Julia Louis-Dreyfus recently said interview with rolling stone that the media invented the “Seinfeld curse”, a term used to describe the perceived lack of success for “Seinfeld” stars Jerry Seinfeld, Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards and Jason Alexander after the end of the iconic NBC sitcom i went.
Louis-Dreyfus said, “I think any time a project ends, it's disappointing to me.” “And that's true of movies and tv shows. When you're working hard on a project you believe in, and when the circus leaves town, it's a huge focus and camaraderie There is a real sense of sadness to me. ‘Where have all my friends gone?' ‘Where's my friend?'”
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When Rolling Stone picked up on the curse, Louis-Dreyfus said: “It was invented by the media. They thought it was clever. You don't need to prove it wrong, it was ridiculous! It didn't make any sense.” I was amazed it had legs, because it was so silly. I don't know how else to say it!
The curse originated after the cast members failed several post-“Seinfeld” sitcoms. Richards' “The Michael Richards Show” lasted only eight episodes on NBC, while Alexander's ABC sitcom “Bob Patterson” and CBS sitcom “Listen Up!” Both lasted only one season. Louis-Dreyfus's NBC comedy “Watching Alley” fared little better, lasting two seasons before being canceled for low ratings.
It was the success of Louis-Dreyfus's “The New Adventures of Old Christine” that led many to believe that the curse had been broken. The CBS sitcom ran for five seasons and won a Louis-Dreyfus Emmy in 2006. Louis-Dreyfus earned six more Emmys for her performance on HBO's beloved political satire “Veep.”
“Seinfeld” co-creator Larry David had long blasted the idea of a curse, once stating esquire magazine: “Are you crazy? It's so annoying to hear something like that. There was no cursing. This is madness. So there were two TV shows that were attempted that didn't work? Big deal. How many TV shows go on?… A curse? It's so absurd. It's the most stupid notion.
All episodes of ‘Seinfeld' are now streaming on Netflix.
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