She's a Broadway star, he's a Civil War re-enactor who works at a donut shop, and together they're ... a very odd couple. Well, not a couple couple, but rather an odd pair: She's his mom.
That's "Cheers" alum Kirstie Alley as actress Maddie Banks and Broadway star Eric Petersen ("Shrek") as Arlo Barth, the 26-year-old man who shows up outside the theater one night with a big surprise: He's her son, the one she gave up for adoption decades ago. And, no spoilers, but the self-involved Maddie isn't exactly thrilled about this new person in her life (and the fact that he's proof that she isn't really 35).
"Kirstie," which joins TV Land's original series lineup on Dec. 4, reunites Alley with her "Cheers" co-star Rhea Perlman, who plays Thelma, Maddie's wise-cracking best friend and personal assistant.
The series also stars Michael Richards as Frank, Maddie's driver, who, yes, has more than a few mannerisms in common with a certain Cosmo Kramer. In the premiere, Frank even has a Kramer-like scheme going with Maddie's car.
Like TV Land's other original series — including the hit "Hot in Cleveland" — the first season of "Kirstie" will be packed with celebrity guest stars, including Alley's pal and "Look Who's Talking" movies co-star John Travolta, and, for a little "Seinfeld" reunion, Jason Alexander.
Until then, sit back and enjoy the comedy mileage the "Kirstie" gang gets out of the name of the donut shop where Arlo works.
"Kirstie" premieres Dec. 4 at 10 p.m. on TV Land.
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