Kevin Can Wait is an American sitcom television series starring Kevin James. The series premiered on September 19, 2016. The series marked James' second starring role in a CBS sitcom, after The King of Queens, which ran from 1998 until 2007.
The series began with James starring as a recently retired Nassau County, New York police officer and father of three, married to Donna (Erinn Hayes). Beginning with season two, the character of Donna has died, and the series' new female lead is Vanessa Cellucci (Leah Remini), Kevin's former rival on the force and now his new boss at a security company. While the first season focused on Kevin's personal life, the second concerns his new profession, his relationship with Vanessa, and his adjustment to life as a single parent.
After the Season 2 finale, the show was cancelled by CBS.
- Bumbling Dad: Kevin. Downplayed in the first season, but it got pretty bad after Donna's death.
- Dating What Daddy Hates: Kevin was not happy that Kendra was engaged to Chale.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Donna dies between Season 1 and Season 2. How she dies is never mentioned.
- Spiritual Successor: To The King of Queens. Kevin Can Wait even has Leah Remini who played his wife and Gary Valentine who played his cousin on TKOQ.