Kirstie Alley's TV Land pilot, "Giant Baby," has been ordered to series under the new name, "Kirstie's New Show," the network announced last week. The sitcom, which will premiere this fall with 12 episodes, revolves around Alley, playing Broadway star Madison Banks. Her luxurious lifestyle is upended by an unexpected reunion with the son she gave up at birth.
Marco Pennette ("Ugly Betty," "Desperate Housewives") will write and executive-produce Alley's "New Show," which co-stars fellow "Cheers" alumni Rhea Perlman, "Seinfeld" veteran Michael Richards and Eric Peterson.
"Kirstie's New Show" will be Alley's first major starring role since cha-cha-cha-ing her way back into the national spotlight with two stints on "Dancing With the Stars," and she's very excited about it. And so is TV Land.
"We've been after Kirstie for two years, and now we found the perfect show for her and the perfect writer in Marco Pennette," said Keith Cox, executive vice president, development and original programming. Alley is also executive-producing her new sitcom with Jason Weinberg.