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

Steve Holland

Reuniting James with his former King of Queens co-star provided such wonderful chemistry that producers were keen to keep her on for the new season. Kelly Kahl, the network's president of entertainment, revealed during the Television Critics Association panel Tuesday that the character will be killed off.

Last season, Kevin James and Leah Remini reunited on "Kevin Can Wait".

It was the strangest twist of the TV season: In June, shortly after the first season finale of CBS' Kevin James sitcom "Kevin Can Wait", the show's creators chose to get rid of the character played by Erinn Hayes, who starred as James's wife. "Ultimately this what was decided with the producers that this was the best way to move forward".

- "Kevin Can Wait" is joining the ranks of "This Is Us" when it comes to mysterious deaths. So successful was this "stunt" episode that the network made a decision to bring Remini onto the show as a full-fledged cast member. Asked specifically how Kevin Can Wait planned to make the death of a wife and mother amusing, Kahl said he wasn't sure that was possible. On the sitcom, she played the wife of Kevin James' lead character, retired police officer Kevin Gable.

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But even though Kevin Can Wait was the most successful new comedy on television a year ago, CBS now thinks they shouldn't have tried to fix something that wasn't broken. "I think Leah and the studio and network got together and we wanted to keep that magic together".

So unless there's a zombie episode, last season was likely the last we'll see of the actress on the show. 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. "Much obliged to you for all the help from our superb fans".

Kevin Can Wait will flash forward for its second season, but the Gable family will be missing its matriarch.

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