EW reports that “Larry attempts to get (his estranged wife) Cheryl back, and the Seinfeld reunion figures prominently in that.”

* When David approached Seinfeld about a reunion plot, the show's namesake comedian wasn’t worried about tainting the legacy of his critically-revered show. “The idea of working with Larry was just too overwhelmingly appealing to me, and (Curb) is such a great show,” Seinfeld said. “There was a little part of me that said, ‘Do we really want to tamper?’... But to hell with it. How much damage can you really do?”

* "Curb" producers tracked down Jerry’s apartment and Monk’s coffee shop in a nearby warehouse. Some home improvements were required, including replacing Jerry’s apartment door, which Seinfeld had taken as a souvenir.

* Both Seinfeld and David agree that the "Curb" version of a "Seinfeld" reunion will be the only one viewers get. “As far as I’m concerned, we did do it, and in a better way than I ever imagined,” says Seinfeld. “This exceeded my expectations, so there’s no chance I would revisit it now.”

A Jerry-Newman face-off? The revenge of the Soup Nazi? Michael Richards beaten mercilessly by the Van Buren Boys for his racist tirade years ago? Until we snag a copy and share more on this blog, we pose the question to you, Channel Surfing readers: What do you want to see from the "Seinfeld" reunion?

The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly -- which also includes the "Seinfeld" gang's picks for their favorite show moments, and what David really thought of Seinfeld’s polarizing series finale -- is on newsstands now.

-- Thomas Rozwadowski,

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