So, that “Seinfeld” reunion that Jerry Seinfeld hinted at during a radio interview last week? As we saw during the Super Bowl, it was a strange hybrid of a couple things: A special episode of Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” Web series staged as an updated scene from the hit NBC comedy.
In the short spot during halftime, Seinfeld joined with Jason Alexander to reprise the roles of Jerry and George at their famous diner hangout as they bickered about a random assortment of topics. There was no Michael Richards or Julia Louis-Dreyfus in sight, so it can’t really qualify as a true reunion; though Wayne Knight showed up, allowing Seinfeld to say “Hello, Newman” once more.
Technically, that scene was just a brief segment from a new episode of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” and makes a whole lot more sense if you watch the whole six-minute episode below. In case you’re unfamiliar with the Web series, it features Seinfeld inviting his famous friends (Louis C.K., Jay Leno, Tina Fey, etc.) out to chat over a cup of coffee — he’s never in character, so this really was a special occasion.
After the clip aired during the Super Bowl, Seinfeld explained via a statement to the New York Times that the Fox network asked if he and Larry David would come up with a “Seinfeld”-related bit for the big game given the “New York connection.” “Larry and I wrote the script in one sitting, just like old times, and working with him, Jason and Wayne was a total blast, as it always was,” Seinfeld said.
Here’s the whole episode: