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TELEVISION REVIEW

‘Marriage Ref’ has too few funny riffs

Host Tom Papa (left) with the panel for the first episode of “The Marriage Ref’’: (from left) Alec Baldwin, Kelly Ripa, and Jerry Seinfeld. Host Tom Papa (left) with the panel for the first episode of “The Marriage Ref’’: (from left) Alec Baldwin, Kelly Ripa, and Jerry Seinfeld. (Patrick Harbron/NBC)
By Matthew Gilbert
Globe Staff / March 2, 2010

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NBC is desperate to escape the low-ratings ditch it’s in, to move forward after the “Jay Leno Show’’ debacle. But I don’t think “The Marriage Ref’’ is going to provide a tow. In fact, the Jerry Seinfeld-produced reality show may just slide backward into the ditch and push NBC farther down into the hole. (Full article: 667 words)

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