Thursday, April 18, 2024

Seinfeld’s “Marriage Ref,” Vanished in March, Now Set for June 26th


I told you in November that episodes of Jerry Seinfeld’s “The Marriage Ref” had been taped for a second season. I told you then that Regis Philbin, Tracy Morgan, and Susie Essman had taped episodes. Then “The Marriage Ref” went on NBC’s schedule for March 6th. It never aired, and no one ever explained what happened. Now comes word that the show, hosted by Tom Papa, will return on June 26th. Maybe. Who knows? As I reported in November, at least Regis and Tracy are in the first episode. Was this the one taped in November? That’s a long time ago. But classic comedy is timeless. According to a press release, Julianne Moore, Ricky Gervais, Kathy Griffin, Ellen Pompeo, Joel McHale, Rachel Ray, Bill Maher, Patti LaBelle, Seth Meyers, Judah Friedlander, and Ali Wentworth are all scheduled to make appearances. Remember this show is about those guests and not the daffy real life couples. I still refer to the Larry David, Madonna, Ricky Gervais show as moment of actual brilliance. Let’s hope lightning strikes again.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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