CBS has announced they have canceled “The New Adventures of Old Christine.” Yes, I can hardly believe the news either—“The New Adventure of Old Christine” was still on the air this season? It’s fifth? Really? So it will probably go into syndication and make Julia Louis-Dreyfuss even more money? And she won an Emmy? Huh. I might need to watch more television not aimed at my gender, age, tastes, or sense of humor.
While the continued existence of this show was perhaps not exactly well publicized by CBS, what is no secret is the “Seinfeld Curse.” “Watching Ellie,” “Bob Patterson,” and “Listen Up!,” and “The Michael Richards Show” were all supposed to be break-out hits based upon America’s love affair with the cast of “Seinfeld.” But each of these shows, one worse than the other, failed because of the ridiculous expectations placed upon their stars. And honestly, a sitcom based on a daily, timely talk-show and airing on a different network?
You might be tempted to say that nobody from “Seinfeld” sits prettier today or offers more evidence that there is no “Seinfeld Curse” than Larry David. There he is, sitting on top of the world with his hit HBO series “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and starring in Woody Allen movies. Wait, Whatever Works? Even Leitch was disappointed; politely, of course. At least Larry left “Seinfeld” before gimmicks like “The Apology” “The Betrayal” and the inevitable let-down of the show’s finale. Wait, he wrote that? Yikes. Moving on.
Let me revise: nobody from “Seinfeld” is sitting prettier than Bob Balaban. Not only did he speak French with François Truffaut while wearing an epic beard before “Seinfeld” in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, but he joined up with Christopher Guest’s comedy troupe and has been part of Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration. You sir, you Mr. Bob Balaban, you have shown the world that there is no “Seinfeld Curse.”
I don’t really have to talk about “The Marriage Ref” do I?