With two shows already on the air and more on the way, John O'Hurley would be the last person to acknowledge a curse on the alumni of Seinfeld. However, the actor who forever will be remembered for his sitcom parody of kooky real-life catalog mogul J. Peterman does believe that, where his former cohorts are concerned, some funny business is going on.
"Studios tend to grab players that have a lot of visibility and write a series about them," the host of To Tell the Truth and Get Golf with the PGA Tour! tells TV Guide Online. "That's never been a formula for success, yet [execs] consider themselves experts and continue to do this. I find it absolutely mind-numbing."
Nonetheless, O'Hurley holds out hope that ex-Peterman protégé Julia Louis-Dreyfus will beat the odds with her comeback vehicle, Watching Ellie. "Out of all the [Seinfeld regulars], she'd be my pick as the one that you could build a series around," he theorizes, "because she's pretty malleable. Look at Caroline in the City and Suddenly Susan television seems to love women like her who can be all things."
Although Dreyfus has yet to invite her old pal to guest star on her new program "Nobody ever comes beating at my door," O'Hurley laughs the onetime ad man continues to reap the rewards of his association with Seinfeld and, in particular, with Peterman. "I am now part owner of the company," he reveals. "[My counterpart and I] resurrected it, and it's doing extremely well."So, of course, he can't help but scoff at the idea of a Seinfeld jinx in part, it's Jerry's high jinks that are keeping his catalog biz in the black. "In the four years that I was there, NBC [estimated that Peterman received] $850 million of free publicity. And now we are benefited by the fact that Seinfeld is seen in 85 countries. So," he concludes, "television is very much a friend."