Showtime entered the faux Hollywood game with “Fat Actress,” and while the reviews were mixed, it brought Kirstie Alley back to the small screen in a, er, big way.
Like HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Actress” took real-life celebrities, such as John Travolta, and interspersed them throughout the series with fictional scenarios.
Says Linda Stasi of the New York Post: “It’s fresh and funny. It’s what reality TV can be.”
Alley, with two Emmys on her shelf, had enough self-confidence to star in the laffer that was often at its funniest when she was mocking herself.
Clearly, this is a woman who doesn’t really care all that much about what people think of her private life. When accepting the Emmy for her role on “Cheers” in 1991, she proudly told those assembled in the audience and millions watching on TV that she wanted to thank husband Parker Stevenson for “giving me the big one.”
Despite an expansive marketing campaign by Showtime, ratings for the series were disappointing, and there’s no word on whether the show will be picked up for a second season.