Jerry Seinfeld, <EM>Bee Movie</EM> Jerry Seinfeld, Bee Movie

TV Guide caught up with Jerry Seinfeld in the middle of all the buzz about his latest release, Bee Movie, hitting theaters today.

TV Guide: Are you psyched that your animated film, Bee Movie, is finally coming to a theater near us?
Jerry Seinfeld:
This was a big life experience for me — and it's been going on for four years. I didn't plan it that way. I thought I was just going to write it and give it to DreamWorks and they would make it. But then I got involved in how it got made, and it just went on down the wormhole.

TV Guide: I don't think anyone expected that your next project would be an animated movie about bees….
Seinfeld:
The fact that it was something different really attracted me. All new toys, all new clay to play with, all new tech­nology. It sort of woke me up. It's like the biggest puppet show in the world.

TV Guide: What do you watch on TV nowadays?
Seinfeld:
Eh, not much. I was a big Sopranos fan. I want to see Mad Men. But I'm really down to news and baseball.

TV Guide: It's funny how so many people who work in TV say that they don't watch TV, isn't it?
Seinfeld:
Well, they don't make as much TV that's narrative fiction. Besides, I think the best TV comes out of people who don't like TV. That was certainly our inspiration when we made Seinfeld.

TV Guide: Why is it that as people get older, they watch more news?
Seinfeld:
[Laughs] It's probably that as you get older, you understand what they're talk­ing about. News is, in a sense, history in miniature. And fiction is always a lame attempt to be as interesting as history. But it's not as fascinating as the real world.

TV Guide: Are you nostalgic about sit­com life?
Seinfeld:
I am about my own.

TV Guide: Are there any current sitcoms that you like?
Seinfeld:
Knocked Up. It was a movie, of course, but it felt like a fresh new sitcom in terms of tone and the kind of reality characters should have now. It felt very on-target to me.

TV Guide: Do you think the traditional three-camera, live-audience sitcom format is gone now, or just out of vogue?
Seinfeld:
I'd say it's gone. And, not to be immodest, I think you've got to do a show better than mine to really capture the audience. 'Cause every show has to leap­frog. You know, Cheers had to leapfrog The Cosby Show, we had to leapfrog Cheers….

TV Guide: Do you ever think of going back to TV?
Seinfeld:
No. I don't even think I could do it half as well again. That was a miracle.

TV Guide: With all your success, do you find it difficult to muster the ambition to do new projects?
Seinfeld:
Yes. Because my tolerance level is so low.

TV Guide: Tolerance for?
Seinfeld:
Anything. You name it, I can't stand it. I'm very lucky that my real profession is stand-up comedy, because it's just you in front of a group of people. There's no BS.

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