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Showtime’s Alley ‘Fat’ on DVD fast track

'Actress' hits shelves in a hurry

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

The window of less than 90 days is far shorter than that for typical Showtime series, which tend to see DVD release six 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 half-hour 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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