Jerry Seinfeld Returns to NBC with Reality Series
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Jerry Seinfeld is partnering with NBC for a new reality series, a network spokesman confirmed to TVGuide.com. The project, tentatively titled The Marriage Ref, will feature celebrities, athletes and comedians, who will judge couples in marital disputes and recommend resolutions to their problems.
The show marks Seinfeld's first series since his eponymous sitcom ended in 1998. Seinfeld's role will be behind the camera as creator and executive producer. It's unclear if he will make on-screen appearances, but given the celebrity nature of the show, it's possible.
Seinfeld and NBC exec Ben Silverman pitched the show as a companion piece to the successful sitcom. Whereas Seinfeld was inspired by the comedian's bachelor years, the new series stems from his years as a married man.
"This is not a therapy show, it's a comedy show," Seinfeld said in a statement. "After nine years of marriage, I have discovered that the comedic potential of this subject is quite rich."
Seinfeld is partnering with Ellen Rakieten, a 23-year veteran of The Oprah Winfrey Show. Six one-hour episodes have been ordered and are expected to premiere in the fall.
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