Not that there's anything wrong with that when the "nothing" is the final season of one of the most popular TV programs ever. Three IC alums who work on Seinfeld talk about their behind- the- scenes roles.

by Dave Maley

Jerry Seinfeld, the character, loves to eat cereal. So, apparently, does Jerry Seinfeld, the actor who portrays him on his eponymously titled television show. He was working on a bowl of Lucky Charms at three o'clock in the afternoon when I was introduced to him one day in February. He dropped in as I was wrapping up my interview with three people whose names are a tad less well known than his and whose contributions to television's top-rated comedy you wouldn't know unless you watch closely when the credits flash by at the end of each week's Seinfeld episode.

Script coordinator George Doty IV '92, writers' assistant Jennifer Eolin (pronounced Oh'-lin) '95, and assistant editor David Rogers '92, all graduates of the Roy H. Park School of Communications, took some time out of their work on Seinfeld's final season to talk with the Ithaca College Quarterly about their experiences. Though aired on NBC, the show is actually put together at the CBS Studio Center, a collection of soundstages, office buildings, bungalows, postproduction facilities, and dressing room trailers in the Studio City section of Los Angeles. Castle Rock Entertainment, the production company that makes Seinfeld, is located in building five, and the directions from the front gate read like a road map of television history: go down Mary Tyler Moore Avenue, past Gilligan's Island Road and St. Elsewhere Street, to the intersection of My Three Sons Street.

"We're all climbing the ladder together, not climbing over one another to get ahead."

The interview took place around the same table where each week for nine seasons was created the world of Jerry and his pals George Costanza, Elaine Benes, and Cosmo Kramer. Not to mention memorable characters like the Soup Nazi, J. Peterman, the Bubble Boy, and Newman. And of course there are the catchphrases that have found their way into the lexicon of Seinfeld's 30-million-plus weekly viewers: "Not that there's anything wrong with that!" "spongeworthy," "shrinkage," "yada, yada, yada," . . .

It may be a bit unusual for three Ithaca alums to be working at the same time on a show whose final episode was seeking a record $2 million per 30-second commercial spot. How they got there, however, is typical of how Ithaca graduates look out for one another, especially in Lotus -- and Lexus -- land: Hollywood.

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