Kirstie (TV series)
|Created by||Marco Pennette|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||12|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Marco Pennete Productions|
|Original network||TV Land|
|Original release||December 4, 2013 – February 26, 2014|
Kirstie tells the story of Tony Award-winning actress Madison "Maddie" Banks as she navigates through life after Arlo, the son whom she gave up at birth, reappears. Arlo wishes to reconnect with his biological mother after his adoptive parents died. With her assistant, Thelma, and her driver, Frank, encouraging her, Maddie decides it's not too late to give motherhood a try.
Cast and characters
- Kirstie Alley as Madison "Maddie" Banks (born Brenda Kluszewski)
- Eric Petersen as Arlo Barth, Maddie's son
- Rhea Perlman as Thelma Katz, Maddie's personal secretary
- Michael Richards as Frank Baxter, Maddie's driver
- Jason Alexander as Stanford Temple, Maddie's agent
- Richard Burgi as Tony Cameron
- Kristin Chenoweth as Brittany Gold, the understudy for Madison Banks
- Kathy Griffin as a fictional version of herself
- Kristen Johnston as 'the real' Madison Banks
- Cloris Leachman as Shirley Kluszewski, Maddie's mother
- Gilles Marini as Michel, Maddie's first personal chef
- Christopher McDonald as Jeffrey Sheppard, Maddie's Broadway co-star
- Geoff Pierson as Hugh Winters
- Lucila Sola as Lucila, Maddie's second personal chef
- John Travolta as Mickey Russo
- George Wendt as Duke Bainbridge, Thelma's gay ex-husband
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|| Production
| U.S. viewers|
|1||"Pilot"||Andy Cadiff||Marco Pennette||December 4, 2013||101||N/A|
|Actress Maddie Banks has landed the female lead in the new hit Broadway show Worst Case Scenario, but her elation is cut short when the son she gave up for adoption 26 years ago shows up, announcing that his adoptive mother has died.|
|2||"Arlo Moves In"||Andy Cadiff||Mark Driscoll||December 4, 2013||111||N/A|
|Maddie promises to be present for a home-cooked meal that Arlo offered to prepare for her, but she runs into an old flame (Richard Burgi) after a performance of her show, and decides to hook up with him rather than head home for Arlo's dinner.|
|3||"Arlo's Birthday"||Anthony Rich||Danny Jacobson & Sarah Masson||December 11, 2013||109||0.79|
|After Maddie's attempt at throwing a party for Arlo's 27th birthday flops, she and the gang join him and his friends at a karaoke bar. It turns out that Arlo is a really good singer, causing Maddie to go overboard and try to make him a star.|
|4||"Little Bummer Boy"||Andy Cadiff||Heidi Perlman||December 18, 2013||103||0.91|
|Maddie's over-the-top attempt to give Arlo a special first Christmas with her is upended when he invites her abrasive mother (Cloris Leachman) as a surprise.|
|5||"The Girl Next Door"||Andy Cadiff||Danny Jacobson & Sarah Masson||January 1, 2014||108||0.81|
|When Kathy Griffin looks at a penthouse across the hall, Maddie goes to great lengths to remain the biggest star in her building. Unknown to Maddie, Arlo has been a huge fan of Griffin's for years. Arlo also develops a crush on Griffin's chef, Lucila (Lucila Sola), and convinces Maddie to hire her despite the fact that Lucila is an awful cook.|
|6||"Mickey & Maddie"||Andy Cadiff||Steve Baldikoski & Bryan Behar||January 8, 2014||107||0.78|
|After firing a stagehand named Mickey (John Travolta), Maddie consoles him with a one night stand, but then can't get rid of him. Frank asks Lucila, Arlo's crush, to be his tango partner in a dance competition.|
|7||"Like a Virgin"||Andy Cadiff||Marco Pennette||January 22, 2014||104||0.80|
|After learning that Arlo is a virgin, Maddie pays her understudy Brittany to seduce him. But things go awry when, after the act, Arlo says he is in love with Brittany and makes plans to spend the rest of his life with her.|
|8||"Maddie vs. Maddie"||Andy Cadiff||Steve Baldikoski & Bryan Behar||January 29, 2014||106||0.78|
|When Maddie encounters the real Madison Banks (Kristen Johnston), a waitress whose audition (and name) she stole over 25 years ago, she asks what she can do to make things right. The real Maddie suggests that they exchange lives for an evening, but she soon kidnaps Frank until the current Maddie agrees to a re-do of the audition in front of the original director.|
|9||"When They Met"||Andy Cadiff||Story by: Mark Driscoll|
Teleplay by: Andy Gordon
|February 5, 2014||110||0.73|
|After Frank irritates Maddie by not putting her name in his "Tony Nomination Pool" with other limo drivers, Arlo wonders how they ever got along. This leads Frank, Thelma and Maddie to recall when the three of them met in the 1980s.|
|10||"Thelma's Ex"||Andy Cadiff||Story by: Mark Driscoll|
Teleplay by: Heide Perlman
|February 12, 2014||105||0.63|
|Thelma's ex-husband Duke (George Wendt), a professional pool player, is in town to tell Thelma his womanizing days are over. Maddie finds a ring in Duke's coat pocket, fears that the two will get remarried, and freaks out over the prospect of losing Thelma. But Maddie couldn't be more wrong about Duke's intentions. Meanwhile, a bird gets loose in the apartment, causing Frank to slip and break Maddie's Tony Award.|
|11||"Maddie's Agent"||Andy Cadiff||Andy Gordon||February 19, 2014||102||0.68|
|Maddie has a hard time trying to fire her agent (Jason Alexander), whom she considers useless but can't get rid of because she fears firing people. Thelma must face her fear of identical twin girls who live in the building that creep her out like the children from The Shining, while Frank must face his fear of tunnels. Elsewhere, Arlo is being bullied by a coworker named Ahdoot, but he turns the tables when Ahdoot makes a pass at Lucila.|
|12||"The Dinner Party"||Andy Cadiff||Story by: Andy Gordon|
Teleplay by: Heidi Perlman and Mark Driscoll
|February 26, 2014||112||0.84|
|Maddie hosts a dinner party for Arlo's new girlfriend Melissa, a graduate student whom he met in the building, and her snooty parents who are both history professors at Columbia. To bone up, Maddie watches The History Channel all night, but the station has programmed a Hitler marathon. Thelma pretends to be Maddie's maid, while Frank goes to pick up Professor Danniker, Maddie's date and "academic buffer" for the evening. The night is a disaster, as Thelma eats some of Frank's "special" gummy candy, Frank has to step in for Danniker, who got drunk and passed out in his limo, and Maddie has to dodge the advances of Melissa's amorous mother. After Melissa insults Arlo's family and friends, he says he is proud to have people in his life who will go to such great lengths to help him.|
Hot in Cleveland crossover
A fifth season episode of fellow TV Land original series Hot in Cleveland ("Bucket: We're Going to New York") has the women from that show visiting Kirstie character Maddie Banks, who is revealed to be the former acting school roommate of Victoria Chase (Wendie Malick).
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