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Larry David and Bill Simmons Talk 'Seinfeld,' 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' and Series Finales

"I think the thing about finales is everybody writes their own finale in their head, whereas if they just tune in during the week to a normal show, they’re surprised by what's going on. They haven't written it beforehand, they don't know what the show is. But for a finale, they go, 'Oh, well this should happen to George, and Jerry and Elaine should get together,' and all that. They've already written it, and often they're disappointed, because it's not what they wrote."

- Larry David looks back on the mixed response to the Seinfeld series finale and more in a new interview with Bill Simmons.

Kramer's Original First Name Was "Conrad," and More from 'Seinfeld's Lost Episode

Screen Crush has a piece out today diving deep into a lost 1990 episode of Seinfeld, titled "The Bet," that was canceled during the rehearsal process due to being too controversial. The existence of the dark season two episode, in which Elaine buys a gun to defend herself, has been public knowledge for years, but Screen Crush's feature includes some new details and an interview with the episode's writer Larry Charles and director Tom Cherones.

Charles reveals that he had written Kramer's first name into the script for the first time and that it was Conrad, not Cosmo as it was later revealed in a season six episode. Here's Charles explaining:

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Jerry, George, and Newman Have 'Seinfeld' Reunion in Super Bowl Ad

It turns out that Jerry Seinfeld and Jason Alexander's visit to Tom's Restaurant a few weeks ago was not a Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee episode or a Super Bowl commercial — it was a both. In the ad, Jerry and George squabble over the point of the mumble and George's not so great reputation as a Super Bowl party guest, then get interrupted by the one and only Newman. You can watch the full Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee episode with Jerry and Jason in character over on the Crackle website.

Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, and Larry David Were Filming Something at the Restaurant from 'Seinfeld' This Week

Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David, and Jason Alexander were all spotted at Tom's Restaurant, the Manhattan diner used frequently as "Monk's Café" on their sitcom Seinfeld, on Monday. NY Daily News reports that cameras were shooting them inside and outside the restaurant and that production workers said the three were working on a Super Bowl commercial. There's no word on who the commercial is for or if Michael Richards or Julia Louis-Dreyfus are involved, but I guess we'll all see on Super Bowl Sunday.

During a Reddit AMA last week, Jerry Seinfeld teased people, saying that he and Larry David "wrote this script for this thing that you will eventually [...]

Jerry Seinfeld Talks About What the 'Seinfeld' Gang Is Up to Now

The Hollywood Reporter just put out their Emmys portfolio featuring interviews with a bunch of people like Tina Fey, Mitch Hurwitz, and Hank Azaria. Here's one with Jerry Seinfeld, who's nominated for his web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, in which he talks (at the end) about what the Seinfeld characters would be up to now. "It's never going to happen," he says about a reunion special (although the gang did a faux-Seinfeld reunion as a Curb Your Enthusiasm story arc in 2009). On the characters' lives in 2013, Seinfeld says, "They're gonna be somewhat dysfunctional, as we remember them. I imagine there'll be some kids, some [...]

Here Are Episodes of 'Seinfeld,' 'Friends,' and 'The Big Bang Theory' with All the Jokes Removed

Taking inspiration from a recent clip of Family Feud edited to only include actual gameplay, a Reddit user recently edited out all the jokes from episodes of Seinfeld, Friends, and The Big Bang Theory, and the result is an interesting glimpse at how all three sitcoms approach plot, punchlines, and the relationship between the two. Unsurprisingly, the Seinfeld episode clip from "The Junior Mint" is the longest at 3:02 (and still manages to be pretty funny) while The Big Bang Theory couldn't even make it to the 1:30 mark. Click through for the other two clips.

'Seinfeld' Writer Carol Leifer Shares a Discarded Episode Idea

"At the time, fanny packs were really popular, and I remember wearing my fanny pack under a t-shirt one day, and wherever I went people were exceedingly nice, letting me go in front of them in line, letting me go first wherever I was, and then I realized at the end of the day my giant fanny pack under my t-shirt made me look pregnant! So I always thought it would be a great Elaine story if she started to use that, the fanny pack, as a way to make her day in New York a lot less taxing, you know – getting the first taxi because she looked pregnant, [...]

Jerry Seinfeld Confirms a 'Seinfeld' Reunion Is Happening "Very, Very Soon"

So it's not a Super Bowl commercial, it's not a Broadway play, and it's not a Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee episode, but whatever Jerry Seinfeld was up to with Jason Alexander and Larry David two weeks ago was definitely a Seinfeld reunion-related affair. According to Variety, Seinfeld confirmed the reunion on the "Boomer & Carton" radio show this morning but wasn't budging on the details, except for describing the project as "short-ish form" and a "one-and-done" thing involving Larry David and his former Seinfeld cast mates that will be available somewhere sometime "very, very soon." It seems safe to assume that the reunion will in fact [...]

Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David Are Writing a Mysterious New Project Together

Jerry Seinfeld did a Reddit AMA today to promote the third season of his web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and he dropped some hints about a new project he's working on with Larry David. "We wrote this script for this thing that you will eventually see but I can't reveal what it is at this time," Seinfeld teased. "All I can do is tell you is that it's big, huge, gigantic."

The last big project Seinfeld and David did together was Seinfeld playing himself in a Curb Your Enthusiasm arc about a Seinfeld reunion, but that was entirely written by David. Whatever this new project [...]

'The Onion' Has a Great Piece Mocking Billboards for 'Seinfeld' Reruns

It's strange that there are so many billboards for Seinfeld syndicated airings in big cities in 2013, and The Onion has a great article about the phenomenon today called "Billboard Alerts Drivers To Existence Of Situational Comedy Starring Stand-Up Comedian Jerry Seinfeld." Here's the best part:

"[The ad] reportedly features Seinfeld pictured with a bespectacled, balding man, a dark-haired woman, and a second taller and more frazzled-looking man, all of whom are hugging one another, leading many to conclude that these individuals are also characters in the show and may be part of Jerry Seinfeld’s fictional family, the Seinfelds."

Sketch Anatomy: Andy Cowan Explains the Origins of 'Seinfeld's "The Opposite"

Welcome to our column Sketch Anatomy, where we ask some of our favorite television writers to choose any sketch — one they personally wrote or one from history they find particularly hilarious, notable, or underappreciated — to learn from a writer's perspective what separates a successful sketch from the rest.

For this week's Sketch Anatomy, we're breaking the rules a little to go behind the scenes of a classic '90s sitcom episode with Andy Cowan, former writer for Cheers and 3rd Rock from the Sun and the mind behind the acclaimed 1994 Seinfeld episode "The Opposite." Ranked at #1 in our own list of every Seinfeld episode, [...]

'The New York Times' Says Jerry Seinfeld Is Failing to Pay It Forward

"Mr. Seinfeld, more than most, could use his show to give a platform to comics needing discovery. Instead, he packs it with fellow stars. They reminisce together about the days when they were nobodies and given glorious breaks, and seem almost unaware that there are nobodies today who could benefit from breaks of that very kind."

- The New York Times in a new piece comparing the "everyman scrutiny" of Seinfeld to the comedian's web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, which has drawn criticism for its lack of guest diversity.

'Seinfeld' Writer/Producer Peter Mehlman Gives TV Writing Advice

"Laughter is such a strong spice, it’s hard to taste anything else. If you write something funny enough, you can get away with murder."

- Former Seinfeld writer/producer Peter Mehlman wrote a piece for this month's Reader's Digest Magazine called "How to Write a TV Show," and it's full of Seinfeld anecdotes and great advice for aspiring comedy writers.

Jeff Schaffer, Writer for 'Seinfeld', 'Curb', and More Explains How He Writes Comedy

"I learned how to write comedy from Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld and it was all about structure. Structure, structure, structure. A Seinfeld episode and a Curb episode and a League episode are all written the exact same way."

-The League co-creator Jeff Schaffer, who's previously written for Seinfeld, Curb, and Sacha Baron Cohen's movies, in a detailed interview with Fast Company about his writing process.