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(Tablet Magazine)   'Seinfeld' re-ups for a 5th round of syndication, bringing the syndication revenue to over $3 billion or $17 million per episode. Giddy up   (tabletmag.com) divider line 113
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2013-04-08 12:35:17 AM

bugcrusher: foo monkey: Flappyhead: And none of the cast outside of Jerry has seen a nickel of it.

[Citation needed]

"Apparently, other cast members from the show are not sharing in the billions.
Co-stars Jason Alexander, Michael Richards and Julia Louis-Dreyfus have a portion of the revenues from sales of "Seinfeld" DVDs -- something they held out for in contract negotiations for the series' final season. But not the show's syndication money." New York Post, June 7, 2010
<http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/tv/einfeld_rakes_in_bil_RFu9j OSt ArywzQ8I5rSvAJ>


I wonder if they get residuals though? I remember Elisabeth Shue saying she's made more money off of Seinfeld residuals than she ever got acting in movies.
 
2013-04-08 02:16:29 AM

W.C.fields forever: John Buck 41: Hoban Washburne: Dr.Zom: I have a friend who was in ONE episode of News Radio and he still gets residual checks. I imagine the cast (besides Jerry) are doing just fine.

/even Newman

He also had a recurring role on Third Rock from the Sun, which was also pretty successful.  Unless he's a moron, I'm sure he's doing fine.

He was also in JFK and Jurassic Park.

Newman.....

/shakes tiny fist..


I'm sure that Wayne Knight has some money piled away somewhere in Al's Toy Barn...
 
2013-04-08 04:16:35 AM
Who would've ever guessed that they'd only get 3¢ every time an episode is re-aired? Farkin' crazy!
 
2013-04-08 09:32:15 AM

Dr.Zom: I have a friend who was in ONE episode of News Radio and he still gets residual checks. I imagine the cast (besides Jerry) are doing just fine.

/even Newman


There was even a Seinfeld episode which dealt with that very subject, where Jerry kept getting cheques in the mail from Japan since some Japanese TV show used a clip of him and they had to keep paying him every time it was shown.
 
2013-04-08 01:13:33 PM

t3knomanser: Mugato: I'm not going to sit and list them but I would bet almost 1/4 of the plot lines relied at least in part in their not being able to get in touch with each other.

Not really. A few famous episodes did. I just spot checked a few, and after checking the plots of ten episodes at random, I didn't bump into a one that involved not being able to get in touch. At a guess, I think probably ten episodes of the entire run involved plots that would have changed with cellphones.


Couldn't the same be said for shows like "I Love Lucy" as well? Ethel could have googled Vita-Veta-Vegamin on her phone and texted Lucy that it was full of booze.

Hell, a bunch of Shakespeare's plots could have been foiled by a cell phone. Romeo and Juliet?
 
2013-04-08 02:04:22 PM

ladodger34: Couldn't the same be said for shows like "I Love Lucy" as well? Ethel could have googled Vita-Veta-Vegamin on her phone and texted Lucy that it was full of booze.

Hell, a bunch of Shakespeare's plots could have been foiled by a cell phone. Romeo and Juliet?


I think the point was that they actually had cell phones during Seinfeld's run but none of the characters had one, including the semi-rich comedian.
 
2013-04-08 02:24:25 PM

Mugato: ladodger34: Couldn't the same be said for shows like "I Love Lucy" as well? Ethel could have googled Vita-Veta-Vegamin on her phone and texted Lucy that it was full of booze.

Hell, a bunch of Shakespeare's plots could have been foiled by a cell phone. Romeo and Juliet?

I think the point was that they actually had cell phones during Seinfeld's run but none of the characters had one, including the semi-rich comedian.


But he did have a car phone.
 
2013-04-08 03:18:00 PM

Spadababababababa Spadina Bus: barneyfifesbullet: Now each of those 180 episodes

Most are rarely broadcast. Most nets only run the same couple dozen episodes over and over, especially TBS. You know the quotes, soup nazi, hand model, we're not gay, yada yada yada.


Yep. I like to watch Seinfeld reruns because they're still better than a lot of new shows, even with its 20th century problems (no mobile phones, no internet, etc.). But after a while, you start to realize that they only show the same two or three dozen episodes.

Now, I've only ever watched Seinfeld in syndication. I can only just remember when new episodes were still coming out, and I was too young to care at the time. These days, I like the show a lot- in fact, I'd even say Seinfeld is one of the best TV shows ever made. But there are a bunch of episodes that I've never seen, and I never will see them unless I buy the DVDs or something. They're the episodes where nothing memorable happens, or they're from the early seasons before the characters are fully developed, or they just plain suck. Is it fair for me to call a show one of the best ever when you've never seen the bad episodes? I don't think so. But I don't want to invest the time to watch every single episode in order, either; I'm happy and comfortable with the curated selection that shows up every weeknight at 10.

I guess the lesson here is that no TV show is perfect, and anybody who claims one is has rose-coloured (or syndication coloured) glasses. Maybe in 10 years, 25 year-olds will be fondly reminiscing about the best episodes of How I Met Your Mother and Two and a Half Men, while ignoring the many, many episodes that were utter bollocks?


The local Fox station here in Green Bay plays two Seinfeld episodes a night, and they play them all in order. Seen them all so many times, within 5 seconds of any episode starting, I can tell you what is going on with at least three of the characters in that episode.
 
2013-04-08 03:42:17 PM

Mugato: ladodger34: Couldn't the same be said for shows like "I Love Lucy" as well? Ethel could have googled Vita-Veta-Vegamin on her phone and texted Lucy that it was full of booze.

Hell, a bunch of Shakespeare's plots could have been foiled by a cell phone. Romeo and Juliet?

I think the point was that they actually had cell phones during Seinfeld's run but none of the characters had one, including the semi-rich comedian.


Iirc, the last episode had an important plot point about Elaine getting a cell phone and saving a call on it for something really important.

The bubble boy episode stands out to me as an easily solvable problem now, but everyone who ever caravanned with friends to a destination you weren't sure of has happened to.
 
2013-04-08 04:10:57 PM

Mugato: ladodger34: Couldn't the same be said for shows like "I Love Lucy" as well? Ethel could have googled Vita-Veta-Vegamin on her phone and texted Lucy that it was full of booze.

Hell, a bunch of Shakespeare's plots could have been foiled by a cell phone. Romeo and Juliet?

I think the point was that they actually had cell phones during Seinfeld's run but none of the characters had one, including the semi-rich comedian.


I was in college when Seinfeld was on. Nobody had cell phones back then. Sure, my mom had a "car phone", but it was expensive, and thus for emergencies only.
 
2013-04-08 10:53:54 PM

Mugato: John Buck 41: He was also in JFK and Jurassic Park.

Damn, who wasn't in JFK?


maybe JFK ?
 
2013-04-08 11:26:32 PM

Third_Uncle_Eno: Mugato: John Buck 41: He was also in JFK and Jurassic Park.

Damn, who wasn't in JFK?

maybe JFK ?


Well, he was. Sorta.
 
2013-04-09 08:19:32 AM

John Buck 41: Third_Uncle_Eno: Mugato: John Buck 41: He was also in JFK and Jurassic Park.

Damn, who wasn't in JFK?

maybe JFK ?

Well, he was. Sorta.


Yeah, he was featured prominently.
 
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