TV Land Greenlights Original Sitcom 'Kirstie’s New Show' Starring Kirstie Alley

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February 15th, 2013

via press release:

Rhea Perlman, Michael Richards And Eric Petersen
Also Star In Series Premiering Fall 2013
New York, NY – February 15, 2013 – 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.


  • Oliver

    No surprise given the cast. The pilot would have had to have been unwatchable.

  • Tony JJ

    that name! Are they kidding? That’s definitely the worst name for a TV Show ever.

    “What are you watching?”

    “Kirstie’s New Show.”

    “What’s it called?”

    “Kirstie’s New Show..”

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  • John

    Ditto on the terrible title. I guess they completely ran out of ideas. “Let’s just call it Kirstie’s New Show and break for lunch.”

    It’s a good cast though. I’ll check it out.

  • cb

    Kirstie’s New Show is still better than Giant Baby.

  • Shepherd

    This show is so DOA. Of course, all of the Kristie fans will blame Michael Richards once it happens. I’ll bet he just plays Kramer as a chauffeur, let’s hope he doesn’t for his sake.

    It would be nice to see the show go on for 5-6 seasons though; then they could do a ‘morphing Kristie’ a la Rosanne Barr. :)

  • Sam

    Horrible name, great cast.

    I do like me some Kirstie Allie too, very talented woman.

  • david

    Bad name for the show but, good cast.

  • Tony JJ

    Seriously I still can’t believe someone thought that that was actually a good title for a show. As bad as Giant Baby was as a title, I think Kirstie’s New Show is worse. I mean really? They should at least put (Working Title) next to the name so people know they plan on changing it, which hopefully they do before it airs.

  • Oliver

    It’s a TVLand show. It only needs 0.3 in 18-49 to be renewed.

    I believe these shows work on a similar principle to Anger Management and the Tyler Perry shows, where the idea is to make it cheaply and get it into syndication, and the stars have a back-end deal with the production company rather than taking a salary.

  • BG

    Great cast!!! I’m glad they decided to ditch the name “Giant Baby”

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