One of Kirstie Alley's greatest joys is to cheer viewers, and she's getting back to that mission weekly.
After her stints on "Cheers" and "Veronica's Closet," plus her two spins on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," the Emmy winner is now the star and an executive producer of the aptly titled TV Land sitcom "Kirstie." The show debuts with back-to-back episodes Wednesday, Dec. 4, but one of the ironies of the title is that her character has a different name.
Alley's newest alter ego is Madison "Maddie" Banks, a Broadway diva whose glamorous and self-centered life is upended by the sudden reappearance of a part of her past: Arlo (Eric Petersen), the now-grown son she gave up for adoption long ago. Deciding to make a new start with her sometimes star-struck offspring, Maddie is counseled by her assistant, Thelma (Alley's "Cheers" mate Rhea Perlman) and chauffeur Frank (Michael Richards, alias »
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