A "Seinfeld" reunion is real and it is (probably) spectacular.
During a guest spot on the "Boomer & Carton" radio show Thursday morning, star and co-creator Jerry Seinfeld addressed speculation that a "Seinfeld" project was in the works – speculation fueled by comments he made in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" and a photo taken of him and "Seinfeld" co-star Jason Alexander walking into the show's iconic Tom's Restaurant.
Seinfeld didn't say much, but he dismissed rumors that the project was for a Super Bowl commercial or an episode of "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." He did confirm that something was filmed, that other "Seinfeld" characters were participating and that co-creator Larry David was involved but would not be on camera. He also said it was a "short-ish" form project and likely a "one-and-done" deal that would be coming "very, very soon."
The cast of "Seinfeld," which also includes Michael Richards and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, has reunited on screen previously for an episode of David's show "Curb Your Enthusiasm" that was crafted around a fake "Seinfeld" episode.
But there are many other ways that, in the 15 years since the show went off the air to an audience of 76.3 million, "Seinfeld" never truly left our consciousness. Here are just a few:
Since its series finale in 1998, Seinfeld has found new life in syndication, where it plays on local stations that cover 90 percent of the country as well as on TBS, which plays 20 episodes a week that average 1 million viewers each. It often ranks among ad-supported cable's top off-network sitcoms.
With its syndication deals renewed for a fifth time, the show's earnings since going off the air eclipsed $3 billion in April, or $17 million per each of its 180 episodes.
For some cast members, "Seinfeld" has been the peak of their careers. Alexander (who played George Costanza) has appeared in a number of movies and TV shows since, but his own show, "Listen Up!," ended after its first season. After playing Cosmo Kramer, Richards' own post-"Seinfeld" show, "The Michael Richards Show," never made it past the pilot stages, and the rest of his career has been tainted by his well-publicized racist outburst during a stand-up routine. Jerry Seinfeld continues to do stand-up and appears in TV and movies, but these days you're more likely to see the Seinfeld name when it's his wife freaking out about an Uber bill.
However, in a victory for petty and narcissistic women everywhere (or at least the brilliant comic actresses who play them), Louis-Dreyfus has seen her career blossom in the post-"Seinfeld" era, first with her five-season show "The New Adventures of Old Christine," and now with her Emmy-winning role on "Veep." Critics have noted that Louis-Dreyfus has been able to tap into her "Seinfeld" persona, Elaine Benes, to play the selfish and cunning Vice President Selina Meyer, who has been described as "a power-suited version of Elaine from 'Seinfeld.'"
Few sitcoms can say they have invented a holiday, and fewer still have had those holidays take on a life of their own after the show's finale. The celebration of Festivus, per the episode "The Strike," was created by George's father as a "Festivus for the rest of us" and includes an aluminum pole, the airing of grievances and the feats of strength.
"Seinfeld" fans now throw their own Festivus parties. Festivus also has been embraced by the political community, with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., raising money off of it and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., using it as an excuse to air his own grievances about recently passed legislation. There were also the Festivus poles erected in the state capitols in Wisconsin and Florida in order to make a point about religious freedom, drawing their own conservative backlash.On Twitter
Like almost every other pop-culture artifact, "Seinfeld" has inspired a parody Twitter account. Modern Seinfeld (@SeinfeldToday) tweets 140-character pitches for contemporary "Seinfeld" plotlines if the show was still on the air. For example:
Kramer is addicted to Candy Crush, but suspects one of the levels is impossible to beat. "They're modern day carnies, Jerry! It's a con!"— Modern Seinfeld (@SeinfeldToday) July 28, 2013
George is briefly implicated in the latest Anthony Weiner scandal because his OKCupid handle is Carlos Danger.— Modern Seinfeld (@SeinfeldToday) July 24, 2013
Kramer fights with an Apple Genius. Elaine dates a hot subway conductor. Jerry gets an offer to "ghost tweet" the Kelloggs feed.— Modern Seinfeld (@SeinfeldToday) December 10, 2012
As far as parody accounts go, @SeinfeldToday is one of the better ones, with 648,000 followers. However, David told ESPN's "The Michael Kay Show" he wasn't impressed.
"I can guarantee you that show would not get on the air. That does not pass the funny test," he said of one of the account's Tweets.