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New Seinfeld

UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIF. – February 26, 2009 – NBC is proud to announce a new comedy-reality series created by superstar comedian and producer Jerry Seinfeld’s Columbus 81 Productions.  Mr. Seinfeld has partnered with Ellen Rakieten, a 23-year veteran of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” on this project.

This new series titled “The Marriage Ref” (working title) will feature opinionated celebrities, comedians and sports stars who will candidly comment, judge and offer different strategies for real-life couples in the midst of a classic marital dispute. 

The announcement was made today by Ben Silverman, Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios.
Describing his new creation, Mr. Seinfeld said, “This is not a therapy show, it’s a comedy show.  After nine years of marriage I have discovered that the comedic potential of this subject is quite rich.” 

“It will be revealing, edgy, controversial and very, very funny.  Picture well-known people weighing in on a couple’s relationship issues — and deciding who is right and who is wrong — right on the spot, like a referee,” added Ms. Rakieten.

Mr. Seinfeld is thrilled to partner with Ms. Rakieten on “The Marriage Ref.”  Rakieten joined “The Oprah Winfrey Show” as a producer at its inception in 1986, and was a major force in creating the most dominant program in daytime history. 

“There is no better partner for me on this venture than Ellen.  She has had such an amazing experience at Harpo, and our minds seem perfectly synchronized on the potential of this idea,” said Mr. Seinfeld.

For two decades Ms. Rakieten’s leadership and creativity earned “The Oprah Winfrey Show” unprecedented ratings.  During her long tenure at Harpo, Ms. Rakieten produced over 3500 hours of television.

“NBC has a long and enormously successful relationship with Jerry and this great new concept reflects his incredible and unique point of view,” said Silverman.  “Viewers will love this highly relatable new comedy.”

Added Paul Telegdy, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, NBC and Universal Media Studios, “While ‘Seinfeld’ was a hilarious look at single life, this new show will focus on the humor of relationships and marriage.  It’s a great fit with the slate of alternative comedy we are building at NBC.”
The deal was brokered by Jeanne Newman.

QB competition wide open headed to spring

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Gus Malzahn isn’t picking favorites among the contenders for No. 1 quarterback leading up to Auburn’s spring practice.

The Tigers’ new offensive coordinator said Kodi Burns won’t automatically hold onto that top spot. In fact, Malzahn said he won’t go into the spring with an established pecking order, giving all the quarterbacks a shot at running his no-huddle, spread offense.

“It’s going to be wide open,” he said Wednesday. “We’re coming into this thing new and everybody’s starting new, and they’re going to have to earn it.”

He said Burns, Neil Caudle, redshirt freshman Barrett Trotter and possibly Chris Todd will receive comparable practice repetitions to start spring practice on March 24, but Malzahn hopes to narrow it down “as soon as possible.”

Burns, who is trying to learn his third system in three years at Auburn, started the final six games of last season but was inconsistent passing.

Signees Tyrik Rollison and Clint Moseley will join the mix in fall camp.

“They’re all starting new,” Malzahn said. “And I think anytime you’re putting in a new system and new coaches at every position, that needs to happen.”

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Notes from Malzhan interview

2. Gus does not do two-quarterback systems. There will be one quarterback. Period.

3. Mario Fannin would be a prime candidate for the Wildcat role, Malzahn said. He also believes newcomers Dontae Aycock, Emory Blake and Travante Stallworth could be Wildcats.

4. His goal is to run 80 or more plays a game.

5. The offense will be “fast,” Malzahn repeated several times. The assembled media were skeptical, because we’ve heard that before. But Malzahn was adamant.

“You hear a lot about no huddle and a lot about ‘fast,’ but our goal is to play fast. That’s who we are. That’s what we do. We’re not so much a no-huddle, look-to-the-side team. You will see us do that sometimes. That’s not really who we are. I like to think we’re a little bit different than everyone else.”

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Very Interesting…

This is a break down of Auburn’s 2004 Offense vs. Malzahn’s 2006 Offense at Arkansas 

Strength of Schedule: Auburn ……. 5th nationally Arkansas ….. 9th nationally

Total Offense: Auburn …… 25th nationally Arkansas …. 29th nationally

Scoring Offense: Auburn …… 18th nationally Arkansas …. 31st nationally

Yards per play: Auburn …… 6.35 yards Arkansas …. 6.29 yards

TD Ratio: Arkansas ….. 1 every 15.3 plays Auburn ……. 1 every 15.9 plays

3rd down Pct: Auburn …… 46% Arkansas …. 42% Total

Touchdowns: Auburn …… 54 in 13 games Arkansas …. 55 in 14 games

Avg number of 1st downs: Auburn …… 20.8 per game Arkansas …. 17.8 per game

Redzone Scoring Pct: Auburn ……. 79% Arkansas ….. 78%

Redzone TD Pct: Arkansas …… 67% Auburn ……… 62%

Yards gained per possession: Auburn …… 34.8 yards Arkansas …. 31.8 yards