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Media Wastes Little Time Catching Up to @SeinfeldToday

This may be a new record. Sunday afternoon, the Twitter account @SeinfeldToday was playfully launched to showcase the strands of nothingness that might preoccupy Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer if their Thursday night NBC show was still on the air.

This morning, members of the Jerry-loving media were rushing to get the scoop and this afternoon (ET time), Atlantic Wire blogger Esther Zuckerman was chronicling the whole thing. A mere 20 hours in:

The man behind the account, BuzzFeed’s sports editor Jack Moore, started tweeting out scenarios with his friend, comedian Josh Gondelman, and then decided that the joke merited its own account. Moore is a Seinfeld fanatic himself: “I’m pretty much constantly watching episodes in the background while I’m doing anything,” he told us in an email. “I have a thumb drive with the whole series on it that I keep in my bag pretty much all the time.”

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Another Price is Right Model Files Sexual Harassment Suit

Andrew Blankstein of the LA Times has posted a sordid legal complaint filed yesterday in LA Superior Court by former Price is Right model Lanisha Cole (pictured).

Never mind that the defendants are namesakes for Adam Sandler and Michael Richards, something the reporter has to make clear in the first paragraph of his article. Beginning with the charge that show producer Richards started communicating with Cole at the end of 2009 by means of written messages delivered through go-between staffers, there’s all kinds of crazy stuff here, including allegations of a Richards romance with another model (Amber Lancaster) and this very unpleasant alleged September 2010 incident involving Sandler:

Ignoring these [KNOCK BEFORE ENTERING] signs, as well as the verbal and later physical protests of the several women who were in the dressing room at the time, Sandler marched into the dressing room, walked straight to where Cole was changing outfits, and began scolding her for her failure to wear a microphone…

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Get Ready for the ‘TMZ Hollywood Tour’

Presumably, once the new TMZ tour buses start rolling around Hollywood May 1st, a scheduled stop will be the show and website’s headquarters at Crescent Heights and Sunset Blvds. After all, right across the street is Hyde and The Laugh Factory, where Michael Richards and an astute cell phone owner combined to give Harvey Levin ‘s crew an infamous bit of celebrity bad behavior.

Media commentators like Andrew Wallenstein are reacting with awe at the synergistic genius of today’s announced partnership between TMZ and Starline Tours, as they should. The new venture is a license to print more gossip-soaked money. From the release:

Members of the TMZ TV show will appear in video vignettes, offering up an inside look at Hollywood’s most well-kept secrets and biggest stories.

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Rating the New Richard Johnson Gossip

Where’s the first big scoop? That’s our question after keeping an eye on the initial efforts of former Page Six grand poobah Richard Johnson for Rupert Murdoch‘s The Daily.

With Johnson sitting shoulder-to-shoulder on the west coast with the likes of TMZ and Radar Online, it’s going to take more than tired rehashes of the Kim Kardashian-Prince stage dance story and bad Spider-Man Broadway reviews to make a mark. Another “Flash” item today about Adam Sandler snubbing print reporters at the red carpet premiere of Just Go with It is a real reach (it’s not unusual for A-listers to do only TV promo-ing), and like the other two tidbits, is anchored in New York.

Earlier this week, Johnson had a bit more luck when he looked at how estate lawyers are getting rich over bogus Michael Jackson lawsuits and shared the directorial aspirations of GEICO caveman commercial actor Ben Weber. Weber wants to make Heirloom, a personally relevant drama about Huntington’s disease

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“Seinfeld” Cast Reunites On Entertainment Weekly Cover

EW.jpg“Seinfeld” was, and will always be, one of the quintessential New York television shows. It’s also one of the most missed by New Yorkers (or at least this New Yorker.)

Since the show ended 11 years ago, the cast — made up of Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards — has scattered to work on their own projects. Whispers of a reunion have always been around, but it took “Seinfeld” co-creator Larry David to make it happen.

Seinfeld, Alexander, Louis-Dreyfus and Richards will join David on the upcoming season of his current HBO show, “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

And there’s lots more news about the long-awaited reunion in this week’s cover story in Entertainment Weekly:

“The story line, which starts in episode 3, is sprinkled over five of the season’s 10 episodes as Larry recruits the cast, then plans and tapes the big ‘Seinfeld’ reunion (viewers will see a few scenes of the ‘Seinfeld’ reunion episode on ‘Curb’). David is cagey on plot details, and will only hint that ‘Larry attempts to get [his estranged wife] Cheryl back, and the Seinfeld reunion figures prominently in that.’”

It’s taken seven seasons for David to lure the “Seinfeld” foursome to “Curb,” and it might just be a ratings ploy or a way for David’s show to go out with a bang. Either way, we’ll be watching.

TMZ TV To Stink Up The Airwaves On Monday

hle.jpegIf you smell sulfur in the air on Monday, don’t fret. It’s just TMZ fluttering through the airwaves.

The site that broke the Mel Gibson arrest and the Michael Richards comedy-club bigotry will stick its heavy fist into the crowded hole of celebutainment television shows, debuting, of course, on Fox.

Harvey Levin, managing editor of TMZ.com will exec produce the nightly half=hour shows and host. Because he’s just that pretty.

Levin told the Associated Press:

“It doesn’t feel like the other shows … We’re not sucking up (to stars). We’re not doing junkets. We’re not doing red carpets,” Levin said.

To which his competition answered: Ha!

Bring it on, said TMZ’s rivals, including sibling Telepictures entry Extra, returning for its 14th season Monday.

“The way I look at it, we’re in the limo with the stars. They’re chasing the limo,” said Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey, Extra senior executive producer (and Levin’s former colleague on Celebrity Justice). “It’s a completely different point of view.”

Chappelle Performs Marathon Six-Hour Set At Laugh Factory With No Breaks

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Comedian Dave Chappelle walked onstage unannounced at 10:43PM Sunday at West Hollywood’s Laugh Factory — where the infamous Michael Richards‘ n-word infused rant took place last fall — for an impromptu standup set.

It ended at 4:43AM Monday.

He took no breaks, and according to founder Jamie Masada, only about a dozen of the 150 people in the audience left.

Accordng to Variety, Chappelle covered “a multitude of topics during his megaset, tackling everything from President Bush‘s intelligence to Comedy Central’s decision to hype Carlos Mencia after Chappelle abandoned his show for the cabler.”

Chappelle’s record-setting set bested Dane Cook‘s April 10 set at the club, which lasted nearly four hours. (Cook was paying tribute to his father, who passed away the week before.) The previous record was a two-hour, 40 minute set by Richard Pryor in 1980.

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