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NBC exec says there's no time to nurture TV shows anymore. Is she right?

Back in 1991, 9.7 percent of television households watched George Costanza embarrass himself via answering machine on Feb. 13, when the fourth episode of Seinfeld’s second season aired. By today’s standards, that number — and the 13 million viewers that came with it — would make Seinfeld the most-watched show on TV. Even Sunday Night Football, last season’s biggest eyeball-grabber, earned a rating of just 8.2 — two full points above the season’s second place show, CBS’s The Big Bang Theory.

But before the days of DVRs, increased cable competition, and the vast wilds of the Internet, a 9.7 rating wasn’t so impressive — especially coming after weeks of dwindling viewership. NBC would have been within its rights to can the show then and there. Instead, the network chose to hold onto Seinfeld — after putting it on a two-month hiatus.

The rest, of course, is history. Barring a few dips here and there, Seinfeld returned stronger than ever, racking up ratings as well as Emmy nominations. By season 5, it was the third-most watched show on television; by season 6 it was number one.

The Seinfeld story should be a comfort to any showrunner with a beloved but under-watched program. Unfortunately, according to NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke, it’s a trajectory that’s just not possible anymore. “With deteriorating ratings the tolerance for a show that’s struggling is just shorter than it’s ever been,” she told TV critics at TCA over the weekend. “So it’s frustrating for all of us that you can’t take the time to nurture a show and grow the audience as much as you might want to.”
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On the scene at the 2013 Webby Awards: What you didn't see at home

The Webby Awards aren’t the world’s shortest award ceremony — including a dinner break, the ceremony takes the standard three hours — but they feel like it. Part of that is the famous five-word limit on acceptance speeches (like Humans of New York’s Brandon Stanton: “Still can’t pay my rent”); part of it is just how fast everyone moves. At last night’s 17th annual ceremony, host Patton Oswalt was a speedy presence, which is why (I assume) he felt the need to jokingly remind us that, no really, he’s out of shape.

The atmosphere inside the Cipriani’s cavernous Wall Street ballroom was decidedly different than it was for anyone streaming the show at home: All the funniest jokes didn’t get the best reactions, Frank Ocean baffled most of the room, and The Onion guys were maybe a little rude?

Here’s what you didn’t see this year…

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Jerry Seinfeld does five minutes of new standup on 'Leno' -- VIDEO

If we can’t have real, live episodes of Modern Seinfeld, at least we’ve got the next best thing: Actual standup from the man himself. Seinfeld stopped by The Tonight Show last night, as he is wont to do, and performed a few minutes of a new routine about how “food is over.” It’s not his best material, but there are a few solid laughs about Pop-Tarts and how gross breakfast was in the ’60s — and best of all, a handful of lines sound like they came straight from Fake Jerry’s mouth. (“Why does cake have frosting? You’re already cake! Take it easy!”)

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Who’s your fictional valentine this year?

Happy Valentine’s Day, PopWatchers!

In honor of the day of love (or a manufactured holiday of corporate greed) I got to thinking about fictional characters I’m in love with. Ask any of my friends, and they’ll tell you the list is pretty long. I can’t help it! Whether I’m swooning over The OC reruns and wondering where Seth Cohen was for me in high school, or contemplating whether I’d be willing to live in the 1920s if it meant Matthew Crawley could be my boyfriend (yes), if there’s a charming guy on television, I’ve probably wanted to to marry him at some point. Danny from The Mindy Project? Been there. Jim Halpert? Welcome to my 2005. This Valentine’s Day, I’m choosing not to narrow it down any further when it comes to fictional boyfriends. It’s a four-way tie! This (fake) holiday is the best.

Check out some staffers’ picks for their fictional valentines below, and then be sure to tell us what character you’re secretly hoping to have some chocolates delivered from today. READ FULL STORY

'Modern Seinfeld' Twitter account imagines Jerry and co. in the digital age

It’s a show about nothing… and the Internet!

Our new favorite Twitter feed is Modern Seinfeld, an account that posts loglines for imaginary, 21st century-appropriate episodes of the classic Must-See TV sitcom. The joke works because it’s not just a matter of name-dropping Reddit and Grindr — whoever runs this feed clearly knows a lot about the show, and uses that knowledge to perfectly match each of Seinfeld‘s core four with the modern phenomena that would fascinate and vex them. (Of course George would go nuts “trying to decipher the fact that a pretty woman ‘liked’ his Facebook status.”) Take note, budding young Larry Davids: This is what your pilot should look like.

Though it first tweeted only about 19 hours ago, Modern Seinfeld has already racked up over 13,000 followers as of this post’s publication. Here are a few of the feed’s best tweets:

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Jerry Seinfeld kicks off NYC tour dates: How did he do?

“There’s no information here I’m going to pass along of any value,” Jerry Seinfeld told the sold-out audience at Manhattan’s Beacon Theater tonight during the first of his five-borough-of NYC mini-tour (Thursdays through October and November).  Of course not, Jerry. We knew that coming into this show. You’re all about nothing, yada yada yada. What we didn’t know was how old school (emphasis on the old) Seinfeld would seem during his 70 or so minutes of stand-up. READ FULL STORY

Jerry Seinfeld and Michael Richards reunite for 'Coffee,' discuss comedy club incident -- VIDEO

It’s impossible to watch Jerry Seinfeld and Michael Richards together without recalling their Seinfeld characters. But in the season finale of Seinfeld’s web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, the pair were more somber during their reunion than we remember their sitcom counterparts.

The episode started off on a light note, with Seinfeld driving to pick up his former on-screen neighbor in a rusted “dove blue” VW. Richards questioned Seinfeld’s new-found coffee obsession: “What is that coffee, liquor, money? Is that your life now?” he asked.

Once they reach their destination, Richards got philosophical. He told an anecdote about playing chess with a homeless savante and discussed the “great universality” of Kramer’s soul before addressing his controversial 2006 rant when he used racial epithets. “I should have been working selflessly that evening,” he said. “I blew it in the comedy club. … I lashed out in anger.” Richards said he hasn’t been able to perform since that incident which “still kicks him around a bit” inside.

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Jerry Seinfeld and Michael Richards reunite for season finale of 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee'

Jerry Seinfeld and his Seinfeld co-star Michael Richards (who played Kramer on the show) are out there and lovin’ every minute of getting coffee for the season one finale of Seinfeld’s aptly titled online show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. In the episode, Richards, who has steered clear of the public eye since making off-putting remarks during a Laugh Factory performance in 2006, and Seinfeld discuss Sugar Ray Leonard, Charles Manson, Jay Mohr, and Seinfeld’s dog as they drive to a lunch date in an old VW truck. I only wish they were headed to Monk’s Cafe. Richards’ wit is as sharp as ever, as evidenced by the episode’s preview (“Don’t invite little girls over to the table, Jerry.”).

Past guests on Seinfeld’s second show “about nothing” have included Larry David, Ricky Gervais, Carl Reiner, Alec Baldwin, and Mel Brooks. Hopefully we’ll see appearances by Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jason Alexander next season. But the ultimate comedian to grab coffee with would definitely have to be Woody Allen. We’d love to hear his musings on life, death, and French roast.

The finale will air tonight at 9 p.m. EST on the show’s site.

Read more:
Jerry Seinfeld’s ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee': Larry David likes his tea, dammit! — VIDEO
‘Seinfeld’ star Wayne Knight will play Santa in musical ‘Elf’
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'Seinfeld' star Wayne Knight will play Santa in musical 'Elf'

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Wayne Knight, who played Jerry Seinfeld’s nemesis Newman on Seinfeld, will have some big, red pants to fill this November when he steps in as Santa in the Broadway musical Elf. The Exes star will assume the role originally played by George Wendt in the 2010 production based on Will Ferrell’s 2003 movie. Tony award winner Beth Leavel, Mark Jacoby, Valerie Wright, and Adam Heller will reprise their roles as Emily, Walter, Deb, and Mr. Greenway, respectively, and Casey Nicholaw returns to direct and choreograph.

The title character Buddy hasn’t been cast yet. May we suggest Michael Richards? If he could play a “Communist” mall Santa on Seinfeld, he can certainly pull off an elf. He may be too old for the role, but come on, we’re begg’n ya!

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'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee': Seinfeld taking Monk's Cafe on the road?

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There was a time, at the beginning of Seinfeld‘s run, that the show was dismissed for being about nothing. (To their credit, the show’s writers ran with that criticism, building an entire arc around the idea.) For Jerry Seinfeld’s next project, though, he’s flirting with similar existential nothingness. Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is a web series that will run on Crackle beginning on July 19. In it, Seinfeld drives his funny friends around in fancy cars. To get coffee.

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