Why 'Seinfeld' Almost Didn't Become a TV Show
With Jerry Seinfeld's apartment being recreated by Hulu, we were reminded how it almost never happened.
With Jerry Seinfeld's apartment being recreated by Hulu as it releases all nine seasons of the iconic show online, we were reminded how it almost never happened.
A memo uncovered from 1989 revealed that test audience members were not fans of a new show named 'The Seinfeld Chronicles' as it was being tested by NBC.
The show was slammed as "annoying," "disorienting" and "boring" by the audience.
TV expert Stephen Battaglio, who uncovered the memo in 2014, revealed that viewers rated that first version of Jerry Seinfeld's show as "weak".
He added: "No segment of the audience was eager to watch the show again."
The now-legendary Jason Alexander character, George Costanza, was labeled a "wimp."
Battaglio told INSIDE EDITION: "All the things that made Seinfeld quirky and interesting and idiosyncratic, these viewers just didn't get it. They thought it was boring, they didn't think it was relatable. They couldn't identify with it. They didn't think it was that funny."
NBC ultimately retooled and recast the show adding Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine. The rest is TV history.
Despite the scathing reviews in the memo, it has held a special place in the hearts and homes of the show's creators.
"Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, who co-created the show, were so amused by it that they both framed it and kept it in the bathrooms of their homes for many years," said Battaglio.
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