Overweight and Overjoyed: Showtime Rushes 'Fat Actress,' Starring Emmy(R) Winner Kirstie Alley, to DVD May 24th
Unprecedented Demand by Retail and Consumers Escalates Release Date
LOS ANGELES, March 15 -- Showtime has announced the
accelerated release of the hit series, Fat Actress, co-created and starring
Kirstie Alley, to DVD on May 24, 2005. In what has decidedly become a
cultural phenomenon, aided by an extraordinary amount of press coverage and
viewer demand, the complete first season of Fat Actress will be released to
DVD six months earlier than most Showtime television series releases. The
Network premier of Fat Actress was one of Showtime's highest rated programs in
the Network's history. The Fat Actress 2 Disc DVD will carry a $34.99 SRP.
"The response to Fat Actress has been phenomenal," said Tony Lynn, Senior
Vice President, Program Distribution for Showtime. "Never in the history of
this company has one of our projects caught the imagination of the public, the
press and our retailers as exceptionally well as this series. It truly is
amazing. As such, due to high demand, we have re-structured our business plan
for Fat Actress by giving its fans what they want -- the DVD now."
Fat Actress, a seven-episode, half-hour hybrid comedy/reality series
starring two-time Emmy(R) Award winner Kirstie Alley that was inspired by
Alley's real life, debuted on Showtime on Monday, March 7th with unprecedented
ratings and press response for the network. Taking her life experiences and
recreating them in the extreme, Alley plays a fictional version of herself --
a successful television and movie star whose weight gain has become the
subject of every tabloid imaginable as well as the bane of her existence as
she tries to find work and true love in an unforgiving Hollywood. This
irreverent series, which is co-created and executive produced by Alley and
Brenda Hampton ("Seventh Heaven"), is unscripted, with each episode emanating
from a story outline and the actors largely improvising the dialogue. Sandy
Chanley ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") also executive produces through her
production company, Production Partners, Inc. The director of the series is
Bravely willing to lampoon her image that has been mercilessly ridiculed
over the past few years, Alley gives us a glimpse of the humor and the irony
in her battle to lose weight and get back on television in a tough business
that prefers the once-svelte version of the Emmy(R) Award-winning star of
"Cheers." Stories are drawn from a heightened perception of her real-life
experiences, and some of Alley's friends -- including John Travolta, Kelly
Preston, Kid Rock, Carmen Electra, Melissa Gilbert, Leah Remini, Merv Griffin,
Kevin Nealon, Mark Curry, Mayim Bialick, Edie McClurg, Connie Stevens and NBC
Chief Jeff Zucker, among others -- appear as themselves in guest cameos that
further blurs the lines between truth and fiction. Anyone struggling with
issues about weight or self-esteem -- or just looking for love and happiness
-- will identify with Alley's life.
"A laugh out delight" raved the Detroit News about the show. "A fearless
Kirstie Alley in all her raunchy screwball glory." The New York Post
exclaimed: "Worth the Weight! Wildly innovative, weep-with-laugher ... .
laugh-out-loud stuff reaches a lose-your-breath pinnacle."
Kirstie Alley became a household name playing "Rebecca Howe" on the hit
television series "Cheers" for which she won both a Golden Globe(R) and an
Emmy(R) Award. Her flair for comedy translated to the big screen in movies
like Woody Allen's "Deconstructing Harry," "Look Who's Talking" and "Look
Who's Talking Too." In 1997, Alley returned to television to produce and star
in the sitcom "Veronica's Closet," which ran for three seasons.
Brenda Hampton, co-creator of the series, created and currently executive
produces "Seventh Heaven," the smash hit drama that has been running for eight
years on The WB. While known primarily for this family drama, Hampton has
actually spent most of her career writing and producing several successful
sitcoms such as "Mad About You," "The John Larroquette Show" and "Blossom."
Sandy Chanley, who produced the first two seasons of "Curb Your
Enthusiasm," brings incredible knowledge of unscripted comedy series
production to the creative team. She has also produced a number of
highly-regarded comedy specials including: "Bill Maher: Be More Cynical,"
"Chris Rock: Bigger and Blacker," "Chris Rock: Bring The Pain," "D.L. Hughley:
Goin' Home," "Janeane Garofalo," and many others.
FAT ACTRESS, The Complete First Season 2 DISC DVD SET
Street Date: May 24, 2005
Order Date: April 26, 2005
Running Time: Approximately 230 minutes
Sound: Dolby digital 5.1
Close Captioned Yes
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