Five months after “Kirstie” aired its last episode for the first season, TV Land has decided that the show will no longer be renewed. Read on to learn more about the cancellation of “Kirstie.”
Deadline was the first to report that Kirstie Allen’s show, which debuted on Dec. 4, 2013 and ran for 12 episodes, has been canceled by TV Land. The decision to end the series was due to the fact that it wasn’t well-received both in the ratings and by its target viewers despite featuring veteran TV stars and comedians like Rhea Perlman (“Cheers”), Michael Richards (“Seinfeld”) and Eric Petersen.
Marco Pennette, the creator and showrunner of “Kirstie,” already left the series right after its finale last February. His departure from the show could also be part of the reason why the cable network has decided to cancel the series.
“Kirstie” was supposed to be a comeback gig for Kirstie Alley, who starred in the ratings favorite “Cheers,” from 1987 to 1993, and “Veronica’s Closet,” from 1997 to 2000. Both shows aired on NBC.
The show centered around a Broadway star named Maddie Banks (Alley) who got to meet her long-lost son, Arlo (Eric Petersen), soon after his adoptive mother’s death. Perlman, who worked with Alley on “Cheers,” played the best friend and personal assistant on “Kirstie,” while Richards was the star’s eccentric driver.
In March 2014, the character of Maddie Banks appeared in one episode of “Hot in Cleveland,” which also airs on TV Land.
On her Twitter account, Alley made no other mention of the cancellation, except to say that she’s going to rise about a sad news.
It takes me exactly 24 hours to recover from shitty news…not bad for tragedy..:) #RISE (you have 24 hours)…, 😉
— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) July 29, 2014
Danny De Vito, Perlman’s real-life partner, meanwhile, was more upfront about his disappointment with the cancellation. But Perlman, according to The Hollywood Reporter, has a new show lined up as the actress will be appearing in a story arc on “The Mindy Project” this fall.
Come on they canceled Kirstie! Fools!
— Danny DeVito (@DannyDeVito) July 29, 2014
And that’s the news about the cancellation of the comedy series “Kirstie,” which stars Kirstie Alley and which airs on TV Land. Check the video clip below for one last look at the series. Were you able to watch the first season during its run? Will you miss the show?
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