‘Seinfeld’ Writers Discuss Five Unused Ideas
Seinfeld imprinted countless terms and phrases into the public lexicon, even introducing a new holiday. John O’Hurley, who portrayed J. Peterman, talked with uInterview last year about the positive experiences he had working with the show’s cast.
However, not every idea the staff had left the drawing board. Two of the writers behind the iconic program recently discussed that very topic.
FIVE UNUSED SEINFELD IDEAS
David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer, who have since respectively loaned their talents to Veep and Curb Your Enthusiasm, addressed five unused ideas with Entertainment Weekly.
The first idea discussed was how George’s father, Frank Costanza (Jerry Stiller), would “need medical marijuana for his cataracts.” They heard another show was planning an episode based around that concept, however, so they abandoned the idea.
Next, an idea that was frequently pitched concerned a Prompter character. Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) would have been acquainted with her, and he would have ignored her useful advice. Alec Berg, another writer-producer behind the program, also championed this plot.
The Soup Nazi (Larry Thomas) almost had his moniker be even more apt – he might’ve become an actual Nazi. Ultimately, they seem pleased with their decision not to go through with it.
Cosmo Kramer (Michael Richards) held many odd jobs and entrepreneurial enterprises across Seinfeld, although skeleton maintenance wasn’t among them. Had he embarked upon this business, he would’ve picked up “regular morgue-quality skeletons” and cleaned them.
Finally, the gang almost took a vacation to another country, possibly Mexico. Regardless, the dynamic between the foursome wouldn’t have changed; Jerry and Kramer would still live across from each other in the hotel, and a coffee shop would lie down the block. Had Seinfeld spanned a tenth season, this episode could’ve been produced.
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