Facts From a TV Junkie: 'Seinfeld'

Hello all! Chances are if you're reading this it means you, much like myself, are addicted to TV. You just can't ever get enough of that small screen action! Well, I'm here to tell you that I feel your pain and would like to help you in your noble quest for TV knowledge, which is why I've taken it upon myself to create this fun, weekly feature. Every week, I will dig up new and interesting facts about a show and share them with you right here. So sit back, relax, and let the trivia madness commence!

This week, I thought it would be fun to look into the one and only 'Seinfeld.' From Festivus to sponge worthiness, this series became a master of our domain and proved that a show about nothing, could actually turn into quite an important something. The show wasn't just great, it was spectacular and we couldn't be more grateful for it. But enough of this yada, yada, yada talk — here's a few things you may not have known about this little comedic gem. Giddyup!

Did You Know:

1. 'Seinfeld' was originally supposed to be a 90-minute mockumentary.

Seinfeld cast

Initially titled, 'Stand Up,' the parody was to center around a stand-up comedian who writes his jokes based on his everyday life and air in place of 'Saturday Night Live' for only one evening. However, NBC liked the script so much that they decided to develop it into a pilot instead.

2. In real life, Jason Alexander does not wear glasses.

Jason Alexander in Seinfeld

Yes, believe it or not, the glasses he wore as George Costanza are simply props and nothing more. Sure, it's a small detail, but it's also a huge part of what made George...well...George. It's hard to imagine him not wearing glasses whether it be on or off the screen.

3. Larry David famously instituted a policy of "no hugging, no learning" on the set.

Larry David

This meant that the show always had to avoid sentimentality and moral lessons. Additionally, the characters were never supposed to learn or grow from their wrongdoings. Which, let's face it, is a big part of what made the series so unique.

4. The costume department always gave Michael Richards (Kramer) clothes that were one size too large.

Jason Alexander and Michael Richards

This was to help make his character appear laid-back and loose. Similarly, they gave Jason Alexander clothes that were one size too small as a way to make George look uncool. I'd say, mission accomplished!

5. Jerry Seinfeld turned down NBC's proposal for a tenth season of the show.

Jerry Seinfeld

Had he said yes, it would've made him a $110 million profit. (Must be nice to be able to turn down that kind of money, amirite?) But his decision had nothing to do with the money. Seinfeld was inspired to end the show after nine seasons based on The Beatles, who broke up after nine years together. (Now the only real question left is to ponder which 'Seinfeld' character would be which Beatles member. Would Jerry be Paul in this scenario?)

6. Lee Garlington was originally supposed to be a member of the cast.

Lee Garlington in Seinfeld

She was introduced in the pilot episode as Claire, the coffee shop waitress who was intended to become known for giving Jerry and George friendly advice. However, when the show was picked up, her character ended up getting dropped.

7. Danny DeVito was considered for the role of George.

Danny DeVito

I mean, he definitely seems to fit the part and undoubtly he would've been amazing at it. But it's hard for me to picture anyone other than Jason Alexander. His portrayal was just so spot on. Other actors who were considered for the role include Nathan Lane, David Alan Grier, Larry Miller, Kevin Dunn, and Brad Hall.

8. Director Steven Spielberg is a huge fan of 'Seinfeld.'

Steven Spielberg

In fact, he once commented that while filming 'Schindler's List,' he became so depressed that he would watch several episodes of the show to help cheer himself up. I mean, is there any greater compliment? When you've got the Spielberg stamp of approval, you know you're a huge success.

9. Larry Hankin was considered for the role of Kramer.

Larry Hankin in Seinfeld

And even though he didn't end up getting the part, Hankin appeared later on in the show to play a fake Kramer in the show within the show during the episode called "The Pilot." He was absolutely hilarious in this role, however, many 'Frends' fans will remember him as Monica and Rachel's disgruntled downstairs neighbor, Mr. Heckles.

10. Jason Alexander originally based his portrayal of George on Woody Allen.

Woody Allen

However, when he realized that George's character was actually based on Larry David, he began basing his performance on David's mannerisms. You know what they say — imitation is the greatest form of flattery.

11. Furthermore, even though George is modeled after David, the character's name is a reference to Seinfeld's real life friend, Mike Costanza.

Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld

Unfortunately, Costanza didn't appreciate the sentiment and later sued Seinfeld, David, and NBC for $100 million, claiming invasion of privacy and defamation of character. The case was eventually dismissed.

12. Rose O'Donnell auditioned for the role of Elaine.

Rosie O'Donnell

As did Patricia Heaton, Mariska Hargitay, Jessica Lundy, Amy Yasbeck, and Megan Mullally. Is there anyone you'd prefer over Julia Louis-Dreyfus? (The correct answer is no, in case you were wondering.)

13. Before 'Seinfeld,' Michael Richards auditioned for the role of Al Bundy in 'Married with Children.'

Married With Children cast

He even received a callback and was a close consideration for the part, which eventually ended up going to Ed O'Neill. Their loss was 'Seinfeld's (and our) gain.

14. To further increase hype of the show's series finale, producers spread false rumors about the ending.

Wayne Knight in Seinfeld

This included scenarios such as Newman dying and Elaine and Jerry getting married — neither of which actually ended up happening.

I hope you enjoyed this week's installment of Facts From a TV Junkie. Check back next week for another fix!

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Written by: Kelly_Schremph
Dec 23rd, 2013, 1:44 am

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Message Posted On Dec 23rd, 2013, 5:43 am
Nice 'facts' all except 8. I'm sure lots of celebrities watched the show as it was publicly aired. Why single out one? Especially as this only involvement was just watching. No.15 I watched the show. it made me laugh.

Message Posted On Dec 23rd, 2013, 4:55 am
Seinfeld was about the Jewish experience. Previously television covered the Black, Italian, and Irish experience. Jews were rarely, if ever mentioned. Seinfeld opened that door and thus we see much more public Judaism on modern television today.But, Seinfeld was Jews stripped of religion.Nothing offensive to the religions of the viewing public at the time.
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