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Michael Richards to Return to TV with Kirstie Alley, Rhea Perlman

Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Michael Richards has landed his first regular TV gig in more than a decade. The Seinfeld star will co-star opposite Kirstie Alley and Rhea Perlman in the TV Land pilot Giant Baby, according to Deadline.

He’ll play the limo driver of Alley’s character, Madison “Maddie” Banks, a Broadway star whose long-lost son turns up on her doorstep after his adopted mother dies. Perlman will play Maddie’s best friend and assistant.

Richards, 63, earned three Emmys during his nine seasons on Seinfeld as Kramer. He starred in the short-lived 2000 NBC series The Michael Richards Show and appeared with his Seinfeld cast mates on multiple episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm in 2009.

Richards’ career was derailed in 2006 after he was filmed shouting the N-word and a host of expletives during a standup set at the Laugh Factory. He later apologized on Late Show With David Letterman.

“I got heckled and took it badly and went into a rage,” he said. “I am not a racist! That’s what’s so insane about this. For me to be on stage, and flip out and say this stuff, I’m deeply, deeply sorry.”

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Kirstie Alley Had a 'Powerful Attraction' to Patrick Swayze

Donna Ward/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Kirstie Alley revealed to Entertainment Tonight in an interview that aired Monday that she had a “powerful attraction” and a “hidden relationship” with Patrick Swayze when the two co-starred in the 1985 TV mini-series North and South.

Both stars were married when they filmed the Civil War drama, but Alley claims she and Swayze had an intense attraction and she tried to avoid “going down that road,” but they ultimately fell in love.

Alley tells ET, “Both of us were married. We did not have an affair.  But again, I think what I did was worse.  Because I think when you fall in love with someone when you’re married you jeopardize your own marriage and their marriage.  It’s doubly bad.”

The actress and Dancing with the Stars contestant says she’s still friends with Swayze’s wife, Lisa, who asked Alley to speak at Swayze’s funeral in 2009.  Still, Alley says she remains unclear if Lisa is aware of her relationship with the late actor.

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Week Two of "DWTS: All-Stars" Kicks Off

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- After Pamela Anderson was eliminated last week, Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars begins its second week of competition Monday night. The celebrities will dance either the jive or the quickstep.
Former champ Shawn Johnson will be doing the jive, though she's not really looking forward to it. She tells ABC News Radio the dance is "extremely fast and tiring....I don't like the jive."
Kirstie Alley will also be tackling the jive, which she concedes was one of her worst dances the last time she competed on the show. She says, "I am learning to love it because I have to."
Another story line to watch for on Monday night: Drew Lachey attempting to bounce back after falling into the bottom two last week. His partner, Anna Trebunskaya, says, "We're going to bring the special Drew. He has maybe the biggest heart out of everybody."
It's also the second week of Dancing with the Stars' new points system, under which the judges can award both whole points and half points to competitors. Pro dancers Mark Ballas, Tony Dovolani and Louis Van Amstel all support the new system because it helps to better define which celebrities are the best.
Ballas says, "It'll be interesting and it'll definitely shake up the scoreboards more and not everything will be so tight, I guess."
Monday's performance show will air on ABC at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

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Kirstie Alley Defends Tom Cruise on "Vanity Fair's" Scientology Claims

Donna Ward/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Kirstie Alley is defending her friend Tom Cruise against Vanity Fair's claims that The Church of Scientology devised "a top-secret process" of auditioning actresses to play the real-life role of his girlfriend.

"I think whenever you have articles written that are third and fourth parties' opinions -- it's like the game Gossip and you don't get the truth -- I think that a magazine of that caliber should have interviewed him, and then they would get the truth," Alley told Entertainment Tonight during New York Fashion Week.

In the October issue of Vanity Fair, special correspondent Maureen Orth reports that Nazanin Boniadi was selected from a group of Scientologist actresses to play the role of Cruise's girlfriend.  Orth, who interviewed "several sources," claims that the entire arrangement was headed by Shelly Miscavige, the wife of Scientology chief David Miscavige.

"I think that probably all religions sound bizarre to the people who are not the practitioners of them," Alley said, adding, "To me it's so normal, and probably 90 percent of the crazy stuff I hear isn't true."

Alley is set to compete on the upcoming Dancing with the Stars: All Stars.

A rep for Cruise told ABC News in a statement: "Lies in a different font are still lies -- designed to sell magazines."

The Church of Scientology denies to the magazine that there was any such recruiting project and did not respond to ABC News' request for a statement.

Boniadi, 32, went on to appear in the ABC soap General Hospital and the 2010 superhero film Iron Man.  She is now a spokesperson for Amnesty International and no longer involved with Scientology, according to the magazine.

Katie Holmes filed for divorce from Cruise earlier this year after six years of marriage.

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Report: Kirstie Alley Sued for Allegedly Lying About Weight-Loss Product

Donna Ward/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Kirstie Alley is being sued by a woman from California, who claims the star lied about her weight loss while promoting a slimming product, reports TMZ.

The suit alleges that the weight loss product Organic Liaison is not the reason that Alley lost 100 pounds as the actress stated online and on QVC.

Marina Abramyan has filed a class action suit, which alleges that Alley lost weight because of her fitness schedule on Dancing with the Stars and by eating a low-calorie diet.

Abramyan also claims that Organic Liaison is merely calcium and fiber, which is not a proven weight-loss product.  She is suing for unspecified damages.

So far, Alley’s representatives have made no comment on the lawsuit.

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Kirstie Alley's Kansas Home Vandalized

Donna Ward/Getty Images(WITCHITA, Kan.) -- Kirstie Alley's home in Wichita, Kansas, was vandalized twice last weekend, leading to an increase in patrols by police in her neighborhood, according to The Wichita Eagle.

In each instance, windows were reported broken on a back door of the house. Her house was also vandalized in October.

The former Cheers actress and Dancing with the Stars contestant recently referenced the incidents on Twitter, writing, "Dear persons who have broken into Wichita House 4 the 3rd time.. Next time gonna B met with a big dog and an even bigger shotgun..warned."

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Kirstie Alley Inks New Book Deal

Donna Ward/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Dancing with the Stars runner-up Kirstie Alley has signed a deal to write another book, she revealed on Twitter Thursday.

"It's about how men have influenced my life. Lovers, friends, husbands, directors, Dad, Son, etc.." Alley posted.

She tweets the book, which will feature "many love stories," will hit stores in "early spring."

In 2006, Alley wrote her first book, called How to Lose Your Ass and Regain Your Life.

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'Dancing with the Stars': Chelsea Kane, Hines Ward Share Lead

ABC, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- A Disney Channel star and an NFL star are tied for first on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars after delivering freestyle performances Monday that received perfect scores from all three judges.

Chelsea Kane and partner Mark Ballas are tied with Hines Ward and his pro partner, Kym Johnson, after night one of ABC’s two-night finale.  Each pair has 59 points out of a possible 60.

The third couple in the quest to win season 12's coveted Mirror Ball trophy, Kirstie Alley and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, received a total score Monday of 54 out of 60.

Each couple performed two dances Monday night.  They will perform one final dance on Tuesday’s finale.

The results show airs at 9 p.m. ET, following an encore presentation of Monday’s performance show.

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Kirstie Alley Considering New TV Shows

ABC/ADAM TAYLOR(LOS ANGELES) -- Her run on Dancing with the Stars may not mark the last time you see Kirstie Alley on a TV series.

The actress told AOL TV following Monday night's performance episode of the show that she's being courted to do a sitcom.

The 60-year-old former Cheers star said, "They're doing it for TV Land and I like those guys.  They are really bringing comedy back."

If that project, which she calls "sort of Virginia Woolf," should fall through, Alley may have something else waiting in the wings.

She said, "I have some people writing [a potential series] for me for HBO.  But I really want to do movies."

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Kirstie Alley, Maksim Chmerkovskiy Rehearse in the Big Apple

ABC, Inc(LOS ANGELES) -- Kirstie Alley has taken to the Dancing With The Stars dance floor with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy with stunning performances and equally stunning slip ups, including her now-famous wardrobe malfunction. But Alley has spent almost all of her time on the show smiling.

"I just had someone on Twitter yesterday, saying, "Now, when you're walking down the stairs, you need to smile more," Alley said Friday on ABC’s Good Morning America.

"She's looking like, "Ow! Ow! Ow!" If somebody rewinds they'll see the look in her face," said Chmerkovskiy. "She's like a toddler. If you leave her alone for a second, she'll walk head-first into a door, or something."

But it's just that youthful exuberance that makes Kirstie so irresistible. "Maks is really funny," said Alley. "He's actually pretty easy if you tell him you love him all the time." But that's not all Alley had to say: "I have to admit this. That I was like, 'Oh. You know, he's a bad boy.' And I'm like, 'Hm. I want to –' you know…you sort of want to conquer a bad boy," said Alley. "I also knew that he would be strong enough to handle me," Alley added. "Because you can't handle me-- you-- you can't be weak with me. Or, oh my God. I'll go in on you, like, boom."

When asked if their chemistry goes beyond the dance floor, Alley said, "We always have chemistry."

"Clearly," Chmerkovskiy added.

Alley says her experience on the show has been even better than she expected and that her dancing won't end with Dancing with the Stars.

"You know, I love dancing. And I -- I wish to God I'd been a dancer. It changed my life. It's cathartic. I feel younger now than I felt when I was 20," said Alley.

When asked about her future plans, Alley said, "I'm done with reality TV…I just want to act again. But what I have that I haven't had before, that I'm excited about is -- I really want to keep dancing. So I -- I wanted to be his spokesperson for his dance studios. And in exchange, I want to walk in there any time and have some, you know, hot dance guys, just… 'cause I would like to do it -- I would like to do it, like, three hours a day."

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