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Much Ado About Nothing

February 05, 1995

Regarding "There's Nothing to It," David Kronke's cover story on "Seinfeld" (Jan. 29):

I think the modest, self-effacing comments of the producers and writers should be commended. After all, aren't all sitcoms really about "nothing"? Would the producers of other series actually expect viewers to believe that their shows are about "something" and that we would remember them 24 hours later?

Let's face it: The creative staff of "Seinfeld" is superior to the competition in every way, and the brilliant cast delivers a stellar performance every week. These people are tops in their craft, and I'm sure fans of the show would like to see another 100 episodes.

"Seinfeld" is the only television show I never miss. Unless, of course, I'm doing "something."

RICHARD MERVIS

Chatsworth

In your article, it was stated that "Seinfeld" didn't get under way until Sunday, "when many union employees are working for double-time-and-a-half."

It isn't true that union employees earn premium pay simply by working on a Sunday. To encourage more union production, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes has made many concessions during the last few years. One of these was to allow straight-time work on any five out of seven days. On the sixth day, by state law, the worker earns time-and-a-half, and on the seventh day, double time. There is no such thing as double-time-and-a-half.

I wish you had taken the time to verify the information your reporter was given.

JIM PLANNETTE

Los Angeles

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