Jerry Seinfeld doesn’t see “The Marriage Ref,” which looks at the petty conflicts of real-life couples, as a reality show. “I see it more as a comedy,” he says.
“The idea is that when you are married, you wish you had a referee who could just walk out of a closet, listen to both sides of an issue and decide who’s right and who’s wrong.”
Three celebrity panels weigh in. The guests so far have ranged from Alec Baldwin to Madonna, both of whom aren’t known for having ideal marriages.
Seinfeld says the premise came to him after he and his wife had a minor tiff and he asked a friend to moderate. His wife agreed to it.
“I told (the friend), ‘I want you to call this like a baseball. One of us is either safe or out because I don’t want to talk about this for two hours.”
“The Marriage Ref” airs at 9 p.m. Thursdays on NBC.
Other highlights for the week of April 4-10 (listings subject to change):
SUNDAY: “Good Luck Charlie” (8:30 p.m., Disney Channel). A family is drawn around the antics of a baby.
MONDAY: “As The World Turns” (1 p.m., CBS). Movie actress Julianne Moore makes a one-episode appearance, reprising the role that helped launch her career years ago.
• “Runaway Squad” (10 p.m., A&E). The series chronicles the life and work of former New York Police Department Detective Joe Mazzilli and his team of private investigators.
TUESDAY: “Biggest Loser” (7 p.m., NBC). An immunity challenge involves losing 2 percent body fat in a hurry.
WEDNESDAY: “Accidentally on Purpose” (7:30 p.m., CBS). G-4 personality Olivia Munn plays a hot baby nurse who stirs up trouble.
THURSDAY: “The Office” (8 p.m., NBC). In a repeat of one of the season’s best episodes, Michael gets caught in a lie — having promised high-school students he’d pay for their college expenses.
FRIDAY: “Garage Mahal” (9 p.m., DIY). Jay Leno’s garage gets a makeover even Conan O’Brien might approve of.