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Erinn Hayes Says She’s ‘Very Aware’ That Scientology Is Behind ‘Bashing’ of ‘Kevin Can Wait’

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Erinn Hayes Says She’s ‘Very Aware’ That Scientology Is Behind ‘Bashing’ of ‘Kevin Can Wait’
Erinn Hayes is weighing in on criticism of her former show, “Kevin Can Wait,” after a slew of social media posts have called for a boycott of the Kevin James comedy series. The actress, who departed the CBS show over the summer after her character was killed off, has been actively interacting on Twitter with the show’s disgruntled fans — some expressing anger over her departure — and clicking “like” on messages that offer her support. The show added Leah Remini, who played James’ wife in their prior series “The King of Queens,” as a series regular over the summer. One.
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Erinn Hayes Has Been 'Liking' Tweets from Fans Calling for a Kevin Can Wait Boycott

Erinn Hayes Has Been 'Liking' Tweets from Fans Calling for a Kevin Can Wait Boycott
It seems that fans are not the only ones unhappy about Donna being killed off on Kevin Can Wait.

Erinn Hayes has been liking tweets from viewers expressing their outrage at her character’s sudden departure from the Kevin James-led sitcom.

“My family and I have tuned out,” wrote one Twitter user who received a like from the 41-year-old actress. “If Kevin Can Wait, so can we – for you to have a bigger career than him!!!”

Another chimed in, “Guess who isn’t watching a certain show on TV anymore? And who wants to know the minute you get a better gig?
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Here's the Real Reason 'Kevin Can Wait' Dumped Erinn Hayes

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2017-10-17T07:34:32-07:00Here's the Real Reason 'Kevin Can Wait' Dumped Erinn Hayes

If you think the producers of Kevin Can Wait killed off Erinn Hayes' because of some kind of personal or professional problems with the actress, Kevin James says you're wrong. James says that the change was made because the show's writers and producers couldn't come up with any more story ideas for a sitcom about a two-parent family. The decision to ditch Hayes' character, James says, was made to ensure that the sitcom continued to be fresh and original. So they brought in Remini, James' co-star from his last sitcom, The King of Queens. Doesn't sound like a recipe for freshness to us, but we're not network TV producers.

Via Us Weekly.

It’s a question every Kevin Can Wait fan has been asking: Why did they kill off Donna?
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Kevin James Finally Reveals Why His Wife was Killed Off on Kevin Can Wait: 'We Were Literally Running Out of Ideas'

Kevin James Finally Reveals Why His Wife was Killed Off on Kevin Can Wait: 'We Were Literally Running Out of Ideas'
Kevin James is finally opening up about why Erinn Hayes‘s character Donna, his TV wife on Kevin Can Wait, was suddenly killed off.

The actor, 52, told the New York Daily News that the decision was not because he or anyone else had a problem with Hayes – it was because they were out of storyline ideas.

“I get that people are like ‘Whoa, why would you do this?’ But it really felt like a thing like this was needed for this show to drive forward,” James said.

James explained he was originally meant to portray a single father on the show,
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Leah Remini Joins Jennifer Lopez in Romantic Comedy ‘Second Act’

Leah Remini Joins Jennifer Lopez in Romantic Comedy ‘Second Act’
STXfilms has signed Leah Remini to join the cast of “Second Act,” the upcoming romantic comedy starring Jennifer Lopez.

Peter Segal will direct the film, which was developed by Stx with Lopez from an idea conceived by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Justin Zackham.

Remini currently stars on the CBS sitcom “Kevin Can Wait,” and recently won her first Emmy for her A&E series, “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. ” The latter show is currently in its second season.

Remini will portray best friend and fellow employee of Lopez’s character in “Second Act.” The movie is in the vein of “Maid In Manhattan” and “Working Girl.” Lopez will play a big-box store employee who reinvents her life and her lifestyle and gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as a college degree.

Remini is best known starring with Kevin James in the sitcom “The King of Queens.” She also played
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IndieWire Digest: The Week’s Biggest Stories and Hottest Topics, From ‘Blade Runner 2049’ to ‘The Vietnam War’

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IndieWire Digest: The Week’s Biggest Stories and Hottest Topics, From ‘Blade Runner 2049’ to ‘The Vietnam War’
These are strange, troubling times, and nothing necessitates a good distraction quite like the aftermath of hurricanes and the looming threat of nuclear war. If you’ve fallen behind this week, avail yourself of this week’s 10 biggest stories and topics — it’s a fittingly varied list.

10. ‘Sense8’ Series Finale Special: Screenwriters and Potential Locations Revealed

The gone-too-soon Netflix drama continues to prove itself a cult classic in the making, as its diehard fanbase remains as interested in its goings-on as ever. In the latest, Liz Shannon Miller reports the good news that “the script for the “‘Sense8 Special,” which will wrap up the fan favorite Netflix drama following its abrupt cancelation this spring, physically exists!”

9. ‘Neo Yokio’ Voice Cast: A Visual Guide to Who Played Whom in New Netflix Animated Series

Netflix, anime, and Steve Buscemi make for a powerful combination. The voice cast for “Neo Yokio” — an impressive ensemble that includes Jude Law,
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Alias Alum Merrin Dungey Joins Fox's The Resident as a Series Regular

Alias Alum Merrin Dungey Joins Fox's The Resident as a Series Regular
Another TV veteran is scrubbing into The Resident.

Merrin Dungey (Alias, The King of Queens) has joined the cast of Fox’s midseason medical drama as a series regular, TVLine has learned. Dungey will play the hospital’s CEO Claire Thorpe, “a tough, savvy, pragmatic businesswoman… solely focused on the financial health of the hospital she oversees,” per the network.

RelatedMelina Kanakaredes Scrubs Into Fox’s The Resident as Series Regular

Her role is “a reimagined version of the character played in the pilot by Valerie Cruz,” showrunner Todd Harthan said in a statement. That role was later slated
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How Did 'Kevin Can Wait' Deal with Its Huge Cast Change?

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2017-09-26T07:26:44-07:00How Did 'Kevin Can Wait' Deal with Its Huge Cast Change?

At the beginning of its second season, Kevin Can Wait had to get rid of one of its main characters and significantly alter the role of another one. How would the series' writers explain the absence of Erinn Hayes' character, to whom Kevin James' character had been married for years and years? Pretty offhandedly, it turns out. Read on to find out how it went down.

Via Us Weekly.

And that's that. It seems that Erinn Hayes won't make even the slightest appearance in Kevin Can Wait's season 2. In the premiere, which aired on Monday, September 25, it was revealed in the first scene that her character, Donna Gable, had died.

The CBS comedy briefly mentioned her absence when Kevin Gable (Kevin James) received a postcard for her gym saying they missed her.
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‘I Mom So Hard’ Web Series Scores Pilot Production Commitment at CBS

Popular web series “I Mom So Hard” is in development at CBS as a multi-camera comedy, Variety has learned.

The series has landed a pilot production commitment. Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley, who co-created the web series, will star in and co-write the series, which will see the two moms show how their friendship gets them through being wives and mothers. Michelle Nader will also serve as a writer on the series in addition to executive producing. Rob Thomas will executive produce under his Spondoolie Productions banner, with Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge also executive producing. Spondoolie Productions will produce in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Hensley and Smedley are repped by UTA, Management 360, and attorney Matt Feil. Nader is repped by ICM.

Hensley and Smedley began posting funny videos of themselves discussing motherhood and family life in 2016 on Facebook and YouTube. Their YouTube channel currently has over 58,000 subscribers and over 5 million video views, while
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New Riverdale Season 2 Details Revealed About Veronica’s Evil Ex Boyfriend Nick

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Recently, the folks over at TV Line got to chat it up with Riverdale showrunner, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and he delivered some new intel on what we can expect to see from Veronica’s ex boyfriend Nick St. Clair when he arrives on the scene. They also revealed who will be playing him. So, we’ve finally got a face to go with the character. He will be played by actor Graham Phillips. He’s pictured in the above photo for this article to the left of Veronica. As previously reported, Nick is going to bring some trouble to Riverdale. He’s will bring out the darker side of Veronica and do something very bad to her that will have all the ladies of Riverdale banding together to fight it! In this new article, we got a new set of details from Sacasa. Nick is described as being one of Veronica
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Kevin Can Wait: Will Widower Kevin Rebound With Leah Remini's Vanessa?

Kevin Can Wait: Will Widower Kevin Rebound With Leah Remini's Vanessa?
Kevin Can Wait‘s newly widowed Kevin Gable isn’t ready for romance, but he’s not closing the door on a potential relationship with Leah Remini’s Vanessa Cellucci. A working relationship, that is.

RelatedKevin Can Wait Ep: We Killed Off Donna Out of ‘Respect’ for Erinn Hayes

Executive producer Rob Long tells TVLine that there is no “master plan” to make Kevin and Vanessa a couple in Season 2 (premiering Monday, Sept. 25 at 9/8c on CBS), but the characters will be working together in some capacity, while also forming an “uneasy” friendship that builds on their dynamic from the two-part Season 1 finale.
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Leah Remini Says J Lo’s Scientologist Father ‘Should Be Disconnecting From Her’ Because They’re Still Friends

Leah Remini Says J Lo’s Scientologist Father ‘Should Be Disconnecting From Her’ Because They’re Still Friends
Leah Remini is opening up about how her longtime pal Jennifer Lopez fits into her fight against the Church of Scientology.

The actress, 47, walked away from the controversial religion in 2013. Her husband Angelo Pagán, 59, daughter Sofia, 13, and mother Vicki left with her, but Remini says many who leave Scientology have had family members who stay within the church feel forced to “disconnect” from them.

The church says no one is forced to cut contact, and disconnection is a choice.

During her last years in the church, Remini became disillusioned when she started to question disconnection and the actions of church leader David Miscavige,
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Leah Remini Claims She Was Asked to Convert King of Queens Co-Star Kevin James to Scientology

Leah Remini Claims She Was Asked to Convert King of Queens Co-Star Kevin James to Scientology
When it came to the Church of Scientology, Leah Remini did not want to involve her famous co-star.  The King of Queens alum, who spent nine seasons alongside Kevin James, recently claimed she was asked to recruit the TV funny man into the church while she was still a member and did not fulfill the request.  "They always tried to get me to, [asking] 'Why is he not in? Why have you not promoted it to him?' I was like, 'Because he's Catholic. He doesn't want anything to do with it,'" the actress told People. "They let it go after a while, but usually you'd be expected to recruit, especially with somebody you work with for nine years." ...
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Leah Remini Reveals Scientology Wanted Her To Convert ‘The King Of Queens’ Co-Star Kevin James

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Leah Remini admits she never tried to convert Kevin James to Scientology. In her cover story with People, the actress reveals the Church of Scientology asked her to convert her friend and “The King of Queens” co-star but she refused. Over the course of the nine seasons they worked together on the hit CBS sitcom, […]
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Leah Remini Says Scientology Wanted Her to Convert King of Queens Costar Kevin James — but She Refused

Leah Remini Says Scientology Wanted Her to Convert King of Queens Costar Kevin James — but She Refused
While they grew close filming nine seasons of The King of Queens, former Scientologist Leah Remini says she never tried to convert her longtime costar and friend Kevin James — much to the chagrin of the church.

“They always tried to get me to, ‘Why is he not in? Why have you not promoted it to him?’ I was like, ‘Because he’s Catholic. He doesn’t want anything to do with it,’ ” Remini, 47, says in this week’s issue of People. “They let it go after a while, but usually you’d be expected to recruit, especially with somebody you work with for nine years.
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Patton Oswalt Says Daughter Saved Him From Being ‘a Shut-in Alcoholic’

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Patton Oswalt Says Daughter Saved Him From Being ‘a Shut-in Alcoholic’
Patton Oswalt credits one special person for helping him persevere through a rough patch of his life: his daughter. Oswalt, known for his work on the ’90s sitcom, “The King of Queens,” opened up about grief in an interview with Playboy. The comedian and writer lost his wife, Michelle McNamara, in 2016 to a sudden illness. Last month, he announced his engagement to actress, Meredith Salenger. In the interview with Playboy, Oswalt talked about how caring for his seven-year-old daughter, Alice, saved him. “I’m forever glad that I have Alice,” he said. “If I hadn’t had a daughter and my wife died,
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Patton Oswalt: My Daughter Saved Me from Being a ‘Shut-In Alcoholic’ After My Wife’s Death

Patton Oswalt: My Daughter Saved Me from Being a ‘Shut-In Alcoholic’ After My Wife’s Death
After Patton Oswalt‘s wife Michelle McNamara died suddenly in her sleep last April, the actor’s main priority was supporting their daughter Alice.

“If I hadn’t had a daughter and my wife died, we wouldn’t be talking right now. I’m not saying I would be dead, but I would be a shut-in alcoholic,” Oswalt revealed in a new interview with Playboy.

“Everything would have shut down,” he continued. “I wouldn’t have been about anything. But with Alice, it was and is ‘You got to get up.’ ”

Alice was just 7 years old when McNamara, a crime writer,
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'Kevin Can Wait' Is Going to Kill a Main Character and Time Jump

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2017-08-01T14:19:47-07:00'Kevin Can Wait' Is Going to Kill a Main Character and Time Jump

CBS comedy Kevin Can Wait will look considerably different when it returns in the fall for its sophomore season — namely, the female lead of the Kevin James vehicle, Erinn Hayes, has been let go and Leah Remini will join the series as a regular.

The decision to replace Hayes, who played Kevin's wife, Donna, was an organic one, CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl told reporters Tuesday at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour.

Donna, Kahl and CBS exec vp programming Thom Sherman revealed, will be killed off in the season two premiere, which will jump forward in time. Remini will reprise the role she played in the two-part season one finale — a tough, wise-cracking police officer named Vanessa Cellucci who used to work with James' character on the force.
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CBS Execs Call ‘Hawaii Five-0’ Cast Exits ‘Purely a Business Decision’

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CBS Execs Call ‘Hawaii Five-0’ Cast Exits ‘Purely a Business Decision’
CBS’ new entertainment executives took fire from reporters Tuesday over the network’s diversity woes, but stressed that they are “moving in the right direction.”

Newly minted CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl and programming senior vice president Thom Sherman hit the Television Critics Association press tour stage for the first time in their new jobs, and were met with several questions about why, for the second year in a row, CBS is premiering a new schedule without any female leads.

“We can debate the pace of change,” Kahl said. “But there is change.” Kahl said the number of diverse series regulars on CBS is “up 60 percent, and the number of writers with diverse backgrounds is up.” This season, he noted that two of the network’s new shows include diverse leads, including “S.W.A.T.,” starring Shemar Moore.

When one reporter pointed out that CBS’ casting department contained all white executives, Sherman said,
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Kevin Can Wait Shocker: Erinn Hayes' Donna Will Be Killed Off

Kevin Can Wait is sending Donna six feet under.

At CBS’ portion of the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour on Tuesday, Thom Sherman, Senior Exec VP of Programming, was asked how the fledgling sitcom will handle the absence of leading lady Erinn Hayes, who over the summer was dismissed and (essentially) replaced with Kevin James’ former TV bride Leah Remini.

“The character will have passed away,” Sherman revealed, before adding that Season 2 will begin with a time jump (but not too much of a time jump; daughter Kendra is still in the wedding planning stages when show returns.
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