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Is Kevin Can Wait becoming the new King of Queens?

Attention all King of Queens’ fans! Kevin James’ CBS sitcom Kevin Can Wait is changing in a strange direction for season 2 and King of Queens’ fans might be the only ones benefited from it.


Leah Remini, the former leading lady of King of Queens, is joining the cast of Kevin Can Wait as a series regular and Erinn Hayes, who plays Kevin James’ wife on the current show, will not return for season 2. In the season 1 finale, Remini guest starred on Kevin Can Wait as Vanessa Cellucci, James’ character’s former colleague, an undercover police officer, and she will reprise her role in season 2.


Both stars announced the big news on social media. Erinn Hayes tweeted on June 3rd,


 “I’ve been let go from the show. Very sad, I had a great experience season 1. Thank you for all the support from our wonderful fans.”


Remini posted a screenshot of a tweet about the change on Instagram with the caption,


“Dreams do come true. #blessed #grateful.”


How will this work? Season One ended with Donna, Erinn Hayes’ character, announcing that she had quit her job and panicking because she realized neither she nor her husband had a job to provide for the family, then Kevin assured her they will get through it. Would they be divorced in season 2? In That 70’s Show, Midge, Tanya Roberts’ character, left for California and divorced Bob after Roberts left the show. Would Kevin Can Wait take the same route?

Could this development be ratings related? Kevin Can Wait’s ratings dropped from 11.078 million (Premiere) to 5.683 million (Finale.) In an article, Emily Yahr from The Washington Post suspects that this is how the network and producers are trying to attract viewers for season 2. She wrote,


“The network and producers are banking on viewers wondering all of these things — and, naturally, tuning in to the second-season premiere in the fall. Well played.”


What are the producers up to? Why this new cast shakeup? Find out on Kevin Can Wait’s season 2 on Monday, September 25th at 9/8c. Buckle up, folks. This is going to be a weird ride.


Written by Curtis Han, RM Entertainment Contributor

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