TV Land Cancels Kirstie Alley’s Sitcom ‘Kirstie’

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TV Land has cancelled Kirstie after airing one season of the comedy series.

Kirstie revolves around Madison “Maddie” Banks, a renowned Broadway star who finds her life turned upside down when Arlo, the son she gave up at birth, suddenly appears hoping to connect after his adoptive parents have died. Maddie doesn’t exactly see nerdy and schlubby Arlo fitting in with her luxurious lifestyle, but when Maddie’s assistant and best friend, Thelma, and outlandish driver Frank encourage her to give Arlo a chance, Maddie is shocked to find that perhaps she has motherly instincts after all.

The comedy series aired just one 12 episode season and had a crossover episode TV Lands flagship series Hot In Cleveland, which aired last month. Kirstie was toplined by Cheers star Kirstie Alley and had a cast consisting of 1990s sitcom stars Rhea Perlman and Michael Richards. Eric Petersen also starred. The comedy had middling ratings and the news of the cancelation, first reported by Deadline, follows the departure of showrunner Marco Pennette, who created the series.

For TV Land, Kirstie becomes the first comedy not to make it to a second season since the network began their push into originals back in 2010 with the aforementioned Hot In Cleveland. Other previous comedies, such as Happily Divorced and Retired At 35, have made it to at least a second season before the network pulled the plug. That said, the network is not hurting for original content. TV Land recently launched single camera comedy Jennifer Falls and has Darren Star’s Younger on tap for later this year.