TV Squad reported today that Kirstie Alley will be back on TV in the new A & E series “Kirstie Alley’s Big Life”
The press release reads: A& E presents “Kirstie Alley’s Big Life,” a new real-life series that will chronicle the extraordinary life of Golden Globe and two-time Emmy winner Kirstie Alley from her journey with her weight loss program to her life as a single mother trying to raise two normal teenagers in the Hollywood spotlight.
Kirstie Alley? Pardon me, but haven’t we seen this show? And hasn’t every attempt Kirstie’s made to lose weight been a short term victory? I mean, you’re talking about a woman who got bounced by Jenny Craig for not being able to stay on a program she was endorsing?
Can we be honest here? Can we discuss what this is really about?
This isn’t an attempt to show an everyday single woman struggling to lose weight and raise her kids. This isn’t about how hard it is to lose weight in a day of fast food, high fructose corn syrup, and working full time to feed your family.
This is about putting a woman on television that everyone expects to be a self defeating, self mocking, train wreck of a once “thin and famous” actress.
Because that’s what makes people watch. It’s what makes women who battle their weight feel a bit better about their missteps. It makes people feel “better than” someone like Kirstie Alley, the once shining star.
It’s just like a bad night of Jerry Springer.
Nice move there, A & E. When Kirstie can’t lose weight, and when the show becomes just another reason she needs therapy, you can pat yourself on the back for having made women with weight issues feel just that much more screwed up.