Kevin Can Wait was 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). For season two, the character of Donna died, and the series' new female lead was Vanessa Cellucci (Leah Remini), Kevin's former rival on the force and his new boss at a security company. While the first season focused on Kevin's personal life, the second concerned 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.
The show is pretty much only known for its infamous retooling between seasons, which was widely criticized and even inspired the AMC series Kevin Can F**k Himself, which isn't a direct parody, but the combination of its premise, title, and execution does little to hide the Take That! aimed this show's way.
- 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 died between Season 1 and Season 2. How she died was never mentioned.
- Spiritual Successor: To The King of Queens. Kevin Can Wait even had Leah Remini who played his wife and Gary Valentine who played his cousin on TKOQ.