2:00pm PT by Kate Stanhope
Kevin James Family Comedy Picked Up to Series at CBS
Kevin James is officially returning to CBS.
The network has given a series order to a family comedy starring and executive produced by The King of Queens actor, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The formerly untitled project, now called Kevin Can Wait, is a multicamera effort about a newly retired police officer looking forward to spending carefree, quality time with his wife and three kids, only to discover he faces tougher challenges at home than he ever did on the streets.
Erinn Hayes (Childrens Hospital) will play James' wife, with Taylor Spreitler, Mary-Charles Jones, James Digiacomo, Ryan Cartwright, Leonard Earl Howze, Lenny Venito and Gary Valentine also attached to star.
James will exec produce the series with Bruce Helford (Anger Management), Rock Reuben, Jeff Sussman and Andy Fickman. CBS Television Studios will produce in association with Sony Pictures Television, which also produced The King of Queens.
James signed a massive overall deal at Sony last year encompassing both film and TV projects, and development on the starring vehicle began not long after. CBS landed the series with a hefty production commitment in October.
Kevin Can Wait will join several successful multicams at the network, including The Big Bang Theory, 2 Broke Girls and Mom, among others. This season, CBS is saying goodbye to sitcom Mike & Molly. James previously starred on The King of Queens, which ran on the network from 1998-2007. He is one of several former sitcom stars CBS is looking to bring to its airwaves, with Matt LeBlanc also set to star in a high-profile multicam for the network.
This marks the first freshman series pick up for CBS ahead of its upfront presentation on Wednesday.