No More "Seinfeld" on WTAP

By: Roger Sheppard
By: Roger Sheppard

The 'Show About Nothing' Is Leaving All Smaller TV Stations

After about 20 years on WTAP – either as part of NBC’s prime time line-up or in syndication – “Seinfeld” disappears from WTAP’s airwaves after this weekend.

Jerry, George, Kramer and Elaine will no longer be a part of our afternoon line-up of programming. Nor will they be seen at other times late night or on the weekends on the WTAP family of stations effective March 12, 2011.
People have either loved “Seinfeld” or hated it.
And there will be some folks who will be glad that it’s gone…and others who will be upset.
First of all, I should tell you, that “Seinfeld” is going away not by our choosing!
The right to show it in smaller markets like ours, has been taken over by a cable network. The stations in much larger markets who still want to run "Seinfeld," will be able to do so.
Out-of-market broadcasts of “Seinfeld,” which we have blocked over the past few years as being in violation of our syndication exclusivity rights, will be lifted. So “Seinfeld” fans will still be able to find the gang elsewhere.
For now, WTAP will replace its Monday-Friday 5:30pm airing of "Seinfeld" with that day's new version of "Inside Edition," and will slide other late-night programming around to take its place.
What are your thoughts about all of this?
Are you glad to see it go away or will you find yourself going through “Seinfeld” withdrawal?
If you’re a fan, what are your favorite episodes?
I’d love to get your feedback.
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  • by ViennaGirl Location: Vienna on Jun 13, 2011 at 12:45 PM
    Why does the station owner feel the need to have Inside Edition on twice daily? At 12:30pm they show us what we watched at 5:30pm the day before. It is ridiculous to have this show on 2 times in a day. It is repetitive and not informative at all! I would rather see the Noon News extended to an hour broadcast. 1/2 and hour of news and 1/2 and hour of special reporting where the anchors go out and report on something of special interest in the WTAP viewing area. I am sure that if you all put your creative minds together you could come up with something very informative to report on. Make it fun, or educational it wouldn't matter. Anything would be better than watching Inside Edition 2 times in one day. BORING!!
  • by George on Jun 9, 2011 at 09:08 AM
    I've never watched it until it went into syndication, and then, it's repeated over and over. I was a bit shocked that such an adult show would be put in the family accessable time slot. But funny, oh yes...
  • by Fred Location: North End on Mar 27, 2011 at 11:06 PM
    Good riddance.
  • by ViennaGuy Location: Vienna on Mar 12, 2011 at 08:53 PM
    I'm sorry to see it go ...
  • by Bill Location: Parkersburg,WV on Mar 7, 2011 at 11:16 AM
    I have seen every episode of Seinfeld a dozen times and its still funny. I hate to see it leave our market.
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