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Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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| Courtesy "Kirstie" premieres Wednesday, Dec. 4, on TV Land.
Review: TV Land's 'Kirstie' is just plain bad

I really like Kirstie Alley. I wanted to like her new sitcom, Kirstie (Wednesday, 11 and 11:30 p.m., TV Land).

But it's terrible. A throwback to '70s sitcoms in the worst possible way. With an emphasis on "worst."

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Alley stars as Madison Banks, an egotistical Broadway star who, 26 years ago, put her baby up for adoption so that she wouldn't miss out on a role. That baby is now 26-year-old Arlo (Eric Petersen), who has located Madison and is anxious to meet her.

Madison, however, is mostly worried that if people know she has a 26-year-old son they'll realize she's not 39. As if there was any chance of anyone believing she's 39.

She quickly shoves him out the door and hands him a copy of her autobiography.

It will come as no surprise that the two begin forming a relationship. That's how predictable sitcoms go. And "Kirstie" is entirely predictable - it seems constructed out of pieces of a lot of old sitcoms.

Including the cast. Alley's old "Cheers" co-star, Rhea Perlman, co-stars as Madison's tough-talking assistant, Thelma. And ex-"Seinfeld" cast member Michael Richards co-stars as Madson's driver, Frank.

What we quickly learn about Richards is that he can only play Kramer - Frank has the same mannerisms and speech patterns. And that it's still hard to look at Richards and not think of his racist outburst that went viral a few years ago.

There is the occasional laugh in "Kirstie." And both Alley and Petersen have some charm.

But this is one bad sitcom.

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