Jerry Seinfeld has come up with a truly asinine reality TV show. And for something to be asinine for reality TV is really saying something. But he’s managed to do it, with a pointless show about couples who are going through problems in their marriage. The show will feature guests celebrity judges/commentators, who will advise the couples on how to handle their troubles.
Jerry Seinfeld is reteaming with NBC to launch his first reality series. The comedian’s project is tentatively called “The Marriage Ref” and features celebrities, comedians and athletes who will judge couples in the midst of marital disputes while recommending various strategies to resolve their problems.
“Some of the greatest comedies in the history of television have been around marriages,” [NBC co-chair Ben] Silverman said. “The concept is so universal and accessible, and obviously it works so well when it comes from somebody with a point of view — and nobody has a stronger point of view on this subject than Seinfeld.” Six one-hour episodes have been ordered for a planned fall release.
Seinfeld’s role is behind the camera as an executive producer and creator, but given the show’s celebrity-guest format, it’s not too difficult to imagine an occasional on-camera appearance. Executive producer Rakieten said Seinfeld’s voice will be evident in the show’s commentaries. “Every single person in a relationship can completely relate to this show,” Rakieten said. “We all have the same fights, and there’s a bottomless well of content.”
Added Seinfeld: “This is not a therapy show, it’s a comedy show. After nine years of marriage, I have discovered that the comedic potential of this subject is quite rich.”
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Interesting that Seinfeld thinks he knows so much about marriage and relationships that he should create and produce a show advising people about them. Considering he met his wife Jessica while she was on her honeymoon with her first husband. Quite the tawdry beginning. I wonder if he’ll advise couples to seduce newly married folks?
Ever since the whole scandal with Jessica Seinfeld copying another writer’s cookbook – and the terrible way Jerry Seinfeld handled the situation (name calling, mocking on Letterman, etc), I haven’t been able to stand him. The show sounds stupid regardless, and I can’t say I wish the guy much luck.
Here’s Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld at Vanity Fair’s the Academy Awards party on Sunday. Images thanks to WENN.com.