Apparently TV Land's upcoming series 'Kirstie's New Show' is going to be riding the nostalga wave as far as it will carry them.
The show, which will star 'Cheers' alum Kirstie Alley, has already revealed that another 'Cheers' star, Rhea Perlman, would be a regular as well. But 'Kirstie' is not content to just corner the market on adored '80s programming - it wants the '90s best as well. To that end, 'Seinfeld's Michael Richards will also be a regular cast member and Jason Alexander has been announced as a guest star.
Now the latest familiar face announced is another legendary 'Cheers' figure. George Wendt, will guest star as Duke Bainbridge, the ex-husband of Thelma (Perlman), who is Alley's character Madison Banks' best friend and assistant. Bainbridge is a professional pool player who cheated on Thelma throughout their marriage. He wants a second chance - which Thelma is willing to give, but Madison is not.
In the show, Banks is a Broadway star whose world is rocked when her son (Eric Petersen) shows up to reconnect with her (she is his biological mother but put him up for adoption). Richards will be playing Banks' oddball driver, while Alexander will appear as her Broadway agent.
Some might call it desperate, but I love these castings. Nostalgia is huge and I think this show should go all out with it. Load up on guest stars and familiar series regulars where it can. Given the network it is on – TV Land – that would seem like an inspired move and likely draw it some fantastic attention and press.
Are you excited to see this series?