CULVER CITY, Calif., Nov. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Pictures Television is proud to announce the sale of an unprecedented fifth cycle of the show that has been called "the greatest sitcom of all time," Seinfeld, solidifying the show's run in syndication through 2017.
"Seinfeld is the greatest television show ever," says John Weiser, President, U.S. Distribution for Sony Pictures Television. "With this renewal, viewers will be able to enjoy the show for many more years into the future."
The deal extends Seinfeld's clearances in more than 90% of the country, continuing its successful broadcast run on such highly ranked stations as WPIX in New York, KCOP Los Angeles and WCIU in Chicago, also supported by strong stations groups including, Tribune, Fox, CBS, Sinclair, Local, Raycom, Cox and Hubbard across the country among many others.
Neal Sabin, President of Content and Networks Weigel Broadcasting added, "It's really something that the show about nothing is entering its 5th syndication cycle. Seinfeld is a timeless classic we are happy to have on our station, making viewers and advertisers happy and successful, yada, yada, yada."
Now in its industry-leading fourth cycle, Seinfeld remains a Top 5 show in Adults 25-54 amongst current hits including "The Big Bang Theory," "Two and A Half Men," "Family Guy," and "How I Met Your Mother," and is among the Top 10 in households. With some of the greatest characters ever on television and some of the most recognized episodes including "The Soup Nazi," "The Yada Yada" and "The Strike," which established a new holiday tradition known to fans as "Festivus," Seinfeld remains ingrained in pop culture. The show continues to engage long-time fans and new viewers on social media with its more than 4.9 million Facebook fans making it the #1 most interactive syndicated series on television.
An Emmy and Golden Globe winner for Best Comedy Series, Seinfeld is one of the most popular, most award-winning and longest-running comedy series of all time. Jerry Seinfeld stars as a stand-up comedian whose life in New York City is made even more chaotic by his quirky group of friends who join him in wrestling with life's most perplexing, yet often trivial questions. Often described as "a show about nothing," Seinfeld mines the humor in life's mundane situations like waiting in line, searching for a lost item, or the trials and tribulations of dating. Co-starring are Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Jerry's ex-girlfriend and current platonic pal, Elaine Benes; Jason Alexander as George Costanza, Jerry's neurotic hard-luck best friend; and Michael Richards as Jerry's eccentric neighbor, Kramer.
Seinfeld is a Shapiro/West production in association with Castle Rock Entertainment. It is distributed in national syndication by Sony Pictures Television. National advertising is managed by Sony Pictures Television Advertiser Sales.
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