Jerry Seinfeld is creating and exec producing a reality show tentatively titled The Marriage Ref for NBC, the network has announced. According to the release, it will “feature opinionated celebrities, comedians and sports stars who will candidly comment, judge and offer different strategies for real-life couples in the midst of a classic marital dispute.” Seinfeld added, “This is not a therapy show, it’s a comedy show. After nine years of marriage, I have discovered that the comedicpotential of this subject is quite rich.”
I think this is genius. It’s like getting to talk back to Ray and Debra at the end of an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond (if you’re a celebrity, comedian, or sports star). My dream “refs” are: Ray Romano, Kathy Griffin, Denis Leary (who has experience with the title), Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Ashton Kutcher, Ellen DeGeneres, and Oprah Winfrey. (Seinfeld’s partnered with Oprah Winfrey Show exec producer Ellen Rakieten for the six-episode series, so O should be gettable.) Who would you like to see making the calls?
P.S. This really made me miss Bernie Mac.