10:09am PT by Kate Stanhope
Kevin James Returning to CBS With Family Comedy
Kevin James is coming back to CBS.
The network has given a 13-episode series production commitment to a new family comedy starring, written and exec produced by the King of Queens alum, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The untitled multicam project stars James as a newly retired police officer looking forward to spending more quality time with his wife and three kids only to figure out he faces more challenges at home than he ever did on the streets.
Bruce Helford (The Drew Carey Show) and Rock Reuben (The King of Queens) are also on board as writers and executive producers. Jeff Sussman (The King of Queens) will also serve as an exec producer. CBS Television Studios will produce the series with Sony Pictures Television, where James inked a two-year deal in April. He also has a first-look deal with Columbia Pictures.
Sony produced James' last TV series, The King of Queens, which ran on CBS for nine seasons and continues to air in syndication.
"We’re beyond thrilled to be back in business with Kevin James!" said CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller in a statement. "He’s an incredibly talented star on every screen and every stage, who appeals to a broad audience. We can’t wait to start working with Kevin and the amazing comedy talents of Bruce Helford and Rock Reuben on this exciting new project."
The commitment is for the 2016-17 season. While it's not an official series order, the 13-episode production commitment makes it highly likely it will be picked up to series.
Since King of Queens went off the air in 2007, James has largely turned his attention to film projects such as Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Zookeeper. His other credits include Grown Ups, Hitch and, most recently, Pixels.
He is repped by WME, Jeff Sussman Management and Schreck Rose.