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Rhea Perlman Joins Kirstie Alley’s Sitcom

Rhea Perlman.

Rhea Perlman has joined the cast of Kirstie Alley's possible ABC sitcom The Manzanis as Alley's mother-in-law. The show centers on Alley as wife and mother who moves, "along with her Italian American family," to an uptight neighborhood in New Jersey, which is just a weird missed opportunity to have Alley play a version of Kim from Real Housewives of Atlanta. In any case, sure, hurray for a mini Cheers reunion, except that Perlman is only three years older than Alley. Unless we're getting into Estelle Getty–on–Golden Girls age-drag territory (which ... okay), this seems like a weird stretch. [Deadline]

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