Alley To Poke Fun At Image With 'Fat Actress' Reality Show
POSTED: 11:42 am EDT July 23, 2004
UPDATED: 12:02 pm EDT July 23, 2004
Former "Cheers" star Kirstie Alley is taking on the tabloids and Hollywood attitudes with a new reality series that pokes fun at her weight.
Cable network Showtime has announced that Alley will star in "Fat Actress" -- a six-episode half-hour "hybrid comedy reality series."
In the show, Showtime said, Alley will play fictional version of herself -- "a successful television and movie star whose weight gain has become the subject of every tabloid imaginable as well as the bane of her existence as she tries to find work and true love in an unforgiving Hollywood."
The show will be unscripted and dialogue will largely be improvised, said Showtime.
"Kirstie Alley came to see us -- with 24 dozen Krispy Kremes in hand - and said she was so tired of seeing unflatteringly fat pictures of herself on the cover of The Star that it was time for her to send-up her own image as well as Hollywood's obsession with weight and beauty," said Showtime President of Entertainment Robert Greenblatt in a statement. "Kirstie is an incredibly gifted comedian and a beautiful woman (regardless of her size), and we jumped at the chance to go behind the scenes of her life in a unique comedy series format which will blend reality and fiction."
In addition to playing Rebecca Howe on "Cheers," Alley has starred in the series "Veronica's Closet," as well as the "Look Who's Talking" films opposite John Travolta.
And while Showtime doesn't start shooting "Fat Actress" until fall, she appears to be already happy with her new gig.
"Finally, a network that feels just like home," Alley said in the show's announcement. "They don't give a damn how much I eat or how many men I sleep with as long as it's on camera."
Showtime said the show will start shooting in Los Angeles in September and air in 2005.