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TV Blog Buzz: 25 years since 'Seinfeld''s debut; an Iranian 'Modern Family'

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Saturday marked 25 years since the airing of "Seinfeld"'s pilot, the first of 180 episodes that would rewrite TV history.

In a tribute to the comedy about nothing, Time magazine says it's remarkable that the show didn't really spawn any legitimate imitators, which speaks to just how unique and irreplaceable it was.

"Influence is one measure of greatness, but another, opposite one is inimitability. Some great art reproduces virally. And some is the product of a perspective (or in the case of Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, two) that nature can't come up with twice."

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New York magazine's Vulture blog writes that "Seinfeld" was certainly influential and was responsible for spawning another of TV's all-time great shows.

Without "Seinfeld" there is no "Sopranos," argues Vulture, which credits the show's creators with bravely creating a cast of characters that were borderline unlikable.

"We tend to forget that the first coldly expedient hero to anchor an influential, long-running series named after him wasn't Tony Soprano. It was Jerry Seinfeld," says Vulture.

"How did a 'show about nothing,' built around the misadventures of a supremely selfish comedian and his equally obnoxious friends, rescue a network and inspire generations of TV writers? By being itself."

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Who better to talk about "Seinfeld" than the cast and creators? An hour-long documentary originally produced for the show's DVD box is streamable on YouTube.

http://bit.ly/1xs64RC

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Can you imagine "Modern Family" set in Iran? "Haft Sang" is a faithful adaptation of the American comedy, but for Iranian TV viewers. Slate has a write-up on the unlikely reboot and video links to see it for yourself.

http://slate.me/1q36h9J

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Good news for "Downton Abbey" fans: show creator Julian Fellowes hints that he expects there will be a sixth season.

With the fifth season due to air sometime this year, Fellowes tells Harper's Bazaar that he doesn't see an end in sight for the series.

"I would be amazed if there wasn't another (season) after (this one)," Fellowes says.

"There's certainly enough material. The mid-1920s was a period of massive upheaval as the upper classes realized their lives would never return to their pre-war ease, and women and the working class saw society slowly open up."

http://bit.ly/VLmdV9

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There may be more life for Walter White after all. "Better Call Saul" executive producer Peter Gould has revealed that the "Breaking Bad" spin-off series will take place over several decades.

While there's no guarantee that Bryan Cranston will reprise the role of White, some episodes of "Better Call Saul" will run parallel to the "Breaking Bad" world, Gould tells the New York Daily News.

Other episodes in the upcoming series — which stars Bob Odenkirk as slimy attorney Saul Goodman — will take place both before and after the lawyer met White and Aaron Paul's character Jesse Pinkman.

http://nydn.us/1pOI4YX

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