Jason Alexander, ‘Seinfeld’s’ George, Snares CBS Detective Pilot

by | December 8, 2010 at 4:02 PM | Casting News, TV News

Jason Alexander (Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Jason Alexander (Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

With two short-lived sitcoms under his belt since the end of ‘Seinfeld,‘ Jason Alexander is trying his hand at drama, playing a detective in a pilot for CBS, Variety reports.

The man who will be forever known as sneaky, scheming, insecure George Costanza on ‘Seinfeld’ will get an executive producer’s credit on this new project, which does not yet have a title.

Variety says Alexander’s character will be an actor “who’s down on his luck” and in need of employment. So he goes to work for a detective agency run by his ex-wife. As an investigator, the character’s acting know-how will apparently come in handy as he dons a variety of disguises to outmaneuver the bad guys.

After ‘Seinfeld’ ended its run in May 1998, Alexander starred in a sitcom for ABC – ‘Bob Patterson‘ – as a self-help guru. The show was canceled after only a few weeks. A few seasons after that, he played a sports-radio personality in the comedy ‘Listen Up!‘ for CBS. That show lasted a season.

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Since then, Alexander has guest-starred (along with his ‘Seinfeld’ pals) on ‘Seinfeld’ co-creator Larry David’s HBO comedy ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm‘ and other shows, most notably CBs’s ‘Criminal Minds.

If this new pilot gets picked up for a series, three out of the four principal stars of ‘Seinfeld’ could wind up on TV at the same time – Alexander, Jerry Seinfeld on his NBC show ‘The Marriage Ref‘ and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the title role of ‘Veep,’ an HBO comedy in development about a female vice president of the United States. Michael Richards – beloved as Kramer on ‘Seinfeld’ – would be the only one of the four without a series.

We wish Jason Alexander well in his bid to leave the George Costanza character behind once and for all. But is that legendary character just too indelible for us to imagine Alexander in any other role?