Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who played Elaine in the popular ’90s sitcom Seinfeld, was surprised to hear about a potential reboot. “Yeah, I just saw [that news] last night,” she told The Guardian, referencing comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s recent comments about reviving the show. “And I don’t know what the hell he’s talking about,” she added.
On October 7, Jerry Seinfeld told the audience at a stand-up gig that he “has a little secret” about the finale of his self-titled comedy. “Something is going to happen that has to do with that ending,” he told the Boston crowd. “It hasn’t happened yet. Just what you are thinking about, Larry [David] and I have also been thinking about. So, you’ll see.”
Jerry Seinfeld recently alluded to a Seinfeld revival in the works, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus responded by saying she has no idea what he’s talking about.
Created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the comedy aired on NBC from 1989 to 1998. It was known for its “show about nothing” concept, which focused on the daily lives, quirks, and interactions of a group of friends living in New York City. The central character, Jerry Seinfeld, played by the real-life comedian, frequently performs his own comedy routines as part of the show.
The core cast of Seinfeld also included Jason Alexander as George Costanza, Jerry’s best friend and a neurotic, lazy character, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes, Jerry’s ex-girlfriend and close friend, and Michael Richards as Cosmo Kramer, Jerry’s neighbor with eccentric behavior and wild hair. The series finale aired in May 1998 and was met with mixed reactions from fans and critics.
“Yeah, I just saw [that news] last night. And I don’t know what the hell he’s talking about.”Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Titled “The Finale,” the two-part episode saw Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer on trial for failing to help a carjacking victim. The Seinfeld episode brought back many recurring characters from the series and featured several references to previous episodes. While some viewers felt that the episode was a fitting conclusion to the show, others thought it did not meet the high expectations.
There was a semi-revival during part of the seventh season of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. The multi-episode storyline featured Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David collaborating on a reunion episode for NBC. Several cast members from Seinfeld, such as Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Michael Richards, appeared.
In 2014, Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, and Wayne Knight (known for his role as Newman) reprised their respective characters for a Super Bowl commercial. An extended version of this commercial later became a season three episode of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee series, titled “The Over-Cheer.”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus After Seinfeld
Following her time on Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus continued achieving acting success. She has earned numerous Emmy Awards for her outstanding performance in the political satire series Veep and received acclaim during her tenure on the sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine. In recent years, fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have become familiar with her portrayal of Contessa Valentina.
If the Seinfeld revival officially goes ahead, it wouldn’t be the first popular sitcom to return many years after its original run. In 2017, Will & Grace was revived for a ninth season and continued for three more until 2020. This revival brought back the original cast and ignored the events of the series finale in 2006.
Mad About You, a show that aired concurrently with Seinfeld on NBC, enjoyed an eighth-season revival on Spectrum in 2019, with Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt reprising their roles as the married couple, Paul and Jamie Buchman. Cheers spinoff Frasier also received the revival treatment with a new batch of 10 episodes debuting on Paramount+ on October 12.