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.