As part of its mission to restore America to the relatively more prosperous era of the ’90s—heralded by its developing sitcoms starring Tim Allen and Roseanne Barr—ABC is preparing The Manzanis, a comedy that will reunite Cheers stars Kirstie Alley and Rhea Perlman and hopefully further convince the markets that we've traveled back in time, shhhh, it's the '90s, dot-com boom! etc. Having previously helped the country claw its way out of the 1990 recession with their industrious production of back-sass, Alley and Perlman will attempt to do the same for our struggling modern economy by starring as, respectively, an opinionated Italian-American mother who clashes with WASP-types in her New Jersey neighborhood, and her equally opinionated mother-in-law. Yes, in this show Perlman, who’s only three years older than Alley, will be asked to play her mother-in-law—a bit of cognitive dissonance that hopefully won’t be reflected in the Dow.
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