Lame? "Seinfeld" stars reunite after 11 years

Mon Sep 14, 2009 7:24pm EDT
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By Dean Goodman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pathetic. Desperate. Lame.

The "Seinfeld" reunion its creators swore would never happen for the aforementioned reasons finally takes place next month.

The four stars of the famed "show about nothing" will appear together in the new season of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm," 11 years after their characters were left to rot in jail.

But, as anyone with a passing knowledge of the "Seinfeld" anti-sentimental ethos could guess, there is none of the hugging and good times that often besmirch such TV reunions.

It's really an anti-reunion, with actors Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards and Jason Alexander playing versions of themselves as they prepare to shoot a one-off show despite some misgivings.

"Get together? ... Why don't we just have a nice dinner?" Seinfeld suggests when he's being pitched the idea.

But the season promises to be "spectacular," to use a "Seinfeld" catchphrase.

"Curb" creator/star Larry David, who also created "Seinfeld" with Seinfeld, corralled the gang for up to five of the 10 episodes of his HBO show. The seventh season premieres on Sunday, and the "Seinfeld" reunion arc kicks in for the third episode, which airs on October 4.   Continued...

<p>The stars of the television series "Seinfeld" are shown in this undated publicity photograph. Shown (L-R): Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis Dreyfuss, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards. REUTERS/Handout</p>