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Kirstie Alley to perform weight-loss encore

Kirstie Alley returning to the small screen to lose more weight for our entertainment.

In case you did not get the memo: Fat is the new singing competition; fat is the new dance derby. Seems like every TV network wants a reality series about people trying to lose weight.

Some of the hefty stars are old hands at this. Like Alley, whose new A&E show will chronicle her efforts to not only shed the pounds, but launch her own weight-loss program. The series, which does not yet have a name, is not to be confused with Alley's 2005 Showtime series "Fat Actress" - a barely scripted series in which she played, well, herself.

In this new series, Kirstie will also be seen raising two "normal Hollywood children" (oxymoron alert!) and eight ringtail lemurs, and looking for love.

Kirstie will have stiff competition in the form of made-for-TV weight loss veteran Carnie Wilson, whose new GSN show "Carnie Wilson: Unstapled" for GSN, will feature the former "Celebrity Fit Club" participant trying to lose 50 pounds -- this time she put on the weight when pregnant with her her baby. Wilson's something of a weight-loss pioneer, having also put her gastric bypass surgery online.

And ABC has greenlit a reality series called "Obese" about people who have become so overweight they can no longer squeeze into an airplane seat or tie their shoes. Each person will be given a personal trainer and will be documented becoming half the person they were over the course of a year.

NBC, meanwhile, has ordered a spinoff of "The Biggest Loser," called "Losing It with Jillian," in which "BL's" fitness expert Jillian Michaels will hit the road to find fat people around the country.

And, TLC has ordered a series that chronicles a morbidly obese family. The first edition of "One Big Happy Family" showcases a 340-pound dad, his 400-pound wife, and their 300-pound teen-aged children.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  November 3, 2009; 11:45 PM ET
Categories:  TV News  
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