Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Benson & Seinfeld

Years before he hit it big with his sitcom Seinfeld, Jerry Seinfeld was cast as "Frankie" on the 1980's sitcom Benson. The producers of Benson thought Jerry was a lousy actor and a bad fit for the show, so he was unceremoniously fired. In fact, they never bothered to tell him he had been let go; he realized he was fired when he sat down to a table read and saw that his character wasn't in the script. Mr. Seinfeld would eventually get the last laugh. Industry experts estimate that his sitcom has made over three billion dollars in syndication rights alone. That's a lot of something for a show about nothing.