CBS Didn't Like One TV Wife, Kills Her, Brings Back Another

Kevin James and Leah Remini are back together
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2017 8:11 AM CDT
Updated Aug 5, 2017 9:00 AM CDT
CBS Didn't Like One TV Wife, Kills Her, Brings Back Another
A 2007 photo of Kevin James and Leah Remini on the set of the CBS comedy 'The King Of Queens.'   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

When the CBS sitcom Kevin Can Wait returns next season it will manage to look very different and yet very familiar at the same time. How so? The network has made the bold decision to kill off co-star Erinn Hayes, who played the wife of Kevin James' character on season one, and give James a new love interest in the form of Leah Remini. Which means that James and Remini will essentially be resurrecting their long-running King of Queens partnership, notes USA Today.

“The character will have passed away and we will be moving forward in time catching up at a later date,” CBS programming boss Thom Sherman explained to a gathering of TV critics on Tuesday, per Variety. He pushed back against the notion that the show will become a slightly different version of King of Queens, though Remini herself suggested otherwise previously. The two Kevin Can Wait characters are "literally Doug and Carrie as cops," she said, referring to their former iterations of Doug and Carrie Heffernan. (More Leah Remini stories.)

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