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Louis-Dreyfus Finds Herself On "Christine"

Julia Louis-Dreyfus returns to CBS tonight on "The New Adventures of Old Christine," reprising her Emmy-winning role.

It's been almost one year since the show first launched and it seems to have broken the "Seinfeld" curse. After "Seinfeld" ended, the show's actors struggled to find hits. Michael Richards and Jason Alexander starred in flops.

But "The New Adventures of Old Christine" is one of CBS's most successful shows.

"It's been kind of a dream come true, to tell you the truth," Dreyfus told The Early Show co-anchor Julie Chen. "Not kind of, it has been a dream come true. Finding the right material was critical. I took a breather for a long period of time, and I had young kids during 'Seinfeld' but that was good. I did luck out with this material, I have to say. I read this script and I flipped for it. Sort of a show about womanhood and motherhood, warts and all."


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Dreyfus plays Christine, a very relatable, nutty and loveable divorced mother. But she's not just "Seinfeld's" Elaine 10 years later if she had gotten married, had a kid, and then divorced. Dreyfus said Christine and Elaine might not even get along. Although Dreyfus is happily married, she can relate with Christine.

"You know, I am a nervous mom and I really, really want to do the right thing by my kids," she said. "One of my boys said when I was — there was a scene in which I was kissing my son on the show a lot and he — and he turned to a friend of his and he goes, 'Yeah, she does that to me.' "

Since the show launched, comedian Wanda Sykes has joined the cast.

"What's really fun is when we were shooting in front of our live audience and if Wanda goes up on a line or screws something up, she starts swearing a blue streak and people love it," Dreyfus said. "They love it."

Back-to-back episodes of "The New Adventures of Old Christine" begin tonight at 9 p.m. ET and 8 p.m. Central. Next week, it moves to its new time slot, Monday night at 8:30 p.m. ET and 7:30 p.m. Central.