In a new video on YouTube, former Cheers co-star Kirstie Alley made the announcement that TV Land has picked up her new comedy pilot to series.
Back in December, TV Rage reported that Alley would be banding together with two of the most memorable sitcom stars in television history — her fellow Cheers co-star Rhea Perlman and Michael Richards of Seinfeld fame — for a TV Land comedy pilot originally called Giant Baby. The multi-camera project, now apparently entitled Kirstie's New Show, has landed a 12-episode order and will premiere in the fall.
"This cast is a TV Land dream team of stars," said TV Land President Larry W. Jones. "Seeing them all together is truly mind-blowing."
Created by Marco Pennette (Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty), Kirstie's New Show stars Alley as Madison "Maddie" Bank, a Broadway star who experiences a major upheaval in her life when her long-lost son attempts to connect after his adoptive mother dies.
Perlman will portray Maddie's long-suffering assistant and best friend named Thelma, who encourages her boss to form a relationship with her son, while Richards plays the outlandish limousine driver.
Eric Petersen, an actual Broadway star in productions of Peter And The Starcatcher and Shrek: The Musical, has been tapped for the role of Arlo, Maddie's full-grown giant baby of a son that she gave up for adoption years ago.
Gilles Marini (Brothers & Sisters) guest-stars in the pilot as Maddie's chef and may appear in a recurring role.
TV Land has been on a two-year mission to develop a television vehicle for Alley, who made her Hollywood debut in 1979 as a contestant on Match Game and went on to star in a variety of films and TV shows. For Richards, this will be his first regular role since NBC canceled The Michael Richards Show after eight episodes in 2000. It's been even longer for Perlman, who last starred on a TV series over 15 years ago in the CBS sitcom Pearl.
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