Chicago, IL— Harpo Productions has signed a development deal with multitalented actress and comedian Kirstie Alley for future television projects, including a possible daily strip format.

"Kirstie is a tremendous talent who is incredibly relatable and a true fan favorite, and we are thrilled to welcome her to Harpo," said Tim Bennett, president of Harpo Productions. "Audiences love her, and it's easy to see why: She is always at ease, whether speaking up about the most intimate aspects of her life or even appearing in a bikini on The Oprah Show. We are looking forward to working together to bring viewers everywhere her distinctive voice and comedic flair."

"I'm very open with what I've been through in my own personal life, and nothing—I mean nothing—is off-limits for me to talk about. Nothing shocks me. I'm a great listener. I'm a good comedian. And I won't lie—I live a beautiful life...so I hope to bring those elements together to offer something totally fresh for the television audience," Kirstie Alley said.

Kirstie Alley is a Golden Globe and multiple Emmy award-winning film and television actress whose previous work includes her role in the blockbuster Look Who's Talking film franchise and her role as Rebecca Howe on the landmark television comedy series Cheers. In film, she also starred in Woody Allen's Deconstructing Harry. For television, Kirstie also starred as the titular character in the NBC Thursday night "Must-See TV" series Veronica's Closet. More recently, she co-wrote and headlined the Showtime series Fat Actress. A popular and much sought-after spokeswoman, she has also starred in memorable brand-building campaigns for Jenny Craig and Pier 1 Imports.

Harpo Productions, Inc. produces the number-one-rated, award-winning The Oprah Winfrey Show; creates and develops original TV programming, including the hit series Oprah's Big Give; and operates Oprah.com, a premier women's lifestyle website. Harpo Print, LLC and Hearst Magazines publish the monthly O, The Oprah Magazine and quarterly O at Home publications. Harpo Films, Inc. produces feature films as well as top-rated telefilms under the "Oprah Winfrey Presents" banner. Harpo Radio, Inc. produces Oprah Radio (Channel 156) on XM Satellite Radio.  

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