February 26, 2009
Seinfeld producing new NBC reality show
NBC Thursday announced plans to air a new comedy-reality series created by U.S. comedian and producer Jerry Seinfeld's Columbus 81 Productions.
Seinfeld has partnered with Ellen Rakieten, a 23-year veteran of
The Oprah Winfrey Show, on the project, which is tentatively titled
The Marriage Ref.
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, Seinfeld said in a statement.
It will be revealing, edgy, controversial and very, very funny. Picture well-known people weighing in on a couple's relationship issues -- and deciding who is right and who is wrong -- right on the spot, like a referee, added Rakieten.
Paul Telegdy, executive vice president of alternative programming for NBC and Universal Media Studios, noted:
While 'Seinfeld' was a hilarious look at single life, this new show will focus on the humor of relationships and marriage. It's a great fit with the slate of alternative comedy we are building at NBC.