The one main cast member of Seinfeld who hasn't really tested the "Seinfeld curse"--the idea that television shows are predestined to bomb if they star the actors who portrayed Jerry, Elaine, George, or Kramer--is Mr. Seinfeld himself.
Michael Richards' The Michael Richards Show lasted only seven episodes in 2000. Jason Alexander's Listen Up was bashed by critics in its 2005 22-episode run. Before finding solid ground with The New Adventures of Old Christine, Julia Louis-Dreyfus tried Watching Ellie in 2002-2003, but viewers didn't and it only lasted a dozen episodes.
Now, a decade after Seinfeld bowed out, it appears Jerry Seinfeld is ready to give television another shot. A report by Page Six says the New York native is in discussions to star in a new sitcom on NBC.
According to sources, the show would be in same vein as Larry David's HBO comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm, with Seinfeld playing an exaggerated version of himself. (David was, of course, Seinfeld's cocreator.) Page Six says the show "is aiming for a June premiere" and will be set in New York.
NBC isn't saying anything about the project, but the claim certainly isn't far-fetched. After leaving Seinfeld, Jerry pretty much went off the entertainment grid, collecting cars and young girlfriends, but has warmed up to the idea to getting back into show business.
It wasn't until recently that he returned to films and television, when he produced, wrote, and voiced the animated film Bee Movie and made a guest appearance on 30 Rock (also an NBC show).
Is Seinfeld himself immune to the curse that bears his name? Let's hope Jerry is still "master of his domain"--no, no... Not that, television.
[UPDATE] The Associated Press is reporting that Page Six's is erroneous, and that both NBC and Seinfeld have denied the rumors.