Kirstie Alley’s “Big Life”!

NEWS | | March 17, 2010 at 8:46 pm

I don’t watch reality television. There I said it! Now that is off my chest I feel relieved. I know there is a swarm of people out there that live on reality television and I don’t judge them, it is just not my cup of tea. I did agree to review Kirstie Alley’s new series called “Big Life” and I think in part because I have a soft spot for her from her movies I watched, especially the Look Who’s Talking trilogy and who could forget the amazing series “North And South” and in part curiosity.

Sure images of her have plastered every tabloid and though I never buy them, I do relish reading the cover while waiting at checkout at the supermarket – anything to divert my attention from my whining kid I guess. Most of those images, focused on dieting and mishaps thereof, are quite unflattering. As someone who struggles with dieting (well struggles to start one at least) I felt some pity for her. Once you watch the series it is very clear it is not for the faint hearted. This is not some actress who gained a few pounds and trying to lose it. She looks, well, unattractive. I know this would appeal to few people but I (the non-reality-show-watcher) enjoyed watching. Let me explain.

Dieting and exercise is not a pretty picture. Anyone who says it is is either lying or delusional. Her life is somewhat weird and far-fetched but she does let the camera in. I figure by doing that it would make her accountable. Sometimes you look at titbits, like her freaky animals as pets and you think “What?” but seriously that is Hollywood, right? I loved the parts where she catches paparazzi snapping pictures of her, shows clearly how tough it must be to be practically stalked. Her kids don’t look like very strong influences and the methods look unconventional but the aim is the same millions focus on everyday – losing weight.

I doubt that I will be counting the minutes to each show, but if I did flip on the channel by accident, I would watch it. I think her character is going to grow on people (I for-see people who dislike her make a face of disgust) but due to her plight, since it is what makes her common (at least part of her). I predict people (silently) cheer her on. I think many people will get a little more focussed on the own weight loss ideas. Will it cause a revolution? I doubt it! I guess I don’t mind a reality show that where she loses to win.

The series premieres Sunday, March 21 at 10PM ET/PT on A&E.

Disclaimer: I received a screener of the show to review!

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