Alf gets his own talk show. The alien former sitcom star will host ''Alf's Hit Talk Show'' on TV Land, for at least one night, complete with Ed McMahon as sidekick

By Gary Susman
Updated June 30, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

Well, if Space Ghost can host his own talk show, why not space refugee Alf? The 1980s sitcom alien will get his chance behind the desk on July 7 when TV Land airs the optimistically titled ”Alf’s Hit Talk Show.” The smartass extraterrestrial, who resurfaced in recent years as a phone service commercial pitchcreature, has even coaxed another NBC figure out of retirement to serve as his second banana: 81-year-old ”Tonight Show” mainstay Ed McMahon. Alf’s guests include Dennis Franz, Drew Carey, Joan Rivers, and Henry Winkler.

Of TV Land’s decision to give him a platform, the feline-flesh-fancying alien said in a statement, ”They have demonstrated superb taste by giving me my own show and it’s humbling that they recognize my unequaled genius.” Of course, for the rerun-driven nostalgia channel, the show is a one-shot, a lead-in that will kick off a marathon of old ”Alf” episodes from the sitcom’s 1986-90 run. Of course, if ”Alf’s Hit Talk Show” really is a hit, it could be the pilot for an ongoing series. America, lock up your cats.