Decades Toasts Kirstie Alley With 'Cheers' Specials

Kirstie Alley attends the premiere of Quiver Distribution's "The Fanatic" at the Egyptian Theatre on August 22, 2019 in Hollywood, California.
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Decades salutes the late Kirstie Alley with special Cheers episodes featuring Alley as Rebecca Howe. “Decades Remembers Kirstie Alley” runs December 6-9 at 11 and 11:30 p.m. each night, then Decades airs “Cheers Weekend Binge”, including seasons six to 11, which featured Alley, December 10 and 11.  

Alley played Rebecca from 1987 to 1993. She died this week after a battle with cancer. She was 71.

On December 6, the Cheers episodes on the Decades digital broadcast network are “Home is the Sailor” and “A Kiss is Still a Kiss.” On December 7, it’s “Backseat Becky, Up Front” and “How to Recede In Business.” December 8 offers “The Improbable Dream (Parts 1 and 2)” and on December 9 it’s “The Days of Wine and Neuroses” and “Wedding Bell Blues.”

The "Weekend Binge" offers 84 episodes of Cheers.

Rebecca Howe came on Cheers as the manager after a corporation bought the bar. She pursues wealthy men, and fends off lascivious advances from Sam Malone. 

Alley’s TV work also included Veronica's Closet, Fat Actress and Scream Queens

Decades is part of Weigel Broadcasting. ■

Michael Malone

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.