Kirstie Alley to Star in Reality Series
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Kirstie Alley plans to return to the small screen in an unscripted docu-series for A&E -- chronicling her continuing fight to lose weight while raising two teenagers alone.
With 10 episodes confirmed, the untitled reality show will run sometime in 2010, Variety reports.
"Kirstie is exactly the kind of star A&E is drawn to," an A&E executive told Variety. "Her personal life has been playing out in the media for years, but this will be the first time she'll be opening up her home to reveal her real life for the cameras."
Alley's last TV series was 2005's Fat Actress, the half-improvised, half-scripted Showtime show in which she played herself.
The star of Cheers and Veronica's Closet -- and former Jenny Craig spokesperson -- will reportedly launch a weight loss program as the cameras roll, Variety says. She will also, the article notes, be "producing a feature film, patenting multiple inventions, working hard to raise two normal Hollywood teenagers, taking care of eight ringtail lemurs and, on top of everything, looking for love."
Married to actor Parker Stevenson from 1983 until 1997, Alley and her ex-husband have two adopted children: William, 17, and Lillie, 15. The California resident has a vacation home in Maine.
Alley lost 75 pounds as a Jenny Craig spokesperson, revealing her bikini body on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2006. Earlier this year, however, she returned to Winfrey's show to confess that she had ultimately gained 85 pounds -- weighing in at above 200 pounds.
"It's humiliating," she told Winfrey. "The most painful thing for me is that I have all these people that I inspired and then I let them down."
On Monday, Alley took to Twitter to announce yet another Oprah appearance: "I AM GOING to be on Oprah tomorrow..some fun news to announce," she wrote.