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.