After nine successful seasons, CBS hit sitcom “The King of Queens” said au revoir to the small screen. The show’s protagonists, played by actors Kevin James and Leah Remini, played a husband and wife who were beloved by fans across the nation and who, since the show’s 2007 departure, have been greatly missed.
But when CBS announced the start of a new show featuring Kevin James, “Kevin Can Wait,” fans finally got their wish. In a two-episode cameo in the spring, James and Remini reunited on screen for the first time in almost a decade.
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NEW YORK – March 24, 2017 – Leah Remini will reunite with her former TV husband, Kevin James, when she guest stars in the two-part first season finale of the #1 new comedy KEVIN CAN WAIT, Monday, May 1 and Monday, May 8 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. James and Remini starred together for nine seasons on the hit series “The King of Queens,” on the Network.
James’s character, a retired cop, was forced out of retirement and into an undercover operation alongside his ex-partner, played by Remini. Thankfully for fans, their undercover identities were as husband and wife.
It’s clear CBS knew how good their on-screen dynamic was, and that the public would love them back together.
But what the network didn’t prepare for was just how much the public loved them back together, and after the two episodes aired in May, CBS took notice.
Check out Leah Remini on "Kevin Can Wait." She just can't quit me.
Now, fans have been gifted with the ultimate TV reunion.
According to USA Today, Remini will be brought back for Season 2, once again, play James’s wife.
Following the wrap of Season 1, Erinn Hayes — the actress who was playing James’s real wife in the show — was quickly fired, and will be killed off in the show.
Season 2 of “Kevin Can Wait” will reportedly resume around nine months after her character’s death.
Of course, not everyone was thrilled with the choice to kill off Hayes’s character rather than, say, write in a divorce:
#KevinCanWait is killing off Erinn Hayes' character.
I didn't watched the first season now I'm definetely not watching this show.
— Agent Jhonas (@JhonasStil) August 1, 2017
#KevinCanWait is suppose to be a comedy right…nothing says funny like a dead wife with young kids. …said no one ever
— Shell Gibson (@shellgibson02) August 1, 2017
— Sporadically Rude (@nosympathy82) August 1, 2017
But plenty of folks are excited, too:
— Elsa (@elsargutierrez) August 1, 2017
Sad for her, but a good decision. She was too young to play the Mom, totally not believable. Plus they had no chemistry, zero #KevinCanWait
— Taber Alderman (@TLAlderman54) August 1, 2017
On Tuesday, Thom Sherman, senior executive vice president at CBS, told the Television Critics:
“Obviously, the chemistry between Kevin and Leah was amazing in the stunt episode(s) we did at the end of last season, and we decided we want to continue that.”
Sherman denied that the show is heading in the same exact direction as “The King of Queens,” despite the fact that even Remini herself told USA Today their new characters are “literally Doug and Carrie, as cops.”
Regardless of how similar “Kevin Can Wait” and “The King of Queens” will actually become, fans can’t wait for their favorite TV couple to come together once more.