Old Christine does all right

The New Adventures of Old Christine, starring Seinfeld alum Julia Louis-Dreyfus, premiered on CBS last night with strong enough ratings to place second in its time slot. This is welcome news for a former cast member of Seinfed, who have all been in several high-profile flops since that show ended in 1998.

Christine premiered with two episodes last night, and both of them improved on ratings of the shows they were preempting.

The 8:30 p.m. episode went up against game show Deal or No Deal on NBC and came in second in the time slot, with a 3.9 rating among viewers 18-49. This is slightly better than vacationing time-slot resident How I Met Your Mother was averaging for the season.

At 9:30, another episode of Christine came in second to Fox's 24, snagging a 4.9 rating in 18-49s, better than what former time-slot tenant Courting Alex has averaged this season.

Christine received mostly positive reviews, with Village Voice critic Joy Press saying that the show "may or may not be a mid-season hit, but it should be" and Variety's Brian Lowry saying that it's "one of the best conventional half-hours to come along in a while."

Seinfeld is one of the most fondly remembered sitcoms in TV history, but the four actors who helped make it great have all suffered post-Seinfeld sour times.

Dreyfus, who played Elaine Benes on the show, followed up in 2002 with Watching Ellie, a short-lived sitcom that took place in "real time." She also appeared as a recurring character on Fox's cult sitcom Arrested Development.

Jason Alexander, aka George Costanza, went on to appear in two quickly canceled series. In Bob Patterson, he played a motivational speaker--the show lasted less than a season. In Listen Up!, he was a radio DJ--that series lasted the entire season but wasn't renewed.

Michael Richards, who played wacky neighbor Cosmo Kramer, played a bumbling detective on 2000's The Michael Richards Show. The series lasted eight episodes.

Jerry Seinfeld hasn't done much since the show ended, making one film, the stand-up comedy documentary Comedian. Series cocreator Larry David went on to create the popular "Seinfeld in LA" series, Curb Your Enthusiasm.

The next few weeks will prove if Loius-Dreyfus is the first of the bunch to have a truly successful network TV series after the folding of the Seinfeld tent.

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you spelt Louis worng.
It wont last long its not that good.
People use the SEINFELD curse as an excuse, maybe the TV Shows they starred in were just, you know... bad?
Doesn't matter how good a show is, it's bound to get cancelled after only half a season, or unexplainably dropped at the end of the first season in the middle of an important plot-line arc. Seems to be happening more and more. Ive lost count over the past few years the amount that it has happened. To name just a few shows that had a lot of fans but still got the axe after only one season, 'Now and Again' 'John Doe' 'Serenity' 'Jake 2.0' to name just a few that come to mind right away.
But I digress. I have yet to see Old Christine, being in Australia I imagine it will quite a while before we get it here. But, given what a veteran of television Louis-drefuss is, and given that she was the best part of Seinfeld, it would be no surprise if the show was a success.
This show was okay. Not hilarious, but not horrible as well. Maybe a break in the Seilfeld curse?

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