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TV Land Gives the Green Light on New Original Series, ‘Kirstie’

For The Parthenon

Published: Monday, December 2, 2013

Updated: Monday, December 2, 2013 23:12

In a world flooded with reality television shows, TV Land expects to find new success by relying on old tactics. The network brings on a new comedy taking old school rules of one-liners and on screen chemistry to bring what may be America’s next favorite comedy to its lineup.

Kirstie Alley plays Broadway star Madison Banks in TV Land’s upcoming sitcom “Kirstie,” and she is also credited as the executive producer for the series.

The show dives right into the plot from the first scene. “Maddie” Banks is a Broadway diva who is reluctantly reunited with her long lost son Arlo (Eric Petersen). Maddie, who was on the verge of becoming a star, gave up Arlo at birth for adoption. With the help of her quick-witted assistant and best friend Thelma (Rhea Perlman), Maddie tries to embrace her maternal side by bringing Arlo into her show business driven world.

Alley has emerged as a great actress in her generation, proving time and again she is capable of great depth and range, as well as possessing a comedic timing second to none.  While Alley is credited as the main star, the real diamonds in the rough are the ones who bring the show to its full comedic potential. Her supporting cast includes Michael Richards who plays driver Frank and Pearlman who plays Maddie’s personal assistant. The chemistry between the cast members is flawlessly natural and their ability to play off of one another may be the key for success in the upcoming series.

This show strays away from current television cultures of reality-based shows and those with intense and intertwined plotlines requiring constant observance. “Kirstie” is a lighthearted comedy that is enjoyable for adults of all ages. It’s the type of show that doesn’t require a lot of thought on behalf of the viewer but still manages to provide a series of laughs throughout the 22-minute episodes.

While the rating success is still to be determined after the premiere, the show is worth a view or two and provides a quick escape from the dull and boring routines of everyday life.

Although the show borders on the line of almost being “cheesy,” to be put simply, it works. Sometimes a little bit of “cheese” is the perfect side to your glass of wine.

The show premieres on TV Land at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Evan Fowler can be contacted at


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