Kevin Can Wait

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Kevin Can Wait
Kevin Can Wait intertitle.jpg
Genre Sitcom
Created by
Starring
Opening theme "Ordinary Guy"
performed by Michael Delguidice
Composer(s) Raney Shockne
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 33 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Nancy Chadrow Haas
Location(s) New York
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22—24 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Release
Original network CBS
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Original release September 19, 2016 (2016-09-19) – present
External links
Official website www.cbs.com/shows/kevin-can-wait/

Kevin Can Wait is an American sitcom television series starring Kevin James. The series premiered on September 19, 2016,[2] the series marked James' second starring role in a CBS sitcom, after The King of Queens, which ran from 1998 until 2007. On March 23, 2017, CBS renewed the series for a second season, which premiered on September 25, 2017.[3][4]

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). Beginning with season two, the character of Donna has died, and the series' new female lead is Vanessa Cellucci (Leah Remini), Kevin's former rival on the force and now his new boss at a security company. While the first season focused on Kevin's personal and family life, the second concerns his new profession, his relationship with Vanessa, and his adjustment to life as a single parent.

Plot[edit]

Kevin Gable is a newly retired Nassau County police officer living in Massapequa, New York, on Long Island, with wife Donna, daughters Kendra and Sara, and son Jack. He looks forward to spending time with his family and hanging out with his friends, who are also retired officers: Goody, Duffy, and Mott. However, his elder daughter Kendra, who was away at college, moves back into town with her unemployed fiancé, Chale, and begin living in the home's garage; Sara is becoming increasingly difficult, with anger-management issues; and youngest son Jack is a hypochondriac who sees the school therapist for anxiety-related issues.

During the first season, Kevin holds various odd jobs to supplement his retirement income while the family deals with several issues, including Kendra's and Chale's wedding. Most scenes during the first season took place either at the Gable household or the restaurant Enzo's.

Season two picks up over a year after the events of the first-season finale. Donna has been deceased for about a year, leaving the widowed Kevin with the three kids, and now working full-time with his old work rival, Vanessa Cellucci, in their new security company (at first named Golden Phoenix Security, later changed to Monkey Fist Security).[5][6]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

  • Kevin James as Kevin Gable:
    The patriarch of the Gable household. As the series started, Kevin, a recently retired cop married to wife Donna, tends to get involved in some situation, which he usually solves with his down-to-earth principles, and some help from Donna, after Donna's death between the first two seasons, the widowed Kevin becomes a helicopter parent, who goes to work at a security firm with his ex-partner, Vanessa Cellucci.
  • Erinn Hayes as Donna Gable (season 1):
    Kevin's wife and the matriarch of the Gable household for the first season. Donna is a school nurse, until she quits in the first season finale (also her last physical appearance in the series). Donna passes away before the second season.[7][8][note 1] Her father does, or did, not like Kevin, as mentioned in the pilot episode, the episode "The Fantastic Pho" reveals Kevin and Donna met at a bar.
  • Taylor Spreitler as Kendra Gable:
    The eldest Gable daughter. Kendra is a 21-year-old college student (she gets into Columbia Law School in the first season finale), who also works as a waitress at Enzo's. Out of all the Gable kids, she has the most prominent role in the series; in the pilot, she revealed her engagement to her parents (Donna only knew they were dating, while Kevin was not even told) and moved back in with her fiancé, Chale. Kendra is the most responsible and dependable of the Gable kids. While most of the first season shows her and Donna planning her wedding, she and Chale get married in the season two premiere, after he faces deportation. Following the death of Donna, Kendra becomes the surrogate matriarch of the family.
  • Ryan Cartwright as Chale Witt:
    Kendra's English fiancé. He moves into the Gables' garage following the revelation of his engagement with Kendra. Chale claims to be designing an app that will be successful; thus, Chale is unemployed for the majority of the series. In the season two premiere, he and Kendra marry as he faces deportation. A couple episodes later, Chale begins working at Enzo's alongside Kendra.
  • Mary-Charles Jones as Sara Marie Gable:
    The youngest Gable daughter. Sara has anger management issues that are frequently mentioned throughout the series (e.g. starting a food fight, calling a family friend's baby "stupid", etc.). Sara is somewhat of a tomboy — she excels at and loves sports, watches football, and frequently fights. Sara is also known to have a rebellious streak: she has been suspended, stolen her father's money, and even created a secret second Facebook account and snuck off with her boyfriend, despite her hostility (especially towards her siblings), she does overall love her family. The first season saw Sara mostly in short, cameo roles; she becomes more prominent in the second season.
  • James DiGiacomo as Jack Gable:
    The son of the Gables. Jack is 11-years-old, and is portrayed as the weakest Gable child (especially when compared to Sara), and somewhat dim, he has very few friends, and is stated to be a hypochondriac. He frequently tries to make friends, but with little success, the first season saw Jack mostly in short, cameo roles; he becomes more prominent in the second season.
  • Gary Valentine as Kyle Gable:
    Kevin's older brother. He is a firefighter for the New York City Fire Department, but spends most of his time cooking in the firehouse's kitchen. Kyle is a bachelor, and has a crush on Vanessa (much to her dismay), as a part of Kevin's group, he is frequently seen with Kevin's friends, and is also seen at the Gable household.
  • Leonard Earl Howze as Tyrone "Goody" Goodman:
    Kevin's friend from the force, who he is frequently seen with. He is married to Didi, who was good friends with Donna.
  • Lenny Venito as Duffy (season 1):
    Kevin's friend, also newly retired from the force. He has been divorced three times. Duffy was written out in the second season, without any explanation for the character's absence.
  • Leah Remini as Vanessa Cellucci (season 2-present; guest season 1):
    Kevin's former partner on the force, and later, his business partner. She was introduced in the first-season finale as a police detective who had worked with Kevin on a major case, even though they were rivals and frequently bickered. Following the retooling, Vanessa becomes Kevin's boss in the second episode, with her own struggling company, Golden Phoenix Security.[9] Remini's new character was introduced in the two-part first-season finale.[10] Vanessa is mentioned to have several exes, many of which she has dumped for ridiculous and unbelievable reasons (e.g. helping sick kids in Africa for three years, moving to Australia), and which sometimes get her distracted (e.g. she was getting liability insurance, but did forgot about it after she dumped a State Farm agent).

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Christopher Brian Roach (also credited as Chris Roach) as Mott, another one of Kevin's friends, who is usually regarded as the dimmest of the group. He is married to Cindy, and has seven young, rambunctious kids.
  • Bas Rutten as Rutger Vandekamp, the Gables' annoying Dutch neighbor who becomes Kevin's friend. He lives with his mother and his long-term girlfriend, during the first season, he works in the warehouse at a big box store. In the second season, Kevin and Vanessa hire him at their security company.
  • Jim Breuer as Father Philip, the priest at the Gables' Catholic church.
  • Joe Starr as Enzo, the owner of Enzo's, and Kendra's boss.
  • Saidah Arrika Ekulona as Didi, Goody's wife and a friend of Donna's. She frequently expressed worry about Goody facing danger on the police force. (Season 1)
  • Chris Weidman as Nick Dawson, a rookie cop who is the new partner of Kevin's former partner. (Season 1)

Notable guest stars[edit]

  • Ray Romano as Vic Margolis, an annoying hot tub salesman, whose son befriends Jack ("Beat the Parents")
  • Noah Syndergaard as Halloween Viking ("Hallow-We-Ain't-Home")
  • Adam Sandler as Jimmy, Kevin's former partner ("Who's Better Than Us?")
  • Billy Joel as himself ("Kevin's Bringing Supper Back")
  • Harry Connick Jr. as himself ("Kenny Can Wait")
  • Chazz Palminteri as Vincent Cellucci, Vanessa's father ("Plus One is the Loneliest Number")
  • Loni Love as Yvette, a pawn shop owner ("The Owl")

In addition, James' family has appeared in the series (in addition to regular cast member Gary Valentine). James' real-life wife, Steffiana De La Cruz, and two of James' daughters, Shea James and Sienna James, have appeared in the series; De La Cruz was in "Double Date" as a half of a couple Kevin and Donna try to befriend, while Shea and Sienna appeared in various roles throughout both seasons. Also, theme song performer Michael Delguidice has appeared in the series in minor roles.

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 24 September 19, 2016 (2016-09-19) May 8, 2017 (2017-05-08)
2 TBA September 25, 2017 (2017-09-25) TBA

Season 1 (2016–17)[edit]

No.
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No. in
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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 1 "Pilot" Andy Fickman Kevin James & Bruce Helford & Rock Reuben September 19, 2016 (2016-09-19) KCW100 11.08[11]
Kevin Gable, a newly retired police officer living with his wife Donna and their three children, is looking forward to raucous adventures with his fellow retired cop friends. But things take a turn when his college-age daughter Kendra announces she's quitting school to work and support her nerdy boyfriend Chale, who claims to be developing an app that will make them rich.
2 2 "Sleep Disorder" Andy Fickman Michael Loftus September 26, 2016 (2016-09-26) KCW102 10.62[12]
Now that he's home all the time, Kevin starts noticing Donna has moved a lot of things around to her own advantage and that most of his favorite stuff is in the attic. He confronts her, and she lets him move one thing back while agreeing they will always discuss changes together moving forward. Kevin thinks he's won, but his friends convince him Donna just threw him a bone and that nothing will change. Elsewhere, Kendra tries to get Chale to act tougher, but her schemes backfire.
3 3 "Chore Weasel" Andy Fickman Mike Soccio October 3, 2016 (2016-10-03) KCW104 9.60[13]
Kevin agrees to stay home in the afternoon to wait for the delivery of Donna's armoire, but he instead hires a rep from Chore Weasel to do it for him so he can play football with the guys. Although he must now hide the Chore Weasel expenses and his football injury from Donna, Kevin can't resist calling Chore Weasel for other projects. Unfortunately for Kevin, Chale catches him in the act and struggles to keep his secret.
4 4 "Kevin and Donna's Book Club" Andy Fickman Heather Flanders October 10, 2016 (2016-10-10) KCW101 8.70[14]
When the guys can't agree on a bonding activity, Kevin joins Donna's all-female book club. He is initially a hit with the ladies, but quickly wears out his welcome.
5 5 "Kevin's Good Story" Andy Fickman Peter Hoare October 17, 2016 (2016-10-17) KCW105 8.54[15]
While Kevin and Donna are dining on their wedding anniversary with Goody and his wife Didi, Donna relates a story about one of Kevin's heroic deeds as a cop from six years ago. Goody realizes Kevin has stolen his hero story and passed it off as his own, but neither man can come clean; Kevin used the story as an excuse for forgetting his anniversary six years ago, while Goody urged Kevin to never mention the incident for fear that Didi would make him quit the police force.
6 6 "Beat the Parents" Andy Fickman John Cochran October 24, 2016 (2016-10-24) KCW106 7.91[16]
Kevin and Donna help Jack meet a new friend, Graydon, and are thrilled when the boys hit it off...that is, until they meet Graydon's irritating parents, Vic (Ray Romano) and Brandi (Lindsey Broad). Kevin and Donna then have to decide if they will sabotage the boys' friendship.
7 7 "Hallow-We-Ain't-Home" Andy Fickman Bruce Helford October 31, 2016 (2016-10-31) KCW108 6.42[17]
When Donna says she is wiped out after a hard day and doesn't feel like giving out Halloween candy, Kevin convinces her they should turn off the lights and pretend they aren't home. Their plan backfires, however, when they are lured outside by an angry neighbor couple and their kids. Meanwhile, Kendra and Chale take Sara and Jack to a trunk-o-ween event, where people give out candy from their car trunks.
8 8 "Who's Better than Us?" Andy Fickman Peter Hoare & John Cochran November 7, 2016 (2016-11-07) KCW107 7.41[18]
Kevin runs into his old partner Jimmy (Adam Sandler), and becomes annoyed when Jimmy's new partner Nick (Chris Weidman) says Jimmy hasn't told him any stories about riding with Kevin. Kevin's spirits are lifted some when Jimmy invites him to a ceremony at the church, where he plans to honor someone "very special" in his life, the ceremony turns out to be for the seemingly perfect Nick, with Jimmy telling Kevin he invited him as payback for never keeping in touch with him since he retired.
9 9 "The Power of Positive Drinking" Andy Fickman Heather Flanders & John Cochran November 14, 2016 (2016-11-14) KCW103 7.06[19]
When Kevin takes a job as a bartender at Enzo's, he starts dispensing unsolicited advice to his customers and fancies himself a "life coach", until it becomes apparent that his advice wasn't very helpful.
10 10 "The Fantastic Pho" Andy Fickman Michael Loftus & Mike Soccio November 21, 2016 (2016-11-21) KCW110 6.97[20]
Kevin quits another job because he can't stand taking orders from someone way younger than him. While telling Donna over a meal at a Vietnamese restaurant, Kevin has some pho and finds it delicious, he then decides he will be his own boss and sell pho from a food truck, but first he needs to convince some investors (Goody, Duffy, Mott and Kyle) to go along with the idea.
11 11 "Kevin's Bringing Supper Back" Andy Fickman Joanna Quraishi December 5, 2016 (2016-12-05) KCW109 7.14[21]
Kevin has become irritated by the lack of his family's closeness: Kendra and Sara are constantly at each other's throats, Jack is ignoring his family, and Donna has been working overtime and attempting to ignore everyone. Kevin imitates family bonding time, but the attempt gets off on a rocky start: board game night is ruined by Sara and Kendra fighting; and a soccer game where everyone wears a body bubble ends up with Jack going to the hospital. A dinner is almost ruined by Kendra and Sara arguing, but Kevin lays down his foot and makes the two reconcile. But, when the guys get him surprise concert tickets to see Billy Joel, he then has to decide if he will ditch his family.
12 12 "I'll Be Home for Christmas...Maybe" Andy Fickman Pete Correale December 12, 2016 (2016-12-12) KCW111 7.31[22]
When Mott's wife gets snowed in at a casino and Mott has to work, Kevin is put in charge of the couple's seven children for a few days and takes on an "unappreciated wife" role. Meanwhile, a lonely Kyle takes care of some things on Kevin's Christmas to-do list and impresses Donna with his diligence.
13 13 "Ring Worm" Andy Fickman Rock Reuben January 2, 2017 (2017-01-02) KCW112 7.36[23]
Kendra wonders why Chale is going out at night without telling her, and Chale confesses to Kevin that he got a job so he can buy Kendra an engagement ring. This reminds Kevin that he promised Donna many years ago to upgrade her ring when they could afford it. To keep it a surprise, Kevin then has to come up with a cover story to explain the $6,000 he moved from his and Donna's retirement account into their checking account.
14 14 "Kevin vs. The Dutch Elm" Andy Fickman Michael Loftus January 16, 2017 (2017-01-16) KCW113 8.66[24]
Donna pushes Kevin to make good on his promise to move the backyard pool, which has a dying tree casting shade over it during the summer. Kevin convinces Donna it would be easier to cut down the tree, but there are complications: the tree is on their neighbors' property and Kendra insists they first remove a family of squirrels living in the tree.
15 15 "Choke Doubt" Andy Fickman Mike Soccio January 23, 2017 (2017-01-23) KCW114 8.62[25]
Kevin saves Bill (Adam Ferrara), a man at the bar, from choking. A thankful Bill wants to make a big deal out of it, but Kevin refuses, saying that he's an ex-cop and is glad to help. Just then, Kyle appears on TV, being lauded as a hero after saving a cat from a fire, making Kevin rethink his modesty. Meanwhile, Donna's friend is starting a wedding planning business and offers to plan Kendra's and Chale's wedding for free to get her name out there, during the meeting, however, Donna and Chale clash over opposing ideas.
16 16 "The Back Out" Andy Fickman Kevin James & Rock Reuben February 6, 2017 (2017-02-06) KCW115 7.91[26]
Kevin is reluctant when Donna wants to become friends with Jackie (Ilana Becker) and Peter (Craig Bierko), a couple from church. He changes his tune when he learns that Peter is a chiropractor who works on some New York Mets players, and he offers Kevin and Donna a chance to stay at his condo in Florida during spring training, the trip is put in jeopardy, however, when Peter gives Kevin a free back adjustment and does a horrible job. Elsewhere, Kyle makes a pitch to be Chale's best man, even though he hardly knows him.
17 17 "Unholy War" Andy Fickman Tony Sheehan February 13, 2017 (2017-02-13) KCW116 7.85[27]
After reluctantly settling on a date for Kendra’s wedding, Kevin learns that his childhood nemesis, Terry Labasco (Kim Coates), is trying to reserve the church on the same day. As the two battle for Father Philip’s (Jim Breuer) approval by becoming more involved in the church, Kevin’s drive to secure the church for Kendra becomes an insatiable desire to get revenge on his old rival.
18 18 "Neighborhood Watch" Andy Fickman Alex Metz February 20, 2017 (2017-02-20) KCW117 7.29[28]
When the Gables' mailbox is smashed, Kevin organizes a neighborhood watch with Goody, Duffy and his neighbor Rutger (Bas Rutten). It's later revealed that Kevin concocted the crime to avoid hanging out with Stewart (Alexander Chaplin), the annoying husband of Donna's cousin Irene (Claire Coffee).
19 19 "Showroom Showdown" Andy Fickman Dan Staley March 13, 2017 (2017-03-13) KCW118 6.79[29]
When Kevin and Chale get jobs working with Rutger at an electronics store warehouse to help pay for the wedding, Chale’s quick promotion to the sales floor kick-starts Kevin’s competitive side. Meanwhile, Donna and Kendra desperately try to trim the wedding's guest list.
20 20 "Double Date" Andy Fickman Michael Loftus & Mike Soccio March 20, 2017 (2017-03-20) KCW119 5.93[30]
When Goody and Didi win an all-expenses paid weekend for four at a spa resort in a church raffle, the Gables assume they will be the other couple to go along with them, but Goody says they are taking the Motts instead. Irritated, Kevin and Donna look for other couple friends, after a mishap with finding a couple on a website, they invite Rutger and his girlfriend to the resort just so they can rub it in their other friends' faces.
21 21 "Kenny Can Wait" Andy Fickman Mike Soccio & Tony Sheehan April 10, 2017 (2017-04-10) KCW120 6.04[31]
In his new job as an Uber driver, Kevin picks up Harry Connick Jr. and impresses him so much that Harry asks him to be his regular driver. The only problem is: almost everything Kevin told Harry to impress him is a lie.
22 22 "Quiet Diet" Andy Fickman Pete Correale & Peter Hoare April 17, 2017 (2017-04-17) KCW121 5.90[32]
Kevin needs to get his cholesterol down so the premium on his life insurance doesn't go up and he can go to Mets fantasy camp. In the process of helping Kevin with a crash cleanse, Chale reveals an embarrassing secret about himself and a pair of oversized jeans.
23 23 "Sting of Queens: Part One" Andy Fickman Story by : Peter Hoare & Pete Correale
Teleplay by : Mike Soccio & Michael Loftus
May 1, 2017 (2017-05-01) KCW122 6.26[33]
Kevin is asked to come out of retirement and pretend to be the husband of Detective Vanessa Cellucci (Leah Remini, in her first appearance) in an important case, but he faces a dilemma when the case interferes with his trip to Mets fantasy camp. Meanwhile, Chale gets a high-paying job at a tech start-up company.
24 24 "Sting of Queens: Part Two" Andy Fickman Story by : Annie Levine & Jonathan Emerson
Teleplay by : Rock Reuben & Tony Sheehan
May 8, 2017 (2017-05-08) KCW123 5.68[34]
Kevin and Vanessa go to a hotel to try and corner a phony art dealer, and stumble onto a much bigger crime. They eventually crack the case, but not without the aid of an undercover FBI agent. Elsewhere, Donna gets passed over for a promotion at the school, then tells off her boss and quits, while Chale discovers the tech start-up he's just joined is about to go belly-up.

Season 2 (2017)[edit]

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
25 1 "Civil Ceremony" Andy Fickman Michael Loftus & Pete Correale & Peter Hoare September 25, 2017 (2017-09-25) KCW201 10.26[35]
When Chale notices that his visa has expired, he faces deportation and Kendra faces moving to England with him. Although Vanessa sets up a meeting at INS with one of her exes, Kevin blows the meeting, forcing a last-minute wedding for Kendra and Chale. However, issues arise when Kevin tracks down Father Philip to a Civil War battle reenactment, and Chale is hospitalized with appendicitis; in the end, Kendra and Chale are finally married at the hospital chapel, and have their reception at the reenactment.
26 2 "Business Unusual" Andy Fickman Annie Levine & Jon Emerson & Mike Soccio October 2, 2017 (2017-10-02) KCW202 6.65[36]
Kendra asks Vanessa to get Kevin a job, without his knowledge, to stop his helicopter parenting. Vanessa initially presents Kevin a case for her security agency — serving divorce papers to the elusive Anthony Beyer (Angelo Pagán, Leah Remini's real-life husband) — as a "one-day thing", but Kevin soon decides its time to go back to work, he applies at the company, only to find that Vanessa is the owner. Kevin refuses to have a "pity" job, and decides to go for a guy's night out, something else he has not done since Donna's death, with some new information (Kevin figured out the logo on Anthony's shirt, while Vanessa just called his wife), Kevin and Vanessa successfully finish the job — and ride a scary ride. Meanwhile, Kyle obsesses over Kevin's suspicious injury story.
27 3 "Kevin Goes Nuts" Andy Fickman Rock Reuben & Heather MacGillivray & Linda Mathious October 9, 2017 (2017-10-09) KCW203 6.01[37]
Vanessa tells a clueless Kevin that Sara's behavior indicates she has a boyfriend. This is confirmed when Vanessa uncovers Sara's secret second Facebook account. Kevin sneaks off from work to investigate, forcing Vanessa to go after him. Meanwhile, kids at school find out Jack has been lying about having a peanut allergy to sit with them at lunch, so he desperately searches for a new "illness" he can claim.
28 4 "Plus One is the Loneliest Number" Andy Fickman Tom Anderson & Avin Das October 16, 2017 (2017-10-16) KCW204 5.96[38]
When Kevin catches Vanessa's new boyfriend Trent kissing another woman, she's forced to go to her baby sister's wedding alone. But Kevin surprises Vanessa by crashing the wedding and pretending to be Trent, helping her save face with her father Vincent (Chazz Palminteri). Meanwhile, Kendra runs into her high school friend Noreen (Kristolyn Lloyd) at Enzo's, and hears about the exotic places the also-married Noreen went on her honeymoon, with help from Kyle and Photoshop, Kendra and a reluctant Chale create a fake honeymoon for Instagram.
29 5 "Grief Thief" Andy Fickman Mike Soccio & Heather MacGillvray & Linda Mathious October 23, 2017 (2017-10-23) KCW205 6.11[39]
Kyle goes to a Parents Without Spouses grief counseling session to see if it will help Kevin, but after meeting a widow who is interested in him, he lies and assumes Kevin's life. Kevin is upset when he hears about it, but he soon uses the grief group as an excuse to ditch a Sunday job with Vanessa and attend a Jets football game with Goody. Meanwhile, Chale is having trouble getting any sleep due to Kendra's aggressive cuddling.
30 6 "The Owl" Andy Fickman Phoef Sutton & Mark Jordan Legan October 30, 2017 (2017-10-30) KCW206 6.35[40]
Kevin and Chale go to great lengths to retrieve an owl cookie jar that Kevin had sold to Goody, not knowing it has sentimental value to Kendra. The two make a trip to Utica after learning that Goody gave the jar to his cousin, who subsequently pawned it. To make matters worse, the sassy pawn shop owner, Yvette (Loni Love), drives a hard bargin. Meanwhile, Vanessa is tired of Kyle flirting with her, and tries to help his love life by creating a fake dating profile using a photo of her hairdresser, and then letting him down easy by saying she moved to Australia. However, the plan backfires when Kyle recognizes the woman at a bar.
31 7 "The Kevin Crown Affair" Andy Fickman Michael Loftus & Pete Correale & Peter Hoare November 6, 2017 (2017-11-06) KCW207 6.31[41]
Kevin and Vanessa visit a potential new client, a toy store chain notable for its popular commercial with a "Prince of Toys". Kevin takes a pill that Rutger suggests will help him focus. However, Kevin screws up the interview, and both he and Vanessa secretly try to go back to change the client's mind, they have a long fight in the bathroom, later finding out the store has closed and they are trapped inside. Meanwhile, with his success implementing an electronic ordering system at Enzo's, Chale wants to quit working on his app to work at Enzo's full-time. Kendra forces Kyle to talk to Chale and convince him otherwise, but the conversation only succeeds in inspiring Kyle to get his old band back together.
32 8 "Slip 'n' Fall" Andy Fickman Dan Staley & Tom Anderson November 13, 2017 (2017-11-13) KCW210 6.15[42]
After Kevin spills fondue at the office, Rutger slips in it and falls, requiring a trip to the hospital and a neckbrace. Kevin and Vanessa both worry that Rutger will sue them, all the more desperate after Vanessa reveals she hasn't yet purchased liability insurance (due to her dumping a State Farm agent). When they find out Rutger has been seeing a lawyer, they come up with a plan to stage an "accident" at Rutger's house. Meanwhile at Enzo's, Kendra gives some legal advice to Mott and he thanks her with a $20 tip, this inspires Kyle and Chale to sell Kendra's services, even though she is technically not yet a lawyer.
33 9 "Cooking Up a Storm" Andy Fickman Dan Staley & Annie Levine & Jonathan Emerson November 20, 2017 (2017-11-20) KCW209 6.09[43]
Kevin vows to make a home-cooked Thanksgiving meal for the family, but when he finds it impossible, he relies on neighbor Wendy (Florencia Lozano) who is always bringing him food. Vanessa correctly deduces that Wendy has been bringing meals to Kevin because she's interested in him romantically, and wants Kevin to end the relationship. Meanwhile, Jack has been stocking supplies because he's read that Yellowstone sits on an active volcano that could blow anytime, causing chaos throughout the country, while Sara wants to cook the cornbread Donna had taught her to make before her death.
34 10 "Kevin Moves Metal"[44][45] Andy Fickman Peter Hoare & Pete Correale November 27, 2017 (2017-11-27) KCW208 TBD
35 11 "Trainer Wreck"[46] Andy Fickman Annie Levine & Jonathan Emerson December 11, 2017 (2017-12-11) TBA TBD

Production[edit]

In October 2015, it was announced Kevin James would star in a new family-comedy television series for CBS, while Rock Reuben will executive produce the series, and Bruce Helford would serve as the show runner.[47]

On October 17, 2016, CBS ordered a full season of 22 episodes;[48] in November 2016, Bruce Helford exited the series as showrunner after the first thirteen episodes, due to creative differences.[49] Cheers alum Rob Long replaced Helford as showrunner.[50] On January 6, 2017, two additional episodes were added, bringing the season to a total of 24 episodes.[51]

The series is filmed entirely on Long Island at Gold Coast Studios in Bethpage, New York,[52] the pilot episode was filmed on April 1, 2016.[53] Production on subsequent episodes began taping on August 5, 2016.[54]

Casting[edit]

In January 2016, Taylor Spreitler had been cast in the series as Kendra, Kevin's daughter;[55] in February 2016, Ryan Cartwright, Mary-Charles Jones, and James DiGiacomo had been cast in the series, as Kendra's boyfriend, and James' characters other children, respectively.[56][57] That same month, Leonard Earl Howze and Erinn Hayes joined the cast portraying James' character's friend and former police partner and James' wife, respectively;[58][59] in March 2016, Lenny Venito and Gary Valentine joined the cast.[60]

In September 2016, it was announced Ray Romano and Gina Brillon would guest star;[61][62] in November 2016, it was announced Adam Sandler would also guest star.[63] In March 2017, it was announced James' former King of Queens co-star Leah Remini would guest star in the first season's final two episodes.[64][65]

In June 2017, Remini was upped to a series regular starting with Season 2; shortly after, it was announced that Erinn Hayes would not be returning for the show's second season.[66][67][68] Sources cited in a Variety article confirmed that Remini would be returning as Detective Vanessa Cellucci, the character she portrayed in the first-season finale, and that Hayes' dismissal was for creative reasons and "not a reflection" of the actress' performance;[67] in August 2017, it was reported Hayes' character will be killed off before season two begins and the season will take place 7–10 months after season one ended, in order to make room for Remini.[69]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

During the first season, Kevin Can Wait received generally negative reviews from critics, on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 30%, based on 23 reviews, with an average rating of 3.9/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Kevin James proves a likable, funny lead, but Kevin Can Wait relies too heavily on predictable, unfunny jokes and a series of lackluster subplots to stand out from the crowd."[70] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the series has a score 39 out of 100, based on 17 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[71]

Ratings[edit]

Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Rank Avg. viewers
(millions)
18–49 rating
(average)
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 Monday 8:30 PM (1–5)
Monday 8:00 PM (6–24)
24 September 19, 2016 (2016-09-19) 11.08[11] May 8, 2017 (2017-05-08) 5.68[34] 2016–17 32 9.24 2.1[72]
2 Monday 9:00 PM (1–5)
Monday 8:00 PM (6–)
TBA September 25, 2017 (2017-09-25) 10.26[35] TBA TBD 2017–18 TBD TBD TBD

Season 1 (2016–17)[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
Total
(18–49)
1 "Pilot" September 19, 2016 2.6/9 11.08[11] 0.9 3.5[73]
2 "Sleep Disorder" September 26, 2016 2.7/8 10.62[12] 0.9 3.6[74]
3 "Chore Weasel" October 3, 2016 2.2/8 9.60[13] 0.8 3.0[75]
4 "Kevin and Donna's Book Club" October 10, 2016 2.1/7 8.70[14] 0.8 2.9[76]
5 "Kevin's Good Story" October 17, 2016 2.1/7 8.54[15] 0.7 2.8[77]
6 "Beat the Parents" October 24, 2016 1.7/6 7.91[16] N/A N/A
7 "Hallow-We-Ain't-Home" October 31, 2016 1.3/5 6.42[17] 0.6 1.9[78]
8 "Who's Better than Us?" November 7, 2016 1.7/6 7.41[18] N/A N/A
9 "The Power of Positive Drinking" November 14, 2016 1.6/5 7.06[19] N/A N/A
10 "The Fantastic Pho" November 21, 2016 1.5/5 6.97[20] 0.5 2.0[79]
11 "Kevin's Bringing Supper Back" December 5, 2016 1.5/5 7.14[21] N/A N/A
12 "I'll Be Home for Christmas...Maybe" December 12, 2016 1.4/5 7.31[22] 0.6 2.0[80]
13 "Ring Worm" January 2, 2017 1.4/5 7.36[23] N/A N/A
14 "Kevin vs. The Dutch Elm" January 16, 2017 1.7/6 8.66[24] N/A N/A
15 "Choke Doubt" January 23, 2017 1.7/6 8.62[25] 0.6 2.3[81]
16 "The Back Out" February 6, 2017 1.5/5 7.91[26] N/A N/A
17 "Unholy War" February 13, 2017 1.5/6 7.85[27] N/A N/A
18 "Neighborhood Watch" February 20, 2017 1.4/5 7.29[28] N/A N/A
19 "Showroom Showdown" March 13, 2017 1.3/5 6.79[29] N/A N/A
20 "Double Date" March 20, 2017 1.1/4 5.93[30] N/A N/A
21 "Kenny Can Wait" April 10, 2017 1.2/5 6.04[31] N/A N/A
22 "Quiet Diet" April 17, 2017 1.1/4 5.90[32] N/A N/A
23 "Sting of Queens: Part One" May 1, 2017 1.2/5 6.26[33] N/A N/A
24 "Sting of Queens: Part Two" May 8, 2017 1.1/5 5.68[34] N/A N/A

Season 2 (2017)[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
Total
(18–49)
1 "Civil Ceremony" September 25, 2017 2.3/8 10.26[35] TBD TBD
2 "Business Unusual" October 2, 2017 1.3/5 6.65[36] TBD TBD
3 "Kevin Goes Nuts" October 9, 2017 1.2/4 6.01[37] TBD TBD
4 "Plus One is the Loneliest Number" October 16, 2017 1.1/4 5.96[38] TBD TBD
5 "Grief Thief" October 23, 2017 1.2/4 6.11[39] TBD TBD
6 "The Owl" October 30, 2017 1.2/5 6.35[40] TBD TBD
7 "The Kevin Crown Affair" November 6, 2017 1.2/5 6.31[41] TBD TBD
8 "Slip 'n' Fall" November 13, 2017 1.3/5 6.15[42] TBD TBD
9 "Cooking Up a Storm" November 20, 2017 1.2/5 6.09[43] TBD TBD
10 "Kevin Moves Metal" November 27, 2017 TBD TBD TBD TBD
11 "Trainer Wreck" December 11, 2017 TBD TBD TBD TBD

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Donna's death has still yet to be explained to the audience. Multiple earlier season two episodes state its been a year, but in "Cooking Up a Storm", it was stated that Wendy has been chasing after Kevin for ten months, although her actual cause of death also has yet to be revealed, many conversations suggest it was sudden.

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