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‘Seinfeld’s Michael Richards To Co-Star In TV Land’s Kirstie Alley Pilot, Gilles Marini To Guest

By | Tuesday December 4, 2012 @ 11:21am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: In his first regular series role in more than a decade, Seinfeld alum Michael Richards is set to co-star opposite Cheers‘ Kirstie Alley and Rhea Perlman in the TV Land pilot Giant Baby. Also joining the pilot created by Marco Pennette is Gilles Marini as a guest star/potential recurring.

Giant Baby revolves around Madison “Maddie” Banks (Alley), a Broadway star who finds her life turned upside down when Arlo (Eric Petersen), her long-lost son, turns up looking to connect after his adopted mother dies. Richards will play Maddie’s limo driver. Marini will play her chef. Perlman plays Maddie’s long-suffering assistant and best friend. The castings of Richards, Alley and Perlman are part of TV Land’s strategy to bring to its original shows some of the biggest sitcom stars of the past couple of decades. Richards is with Abrams Artists, Marini with SDB Partners. Read More »

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Eric Petersen Lands Co-Lead Opposite Kirstie Alley In TV Land Pilot ‘Giant Baby’

By | Tuesday November 6, 2012 @ 11:31am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Theater actor Eric Petersen is set to co-star opposite Kirstie Alley in the TV Land pilot Giant Baby. Created by Marco Pennette, the project revolves around Madison “Maddie” Banks (Alley), a Broadway star who finds her life turned upside down when Arlo (Petersen), her long-lost son, turns up looking to connect after his adopted mother has died. In addition to Alley, Petersen, repped by Bauman Redanty & Shaul, joins Rhea Perlman in the pilot. He played the title role in the national tour of Shrek The Musical and currently co-stars on Broadway in Peter And The Star Catcher.

Related: ‘Cheers’ Reunion: Rhea Perlman To Co-Star In Kirstie Alley’s ‘Giant Baby’

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‘Cheers’ Reunion – Rhea Perlman To Co-Star In Kirstie Alley’s TV Land Comedy Pilot

By | Thursday October 25, 2012 @ 10:42am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Cheers was once a staple on TV Land. Now the cable network, which has shifted its focus from classic sitcom reruns to original comedy series, is reuniting two of the stars of iconic the NBC series. Rhea Perlman is set to co-star opposite Kirstie Alley in the TV Land pilot Giant Baby. Created by Marco Pennette, the project revolves around Madison “Maddie” Banks (Alley), a Broadway star who finds her life turned upside down when Arlo, her long-lost son, turns up looking to connect after his adopted mother has died. Perlman will play Thelma, Maddie’s long-suffering assistant and best friend, who encourages her boss to form a relationship with her son. “We’ve hit the jackpot getting Kirstie and Rhea back together,” said Keith Cox, TV Land’s EVP Development and Original Programming. “It’s a dream to work with such talented comedic actors like these ladies and create a show for them that’s funny and has interesting characters — Giant Baby hits all of those notes.” Read More »

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TV Land Orders Comedy Presentation From Marco Pennette Starring Kirstie Alley

By | Thursday September 27, 2012 @ 12:55pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

TV Land has given a cast-contingent presentation order to Giant Baby, a multi-camera comedy written by Marco Pennette starring Cheers alumna Kirstie Alley. The project centers on Madison “Maddie” Banks (Alley), a Broadway star who finds her life turned upside down when Owen, the son she gave up for adoption 26 years ago, turns up looking to connect after his adopted mother dies. “We’ve had our eye on Kirstie Alley for a long time, and we finally got her!” said TV Land president Larry W. Jones.

TV Land brass took a look at Pennette’s ABC pilot The Manzanis after the network passed on it in May. The multi-camera comedy also starred Alley, as well as her former Cheers co-star Rhea Perlman. Ultimately, TV Land opted to develop a new project with Pennette and Alley. It resulted in Giant Baby, which the two executive produce with Alley’s manager Jason Weinberg. Read More »

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