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Review: TV Land's 'Kirstie' is just plain bad

First Published Dec 04 2013 11:04AM      Last Updated Dec 04 2013 11:17 am

| Courtesy "Kirstie" premieres Wednesday, Dec. 4, on TV Land.

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."

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.

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p class="TEXT_w_Indent">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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