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Kirstie Alley, Fat Actress

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Cheers star Kirstie Alley will star in a new comedy reality show, Fat Actress, loosely based on herself.

The six-episode comedy will debut next year on Showtime. In other Showtime news, the pay cable net says MGM is adapting its film franchise, Barbershop, into a new half-hour comedy.

The network is also currently mulling six previously announced series pilots, three comedies and three dramas.

The comedies include Weeds, which stars Mary Louise Parker as a suburban mother who deals marijuana on the side; Pryor Offenses, based on comedian Richard Pryor’s life (the comic is one of the executive producers); and What’s Not to Love, based on comedian Jonathan Ames' take on downtown Manhattanites.

On the drama side,  pilots include terrorism drama The Cell; Hate, a crime drama about New York’s hate crimes unit; and an unnamed show about two Providence, R.I. brothers, one  a gangster and the other a state politician.

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