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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?
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?
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,
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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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.
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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
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.
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
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.
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,
“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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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.
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,
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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