Kirstie Alley: TV Land Cancels Her Sitcom

By: Kimberly Ripley - July 30, 2014

Kirstie Alley was hoping for a huge comeback with her TV Land sitcom, Kirstie. Now it seems as though that comeback simply wasn’t meant to be. The network has officially cancelled the show after just one season.

Alley played the role of Madison Banks, a woman who gave up her son at birth twenty-six years ago. When that son (played by Eric Peterson) wants to reconnect, things change. That reconnection wreaks all sorts of havoc in her life as a Broadway star. Kirstie Alley actually had a pretty impressive cast on Kirstie that included Rhea Perlman (Cheers) and Michael Richards of Seinfeld fame.

Alley took to Twitter to express her momentary disappointment.

Shortly thereafter she turned her attention to philanthropy instead of wallowing in her sorrow.

Kirstie Alley hasn’t been part of a huge hit show on TV since she played her long-running role as Rebecca Howe on the critically acclaimed sitcom Cheers. Her most recent successful TV appearance came on Dancing With the Stars. She was a contestant on the show during its twelfth season, and even though she didn’t win, she and pro dance partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy were the runners up.

In addition to her acting career, Kirstie Alley launched a weight loss company called Organic Liaison. She claims the products from her line helped facilitate her successful weight loss back in 2011. Alley is also a devout Scientologist and was very outspoken when actress Leah Remini (King of Queens) recently defected from the organization.

Kirstie likely had more glitches during its first (and ultimately final) season than most sitcoms experience. The show’s creator and showrunner exited the series at the end of season one.

Were you a fan of Kirstie Alley’s TV Land show Kirstie? Are you disappointed to learn that the network isn’t renewing it for a second season?

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Kimberly RipleyKimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.

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  • Diane Evans

    Ha, good! Who wants to see her anyway?? She bashes Leah Rimini for getting out of the cult, Scientology, well who’s laughing now? Rimini has reality show and she gets the “boot”! I love it!

  • mitty

    OMG I am so surprised; it had such good quality writing; and actors the caliber of benevolent champion of racial equality Michael Richards

    • Jeff L

      What’s your problem. What are you a saint? Big deal, Richards was doing a comedy routine, got heckled and got carried away. So what. Blacks do it all the time – all of the time. What’s your comment about them? Jackhole!

  • Rikki

    The cast was good but the chemistry was missing. I had trouble with the son’s character. Just didn’t like it.

  • Amari

    Her show sucks too harsh… her show was terrible, especially having Michael Richards on the show, that whole N word thing made me cringe anytime he was on the camera, I happen to love Leah Rimini ,and her attitude towards Leah is not winning over me as a fan just stick to you Jenny Craig’s deal ,and give acting a break

    • Jeff L

      Michael Richards is great. It was great to have him back where he should be with his comic genius – on TV. You? Didn’t realize God was commenting here.
      By the way, blacks have gone after whites for decades and still do – where is your comment about them? Or are ‘you’ just plain racist.

  • MIKE

    everybody deserves a second chance, Kristy & Michael. I think they were brilliant on the show I think the 2nd season would have ironed out the arkwardness of the son’s charactor I don’t agree with alleys bashing of leah and also do not agree with Michaels n word situation but like I said if you believe in the lord God you would have gave them a second chance because thats what God taught FORGIVING!!!!!!!!

  • Arlene LaBella

    I knew this show would never last long. None of her shows ever lasted for more than one season. She just appears to be a low life, common person with no class or sophistication and her language and demeanor is par for the course. I’m so glad they took this show off the air.

  • Author Unknown

    Never did like her in “Cheers”.

  • kerry agkody

    This is the best news I’ve heard in a long time.. What , she don’t care , BS.. she is an old used up actor that NO ONE wants to see or hear from anymore.. She’s a loud mouth , hypocrite , with no talent.. and weather she wants to admit it or not , LEAH has over came all her lies , bad mouthing , and back stabbing.. Leah has went on to being a wonderful human being & an inspiration , and as for Kirstie , well her show got cancelled so that pretty much sums it up.. GO AWAY KIRSTIE , no one is interested in your BS anymore.. And we all know you are envious of Leah , so put your tail between your ham hocks and don’t come back until you find some manners.

  • al daya

    loose some pounds

  • New Yorker

    Good!

  • lindy west

    Wow, shocking. Perhaps it is time she retires.

  • Jeff L

    Except for Kirstie, the show was funny. She/her character was too over-the-top, too boisterous Kirstie’s not a draw. They should find another comedy for Rhea, Michael and Eric. We loved having Michael Richards back.

  • Jeff L

    Do you know that Seinfeld was going to be pulled off the air after their first season.
    They made some changes in the show and, as they say, the rest is history!