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Exclusive: Kirstie Alley to Headline TV Land Comedy Pilot Giant Baby

Kirstie Alley New ShowKirstie Alley is returning to her comedy roots as the star of the potential new TV Land sitcom Giant Baby, TVLine has learned exclusively.

The cabler has ordered a cast-contingent presentation – a short teaser to give the network a feel for the potential pilot/series – that stars the current Dancing With the Stars hoofer as Maddie Banks, a Broadway star who comes face-to-face with the son she gave up for adoption 26 years before. Because the young man, Owen, is a nerdy schlub, Maddie tries to make him over to better fit her fabulous lifestyle. And when that backfires, she realizes it might be time to change herself a bit, too.

Baby is written and exec-produced by Animal Practice showrunner Marco Pennette (Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives) with Alley and Jason Weinberg (Kirstie Alley’s Big Life) also exec-producing.

Alley played Cheers’ Rebecca Howe for seven years and headlined her own NBC sitcom, Veronica’s Closet, for three seasons. Her most recent series was Kirstie Alley’s Big Life, a semi-scripted reality show about her life and weight-loss attempts.