Big, ‘Fat,’ quick DVD deal

Showtime skein's 90 day window shorter than usual

In an effort to capitalize on unusually high publicity and awareness for a Showtime series, the network is rushing its Kirstie Alley series “Fat Actress” to DVD May 24.

The window of less than 90 days is far shorter than the typical Showtime series that tend to be released on DVD anywhere from six months to nine months after they premiere on the pay cabler. For instance, the fifth season of “Queer as Folk” will premiere in May but not reach DVD until January.

The premiere of the series March 7 ranked among the highest for Showtime. The seven-episode series of the half-hour sitcom about the actress, whose weight gain has become the subject of tabloids and creates hurdles for her in finding work, will be released as a two-disc set.

The quick turnaround and recent decision to do so has producers scrambling to put together bonus features, which they expect will include audio commentary by Alley and producers as well as footage from the gala premiere events.

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