This is from the May 28th, 1998 issue of Rolling Stone. The 180th and final episode of Seinfeld, to be broadcast on May 14th, was scheduled to be filmed over nine days, from March 31st to April 8th. Rolling Stone was there the whole time – for more than 100 hours on set – watching. Hiding in corners. Being nosy. All Jerry Seinfeld asked in return was that the ensuing story not reveal anything. This is that story. Tuesday, March 31stSeinfeld principals sit down with Larry David, who helped create the show and wrote the final episode, for the table reading. (Which is where actors sit and read a script aloud. Round a table.) Jerry Seinfeld stands up at the beginning of the reading and says, “You’re going to hear me say ‘thank you’ a lot during the week – here’s the first one.” Before they even start reading, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is in tears. It is the first time the three other principals have learned in any detail how everything will end. “It was a little emotional,” says Jason Alexander afterward. “It’s creeping in, slowly.” That afternoon the first scenes are shot. Most sitcoms are filmed in one evening on… Read full this story
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