When the creators of Kevin James's new show Kevin Can Wait couldn't come up with any fresh ideas for the second season, they solved the problem by killing off his on-screen wife, played by actress Erinn Hayes.
James had this to say about the decision:
“I get that people are like ‘Whoa, why would you do this?’ But it really felt like a thing like this was needed for this show to drive forward. The plot of the show didn’t have enough drive. If we got through a second season, I wouldn’t see us getting through a third one. We were literally just running out of ideas.”
One idea they came up with to get the creative juices flowing was to bring in Leah Remini as a full time cast member, playing James' ex-partner on the police force. You'll remember that Remini and James played a married couple in the sitcom The King of Queens.
Kevin James killed off the wife on his new show because they "ran out of ideas" and then replaced her with the wife from his old show?— Death Grubb (@JeffGrubb) October 17, 2017
Wait, you just admitted that CBS greenlit a show for multiple seasons that barely had a season's worth of viable ideas?— David Catherine (@DavidCatherine) October 16, 2017
I call bullsh*t! They pretty much guaranteed no third season, now.— Dcmarsh64 (@DcMarsh64) October 17, 2017
I really liked Erinn, and loved the interaction between Kevin and Erinn. Not watching the program now.— Patricia Mafull (@PMafull) October 17, 2017
I guess that’s what happens when you kill off a female lead to further the man’s plot. 😤— Ryan Nichole (@horseandlion) October 17, 2017
The alternative would be to just have two important female characters. I guess that’d make too much sense.— Ryan Nichole (@horseandlion) October 17, 2017
I think that is rotten and I refuse to watch this show....hope it gets cancelled— D Green (@PrivateGreen) October 17, 2017
Loved Erinn & I thought she was funny on the show. Don’t care for it now- too fake.— Mary Quine (@mquine1) October 17, 2017
Watching ‘Kevin Can Wait’ on CBS and the nostalgia is real. Seeing Leah Remini and Kevin James together again feels so right man— ill smit (@biigbesto) October 17, 2017
I get weirdly happy watching Kevin James and Leah Remini argue with each other on their new show.— Mike Nunn (@NunnBetta) October 10, 2017
Time will tell if Remini's character lives to see season 3.