'The Marriage Ref,' premiering Sunday on NBC
REASON TO WATCH: Hey, its executive producer is Jerry Seinfeld. Unfortunately, no review copy of Sunday's half-hour preview (the regular time slot is Thursday at 10 p.m.) was made available by NBC.
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Visiting celeb judges — Madonna, Ricky Gervais, Larry David, Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Eva Longoria, Charles Barkley and others — watch a married couple brawl over some trivial power struggle, then convince host Tom Papa which spouse is right. Papa then renders his binding verdict.
Papa, by the way, is a veteran standup and spent nearly a decade on the road with Seinfeld. Of the new show, Seinfeld promises: "There's no question that you're going to watch us and go, 'Well, this feels unlike anything I've ever seen.'"
MY SAY: I actually have high hopes for "Ref." Arguments in marriage can be ridiculous — as long as they don't lead to divorce court. If "Ref" can mine this without becoming cloying, trite or dumb, NBC has a winner.
THE MARRIAGE REF
10:30 p.m. Sunday