TV Land debuted its new comedy “Kirstie” Wednesday (Dec. 4), a sitcom starring “Cheers” alums Kirstie Alley and Rhea Perlman plus “Seinfeld” alum Michael Richards. One would think with the sitcom pedigree gracing the small screen for TV Land’s new “Kirstie,” the comedy would be better.
Unfortunately, the show looks and feels like something made 20 years ago — except not as funny as the gems of 20 years ago. The laughs, when there are some, are cheap. A Viagra joke? “Suck it, Angelina Jolie,” as if she cares about some Broadway actress being put on the cover of People.
As if a Broadway diva would be on the cover of People. Is this set in the 1950s?
It’s not devoid of bright spots — there was a lovely moment when Alley’s character Maddie is telling assistant Thelma (Perlman) about giving her son up for adoption. “I’m not a mother,” she concludes, and walks away.
Those moments are so few and far between.
What would’ve been excellent is if this show had gone satirical, gone meta. We know Alley can do it — “Fat Actress,” anyone? But instead, it goes for the retro feel that perhaps TV Land’s audience loves. “Hot in Cleveland” is going into its fifth season, after all.
Though so far, “Kirstie” makes “Hot in Cleveland” look like “Arrested Development.”
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