The Seinfeld Phenomenon: Next on TVC

TV historian and entertainment writer Jennifer Armstrong pays a return visit on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio,

Once described as a show that blurred between reality and fiction beyond convention, Seinfeld was a bona fide cultural sensation that not only drew heavily from the idiosyncrasies of everyday ordinary life, but bled into the real world, altering the lives of everyone it touched in ways no one could have imagined.

We’ll talk about Seinfeld and more when Jennifer Armstrong joins us in our second hour. Jennifer’s latest book, Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything, not only walks you through the origins of Seinfeld (and how it barely got on the air), but provides an inside-the-writers-room perspective on how many of the show’s most infamous storylines and catchphrases came to be. We’ll talk about why NBC was worried about “The Chinese Restaurant,” but surprisingly had no qualms about “The Contest.” We’ll also get some insight into who Larry David is (both as a person and as a showrunner), and why Curb Your Enthusiasm is, in some ways, even better than Seinfeld; get the inside scoop on the fierce Twitter rivalry between @SeinfeldToday and @Seinfeld2000; and see how Larry Thomas, the actor played the Soup Nazi, best embodies the phenomenon that Jennifer that defines as Seinfeldia more than anyone (or anything) else.

Our first hour will include a tribute to Ann Morgan Guilbert (The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Nanny), plus an expanded DVD report on three popular shows from the ’60s and ’70s.

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