The End of the Post-Seinfeld Slump?

The 11-year post-Seinfeld slump that has plagued the careers of the show's main stars may finally be coming to an end. Since Seinfeld, the gang has had bad luck in the entertainment business, thanks to canceled shows and unsuccessful efforts to break out of their Seinfeld characters. Today, however, the Seinfeld foursome (and not just Julia Louis-Dreyfus this time) are all working on interesting projects, in TV and film. Dare we say it? Is the curse broken?

Jerry Seinfeld (as himself)

Jerry Seinfeld had it hardest. After all, he played himself, and that's a hard typecast to beat. Apart from two voice parts -- an episode of Dilbert and the Bee Movie -- and a guest spot on 30 Rock, Seinfeld has been absent from TV for the last 11 years. But that streak will come to an end in March 2010 when the reality show Marriage Ref comes to NBC. Seems that Jerry can only play himself on TV. Imagine: Jerry Seinfeld playing the role of not-Jerry Seinfeld in a sitcom. It just can't happen.

Jason Alexander (George)

Jason Alexander lost the George-glasses, grew a little facial hair, and spent a long time working off-TV. Of the whole gang, Alexander has been the most successful at completely reinventing himself. Admittedly, the mini-series Meteor was not great, but Alexander's decision to take the role demonstrates his potential breadth. Since he left Seinfeld, Alexander has been on Broadway and made a number of appearances on TV, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus' hit show The New Adventures of Old Christine. He'll always resemble George, but Alexander has far more prospects than his insecure, jobless Seinfeld sidekick ever did.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Elaine)

Of all the Seinfeld actors, Julia Louis-Dreyfus has been most successful in getting back on TV. Her recent Emmy nomination for The New Adventures of Old Christine is confirmation of that. Louis-Dreyfus' first attempt as leading lady in her post-Seinfeld career was Watching Ellie, which aired in 2002. Maybe four years after Seinfeld was too quick for audiences, because the show was quickly cancelled. Or maybe "Ellie" sounds too much like "Elaine"? Either way, Julia Louis-Dreyfus isn't Elaine anymore, and now she's got her own hit show.

Michael Richards (Kramer)

Two years was definitely too soon for Michael Richards, an actor who was solidly engrained in audiences' minds as Cosmo Kramer. The Michael Richards Show was canceled after less than a season, and he returned to his roots in stand-up comedy. (That didn't go so well either.) Slowly, Richards is piecing a career together. Following Seinfeld's lead, Richards is doing voice parts. (He was in Bee Movie too.) He's playing a voice in the upcoming movie Cat Tale slated to open in 2010. His failed sitcom and the stand-up "incident" put him a bit behind the pack.

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Aug 10, 2009
yeah well... JLD certainly got out of the slump... Jason Alexander never was in a slump... just busy outside tv, which he he's too good for anyway. Richards will never get passed the 'standup incident' (where IS Mel Gibson, btw?) and Seinfeld in a reality show? Is THAT coming out of the slump? More like wallowing in the trash IMO... anyway I doubt it will last.
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Aug 06, 2009
I was hoping the curse would continue, so they would be forced to do a Seinfeld reunion. Maybe they will do one anyway.
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Jul 27, 2009
Seinfeld was an awesome show. I'm glad to see that the cast is finally doing well. http://www.mediancs.com/rd_p?p=186122&t=9534&a=1805-tvcom&gift=1805
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Jul 23, 2009
I meant Michael Richards not Jason Richards
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Jul 23, 2009
It's weird that Julia L-D is the one who's been the most successful post-Seinfeld. Sort of like how Ringo was the ex-Beatle with the most hits in the couple of years after they broke up.
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Jul 23, 2009
What do they do about the Jason Richards problem? How do you recover from THAT?
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Jul 22, 2009
I don't know that Jerry Seinfeld wanted to work that much. He's been enjoying being a husband and father. He sure doesn't need the money.
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Jul 22, 2009
I was expecting this article to say they all had shows coming up, Elaine is the only one doing good, Jerry doesn't need the money, but being a host on a reality show is not what I would call a great comeback, and for kramer doing voice work, everyone does that now, and what are george's great projects? Meteor?
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Jul 22, 2009
AT least they still have "Seinfeld" money to live off of (maybe)
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Jul 22, 2009
Julia Louis Dreyfus' Elaine was the most annoying character on Seinfeld and I dont see how she has changed. Every show shes done has been annoying. I would have to agree with the guy that said Patrick Warburton is the former cast member who has had the best post-Seinfeld career.
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Jul 22, 2009
They all seem to have pretty crappy careers. And New Adventures Christine show sucks.
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Jul 22, 2009
since when is getting a reality show "getting their career back on track" :D
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Jul 22, 2009
Who cares?
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Jul 22, 2009
haha richards sucks man but hey that's the price you pay when saying the n-word to african americans. good for him
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Jul 22, 2009
Yeh Elaine was always the one that was annoying, now in her new show, she's still annoying.
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Jul 22, 2009
Jason Alexander has done a lot of things. Movies, tv shows, animated shows... Plus guest spots. He was guest star on Star Trek Voyager, the voice of Duckman for the whole series, tv movies, a failed sitcom or two... I hate that Christine show. It's so stale. Like I give a crap about some old mom...
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Jul 22, 2009
Seinfeld needs to do a movie..........Now!
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Jul 22, 2009
I can't wait to see them all in season 7 of Curb ur Enthusiasm!! :D
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Jul 22, 2009
Jennifer Aniston has the biggest success but i wouldn't go by saying they have a slump because. They've all done stuff after friends that weren't dives.
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Jul 22, 2009
And the most successful of all of the Seinfeld cast is Patrick Warburton. Granted he was only a recurring cast member but he's also gone on to some of the best roles since then.
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Jul 22, 2009
only jennifer aniston has found success after friends.
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Jul 22, 2009
The Cast of Friends defintely don't have a slump.

All of them have done things since the end of Friends.
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Jul 22, 2009
I never realized that there really was a slump. This kinda happened to the cast of Friends too!
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Jul 22, 2009
I didn't like Seinfeld...
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Jul 22, 2009
STILL LOVE THOSE RE RUNS !!!!
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