NEW YORK (AP) _ Rebecca Howe, manager of the bar in ''Cheers,'' gets her wish this season - a man to sweep her off her feet. But it's not Sam the bartender.

Actress Kirstie Alley, who has played Rebecca for two years, says this season her character will fall for a wealthy man.

''I said to the writers, 'Let me get this straight. She hasn't had sex in two years? What is she, nuts?''' Alley said in the October Mademoiselle.

But she said she and the writers agreed that it shouldn't be Sam, the bartender played by Ted Danson who has been trying to seduce Rebecca from the start.

''After all, when you get something you've wanted for so long it's never as good as you imagined it would be,'' she said.