Jerry Seinfeld bringing reality series to NBC

NEW YORK - Jerry Seinfeld is headed back to NBC as the producer of a comic reality series about marriage.

The series, called 'The Marriage Ref,' will feature a real-life couple involved in a marital spat. A team of celebrities will provide commentary and a 'referee,' whose identity hasn't been determined, will give the final verdict on who is right and wrong.

Rare Superman comic for sale

NEW YORK - A rare copy of the Action comic book that launched Superman as the first superhero is coming up for auction.

Comic book expert Stephen Fishler said bidding for the comic book begins at $1 and is sure to go up, up and away. It originally cost 10 cents in 1938.

He said copies of Action Comics No. 1 in 'fine' condition are worth about $126,000, but this one could sell for several times that. About 100 copies of the No. 1 edition are known to exist.

The owner, who was not identified, bought the sale magazine for 35 cents in 1950 and held onto it for 58 years. It will be on auction for two weeks beginning today.

Fishler and Vincent Zurzolo, co-owners of Metropolis Collectibles, will offer it on their Web site, www.comicconnect.com.

No unanimous agreement reached at Piven hearing

NEW YORK - No agreement has been reached in the Jeremy Piven grievance hearing.

Piven appeared Thursday at the session requested by the producers of 'Speed-the-Plow,' which the performer abruptly quit in December after his doctor said he was suffering from mercury poisoning.

But after hearing from both parties, a panel composed of Actors' Equity and Broadway League representatives were unable to reach a unanimous decision. A joint statement issued by the union and the Broadway producers' trade association said 'the producers have the right, as a next step, to proceed to arbitration.'