Multiple Emmy® Award-winner Kirstie Alley is lighting up the stage on TV Land as the network picks up “Kirstie’s New Show,” a new sitcom revolving around Alley as Broadway star Madison Banks. The sitcom reunites the actress with longtime friend and former “Cheers” co-star Rhea Perlman and pairs them with famed “Seinfeld” actor Michael Richards, both of whom have won multiple Emmy® Awards as well. “Kirstie’s New Show” also stars Eric Petersen (“Shrek: The Musical”) and will premiere in Fall 2013 with 12 episodes.
Alley took to Twitter today to announce the series and celebrate the good news (see her video announcement here).
“This cast is a TV Land dream team of stars. Seeing them all together is truly mind-blowing,” said TV Land President Larry W. Jones. “This series pick-up reaffirms our commitment to making broadcast quality original programming for a network whose brand stands for timeless entertainment.”
“We’ve been after Kirstie for two years, and now we found the perfect show for her and the perfect writer in Marco Pennette,” added Keith Cox, Executive Vice President, Development and Original Programming. “We are so excited to give a home to Kirstie and this amazing cast with a show that TV Land fans will love.”
“Kirstie’s New Show” revolves around Madison “Maddie” Banks, a renowned Broadway star who finds her life turned upside down when Arlo (Petersen), the son she gave up at birth, suddenly appears hoping to connect after his adoptive parents have died. However, Maddie doesn’t exactly see nerdy and schlubby Arlo fitting in with her luxurious lifestyle. But when Maddie’s assistant and best friend, Thelma (Perlman), and outlandish driver Frank (Richards) encourage her to give Arlo a chance, Maddie is shocked to find that perhaps she has motherly instincts after all.
“Kirstie’s New Show” (previously known as “Giant Baby”) is written and executive produced by Marco Pennette and is also executive produced by Kirstie Alley and Jason Weinberg. Larry W. Jones and Keith Cox serve as executive producers for TV Land.
Source: TV Land press release, 2/15/13