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Kevin James Comedy ‘Kevin Can Wait’ Canceled After Two Seasons

Kevin James Comedy ‘Kevin Can Wait’ Canceled After Two Seasons
Kevin Can Wait” has been canceled by CBS after two season, Variety has learned.

The CBS sitcom stars Kevin James, Leah Remini, Taylor Spreitler, Mary-Charles Jones, James Digiacomo, Ryan Cartwright, Lenny Venito, Gary Valentine, and Leonard Earl Howze. James, Rock Reuben, Rob Long, Jeff Sussman, Andy Fickman, Tony Sheehan, and Steve Mosko are executive producers for Sony Pictures TV and CBS Television Studios.

“Kevin Can Wait” underwent a creative overhaul between seasons one and two, with original co-star Erinn Hayes’ character written off the show and Remini joining the cast, reuniting James with his former “King of Queens” co-star.

But
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Erinn Hayes Leaving CBS’ ‘Kevin Can Wait’

Erinn Hayes Leaving CBS’ ‘Kevin Can Wait’
Erinn Hayes, who stars opposite Kevin James in CBS’ comedy “Kevin Can Wait” as his wife, Donna, is leaving the series, Variety has learned.

Sources say it was a matter of the show going in a different creative direction, and not a reflection of the actress’ performance. The series stars James as a New York cop who retires after 20 years on the force, only to discover retirement is not as easy as he thought it would be.

Hayes confirmed the news on Twitter, writing, “True, I’ve been let go from the show. Very sad, I had a great experience season 1. Thank you for all the support from our wonderful fans.”

True, I've been let go from the show. Very sad, I had a great experience season 1. Thank you for all the support from our wonderful fans. https://t.co/HfYKzVuSnT

— erinn hayes (@hayeslady) June 3, 2017

It was recently announced that Leah Remini was joining the cast for
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Leah Remini Joins ‘Kevin Can Wait’ Season 2 as Series Regular

Leah Remini Joins ‘Kevin Can Wait’ Season 2 as Series Regular
Leah Remini is joining the Kevin James sitcom “Kevin Can Wait” as a series regular for Season 2, Variety has learned.

The series stars James as a New York cop who retires after 20 years on the force, only to discover retirement is not as easy as he thought it would be. Remini previously appeared in the Season 1 finale as Vanessa Cellucci, an undercover cop and the former partner of James’ character. She will reprise that role for the show’s second season this fall. James and Remini previously starred together as husband and wife for nine seasons on the hit series “The King of Queens,” which also aired on CBS.

Remini has been in the news frequently the past few years for her very public departure from the Church of Scientology. She has become an outspoken critic of the Church, publishing her memoir “Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology” in 2015. In 2016, her docu-series “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” debuted
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Leah Remini to Reunite With Kevin James in ‘Kevin Can Wait’ Season Finale

Leah Remini to Reunite With Kevin James in ‘Kevin Can Wait’ Season Finale
Leah Remini will partner up once again with her former TV husband, Kevin James, in a guest role on the Season 1 finale of James’ new CBS sitcom “Kevin Can Wait,” Variety has learned. James and Remini starred together for nine seasons on the hit series “The King of Queens,” which also aired on CBS.

Kevin Can Wait” stars James as a New York cop who retires after 20 years on the force, only to discover retirement is not as easy as he thought it would be. In the two-part finale airing May 1 and May 8, Kevin agrees to come out of retirement briefly to reprise his undercover assignment in an ongoing police investigation where he and fellow cop Vanessa Cellucci (Remini) will, once again, pose as husband and wife.

The series, which was recently renewed for a second season, stars James, Erinn Hayes, Taylor Spreitler, Mary-Charles Jones, James Digiacomo, Ryan Cartwright, Lenny Venito, Gary Valentine
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‘Kevin Can Wait,’ ‘Man With a Plan,’ ‘Great Indoors’ Land Additional-Episode Orders From CBS

‘Kevin Can Wait,’ ‘Man With a Plan,’ ‘Great Indoors’ Land Additional-Episode Orders From CBS
CBS has ordered more episodes of freshman comedy series “Kevin Can Wait,” “Man With a Plan,” and “The Great Indoors.”

Kevin Can Wait” is getting an additional two episodes tacked onto its season-one order, bringing its total to 24. “Man With a Plan” and “The Great Indoors” are each adding three episodes for totals of 22.

CBS in November extended the seasons for the three freshman comedies beyond their initial 13-episode orders. It also ordered at that time more new episodes of dramas “Bull” and “MacGyver.” The only fall freshman series that CBS has not ordered more episodes of is drama “Pure Genius.”

Kevin Can Wait” is the most watched new comedy of the season thus far, averaging 10.16 million total viewers and a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49 in Nielsen live-plus-same day numbers. The series is produced by CBS Television Studios and Sony Pictures Television and is executive produced by Kevin James, Rob Long, Rock Reuben
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Kevin Can Wait: Rob Long Replaces Bruce Helford as CBS Showrunner

Deadline reports there's been a bit of a shakeup behind the scenes at Kevin James' new TV show, Kevin Can Wait. Showrunner Bruce Helford, who co-created the sitcom with James and Rock Reuben, has exited the CBS sitcom.According to the report, Helford left because of creative differences with James. Cheers veteran Rob Long will assume the role of showrunner. He executive produced Sullivan & Son starring Steve Byrne and Brian Doyle-Murray. TBS cancelled the sitcom after three seasons, in 2014.Read More…
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TV News Roundup: ‘Kevin Can Wait’ Showrunner Steps Down, ‘Outlander’ Wine Goes on Sale

TV News Roundup: ‘Kevin Can Wait’ Showrunner Steps Down, ‘Outlander’ Wine Goes on Sale
In today’s TV news roundup, CBS’ “Kevin Can Wait” gets a new showrunner, “Outlander” fans can now pre-order a wine collection based on the series, and more.

Showrunners

Kevin Can Wait” showrunner Bruce Helford is departing the CBS series, Variety has confirmed. As Helford exits, “Cheers” alum Rob Long is stepping in as exec producer/showrunner. Helford co-created the series with star Kevin James and Rock Reuben. Sources say the shakeup is due to creative differences between James and Helford, but the split was amicable. The sitcom has already landed a full-season order at CBS with 22 episodes.

Greenlights

E! has renewed “Famously Single” for Season 2. The celebrity romance show is produced by Irwin Entertainment with John Irwin, Damian Sullivan, and Brent Benedetti serving as executive producers and Casey Spira as co-exec producer. The second season will premiere in 2017.

Digital

Bravo has announced a new lineup of original, short-form digital video series, beginning
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Kevin Can Wait Shake-Up: Co-Creator Departs Amid Creative Differences

Kevin Can Wait Shake-Up: Co-Creator Departs Amid Creative Differences
Kevin may be in no rush, but a key executive producer has decided his time on a successful CBS comedy ends now.

Bruce Helford has stepped down as showrunner of Kevin Can Wait, per our sister site Deadline, reportedly because of creative differences with star Kevin James.

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Helford co-created the series with Rock Reuben (The King of Queens) and James. Executive producer Rob Long (Cheers, Sullivan and Son) will take over as showrunner.

TVLine has reached out to CBS for comment.

James’ second CBS sitcom recently scored a full-season pickup,
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‘Kevin Can Wait’ Showrunner Bruce Helford Exits CBS Comedy Series, Rob Long Will Replace Him

Exclusive: There is a shakeup on the new CBS comedy Kevin Can Wait starring Kevin James whose showrunner Bruce Helford has departed. Sitcom veteran Helford co-created the series, recently given a full-season order by CBS, with James and James’ frequent collaborator Rock Reuben. I hear Helford stepped down over creative differences with James. He will be succeeded by another long-time sitcom writer-producer, Cheers alum Rob Long, who has come on board as executive…
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Showrunners for New TV Season Remain Mostly White and Male

Despite the success of series like “Black-ish,” “Empire,” and “Fresh Off the Boat,” the broadcast networks’ push for diversity hit a stumbling block with the rollout of the new fall lineup. A Variety investigation into new scripted shows for the 2016-17 season reveals that 90% of showrunners are white, and almost 80% are male.

This is based on information provided by the five broadcast networks, which gave Variety the names of the showrunners of their new scripted programs (a total of 50 across 38 new series). Variety independently confirmed the race and gender of each, via multiple sources. All names and data used for this story is available below. (Showrunner designations were not yet available for four series — two at NBC and two at ABC — and information on those programs was not included in the statistical analysis of the new season.)

Showrunners not only determine the creative direction of their programs; they also oversee the hiring,
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Are You Ready for These 8 New CBS Series?

Right on cue with the rest of the big four, CBS announced its new series and lineup switch-ups for the 2016–17 season earlier this week. With this season’s crop, audiences will see familiar primetime faces like Kevin James, Matt LeBlanc, Joel McHale, and Katherine Heigl across three new comedies and three new dramas for the fall along with two dramas to premiere later in the season. Catch a quick roundup of what’s to come below. Series For Fall 2016 “Bull”Inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw, this CBS drama stars Michael Weatherly as the “brilliant, brash, and charming” Dr. Jason Bull, founder of Trial Analysis Corporation, a trial consulting firm. Bull and his team of formidable colleagues masterfully work together to put some bias behind the scales of justice. “Kevin Can WaitKevin James changes his Ups uniform to that of a police officer in this new
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Watch ‘Star Trek’ Revival’s First Teaser and More CBS Trailers

CBS has released the trailers for the new shows debuting during the network’s 2016-17 season, including the upcoming revival of “Star Trek.” The first look teaser for the sci-fi series had no footage, but promised “new crews, new villains, new heroes, new worlds.”

Though the logo simply says “Star Trek,” Variety has learned that the series will have a more specific title to be unveiled at a later date. Later installments in the “Star Trek” television franchise had titles that differentiated them from the original series — “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Star Trek: Voyager,” and “Star Trek: Enterprise.”

CBS also unveiled promos for the remakes of “MacGyver” and “Training Day,” and new comedies starring Kevin James and Matt LeBlanc, among others.

Check out the videos for the new series below.

Star Trek

Fall Dramas:

MacGyver,” a reimagining of the classic series, is an action-adventure
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CBS Officially Greenlights Kevin James Comedy ‘Kevin Can Wait’

CBS Officially Greenlights Kevin James Comedy ‘Kevin Can Wait’
CBS has given an official series order to Kevin James’ new comedy “Kevin Can Wait.” The previously untitled project from CBS Television Studios and Sony Pictures Television had already received a production commitment for the 2016-17 season from the network.

The multi-camera comedy stars James as a newly retired police officer looking forward to spending carefree, quality time with his wife and three kids, only to discover he faces tougher challenges at home than he ever did on the streets. Erinn Hayes is set to star as James’ character’s wife, with Taylor Spreitler, Mary-Charles Jones, James Digiacomo, Ryan Cartwright, Leonard Earl Howze, Lenny Venito and Gary Valentine rounding out the cast.

Comedy vet Bruce Helford will serve as showrunner and exec producer with Rock Reuben, James, Jeff Sussman and Andy Fickman. The series is being produced through James’ overall deal with Sony Pictures TV.

In a statement last fall
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Kevin James' New CBS Sitcom Gets Title

Kevin James' New CBS Sitcom Gets Title
Somewhere, Warren Beatty is having a good chuckle over the name of Kevin Jamesnew CBS sitcom. The formerly untitled project, which was ordered to series earlier this year, will be called "Kevin Can Wait," TVLine has learned.

The multi-cam sitcom finds James playing a retired cop looking forward to spending more quality time with his wife Donna (played by Childrens Hospital‘s Erinn Hayes) and three kids (including Melissa & Joey‘s Taylor Spreitler), only to discover he faces a tougher time at home than he did on the streets.

The cast also includes Mary-Charles Jones,
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‘Childrens Hospital’ Star Erinn Hayes Cast as Kevin James’ Wife in CBS Comedy

‘Childrens Hospital’ Star Erinn Hayes Cast as Kevin James’ Wife in CBS Comedy
Erinn Hayes will co-star in the untitled Kevin James project at CBS, Variety has learned. The “Childrens Hospital” vet will play Kevin James’ wife in the series.

The show revolves around a newly retired police officer, played by James, looking forward to spending more quality time with his wife and three kids, only to discover he faces much tougher challenges at home than he ever did on the streets. Hayes will play Donna, his wife of 20 years who had to hold the family together while waiting for him to retire from the police force.

Hayes joins an ensemble that includes Taylor Spreitler, who will play the duo’s daughter Kendra; Mary-Charles Jones, as their other daughter; James Digiacomo, as their youngest child Jack; Ryan Cartwright, who will play Chale, who is in love with Spreitler’s Kendra; and Leonard Earl Howze, as Goody, Kevin’s former police partner and one of his closest friends.
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Kevin James' New CBS Sitcom Casts Taylor Spreitler as 'Radicalized' Spawn

Kevin James' New CBS Sitcom Casts Taylor Spreitler as 'Radicalized' Spawn
Look out Kevin James — your new TV daughter’s got a mind of her own.

Melissa & Joey‘s Taylor Spreitler has joined CBS’ straight-to-series Untitled Kevin James Project as Kendra, James’ former people-pleasing daddy’s girl who has been radicalized by college and now has her own independence and point of view.

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The multi-cam sitcom, which received a 13-episode order from CBS and is slated to debut during the 2016-17 season, finds King of Queens vet James playing a retired cop looking forward to spending
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CBS Orders New Kevin James Comedy

Kevin James of Everybody Loves Raymond and The King of Queens fame, has received a 13 episode order for his new, untitled, multi-cam sitcom, from CBS. Deadline Hollywood reports that James will star. He will also co-write, with King of Queens Ep, Rock Reuben; Bruce Helford is set as show-runner. Per Deadline, the series is planned for the 2016-17 television season.Read More…
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Kevin James Returns to CBS as Star of New Family Comedy

Kevin James Returns to CBS as Star of New Family Comedy
King of Queens‘ Kevin James is returning to CBS in a new family comedy that has snagged a 13-episode commitment from the network, TVLine has confirmed.

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The sitcom, which will debut during the 2016-17 season, finds James playing a retired cop looking forward to spending more quality time with his wife and three kids, only to discover he faces a tougher time at home than he did on the streets.

In addition to starring, James will write and serve as an exec producer alongside fellow King Of Queens Ep Rock Reuben.
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Kevin James Returning to CBS With Family Comedy

Kevin James Returning to CBS With Family Comedy
Kevin James is coming back to CBS. The network has given a 13-episode series production commitment to a new family comedy starring, written and exec produced by the King of Queens alum, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The untitled multicam project stars James as a newly retired police officer looking forward to spending more quality time with his wife and three kids only to figure out he faces more challenges at home than he ever did on the streets. Bruce Helford (The Drew Carey Show) and Rock Reuben (The King of Queens) are also on board as writers and

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Kevin James Returns To CBS With New Family Comedy

Kevin James Returns To CBS With New Family Comedy
Kevin James is heading back to TV. CBS has given a 13-episode order to a multi-camera comedy toplined by The King Of Queens star, which he will co-write with former King Of Queens executive producer and frequent collaborator Rock Reuben and with sitcom veteran Bruce Helford who will serve as showrunner. The untitled comedy series, slated for the 2016-17 season, hails from Sony Pictures TV and James’ studio-based Hey Eddie Prods., which has hired Drew Worobow as VP of…
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