Ted Danson’s dueling gigs on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and Bored to Death have been delightful, and Shelley Long’s kooky cameo on Wednesday’s Modern Family triggered a still-rolling avalanche of Cheers nostalgia in our offices.
But that’s not the half of it. Woody Harrelson has a hit movie (Zombieland) and a serious role in a potential Oscar contender (The Messenger); Kelsey Grammer has another new sitcom (Hank); George Wendt has written a barstool professional’s guide to beer; Rhea Perlman was hilarious on a recent episode of HBO’s Hung; and Kirstie Alley is just a few pounds (lost or gained) away from another magazine cover. Meanwhile, John Ratzenberger is tuning up for his next Pixar gig.
The Cheers gang is having a moment, and it only reminds me how much I had missed them. The recent Seinfeld reunion hype actually made me ache for a reunion of a cast that I actually adored. Those characters were our friends, weren’t they? I suppose Frazier said it best in the finale (scroll to 1:30):
Has a show ever featured so many colorful, beloved characters? Do you feel like Cheers‘ greatness has been overshadowed by Seinfeld and Friends? Wouldn’t it be a great Curb Your Enthusiasm plot-point if Ted Danson and Jerry Seinfeld were bitter enemies?