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Posted Wednesday 5/16/18 at 12:18PM EDT
CBS admits Kevin Can Wait fans weren't happy with the decision to kill off Erinn Hayes' wife character
“Creatively, the show made a choice at the beginning of last year,” said CBS Entertainment senior executive vice president Thom Sherman. “We agreed to go along with it and unfortunately the audience didn’t respond to it.” CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl cited "the numbers" in deciding to cancel the Kevin James series. “It was a strong show for us, it’s had a lot of decline this year, it was heading in the wrong direction," said Kahl. "The numbers were going down as the year went on and looking forward, it didn’t look like a show that was going to be strong enough to anchor a night for us going forward.”
Posted Sunday 5/13/18 at 2:39PM EDT
Kevin Can Wait co-stars Kevin James and Leah Remini thank fans following cancelation
“I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything in the world… Okay, maybe a season 3. Love to all," James joked on Instagram. James' former co-star Erinn Hayes hasn't formally responded to the news, but she did "like" a tweet about the cancelation.
Posted Saturday 5/12/18 at 7:13PM EDT
CBS cancels Kevin Can Wait after ratings decline following TV wife's death
Canceled after two seasons, Kevin Can Wait "is one of the biggest casualties at CBS this season," says Deadline's Nellie Andreeva, pointing to its "blazing" Season 1 start. Ratings, though, declined over the course of Season 1, prompting Kevin Can Wait to kill off Kevin James' wife character Donna, played by Erinn Hayes. But that controversial decision, which included bringing in James' King of Queens co-star Leah Remini, backfired. "The move had been acknowledged as a mistake," says Andreeva. "Viewers did not take it well, and ratings for Kevin Can Wait posted steep declines in Season 2, sending the series from the top of the heap to the bubble list." Kevin Can Wait also parted ways with co-creator and showrunner Bruce Helford during its first season, and he now is in charge of the hit Roseanne revival. Last week, Verne Gay explained Kevin Can Wait's struggles in the wake of Donna's death: "A weird black hole has existed at the center of Kevin this season because it's finally occurred to fans, viewers, really anyone, that Kevin hasn't a clue what happened to Donna and couldn't care less, either. Successful sitcoms float on a cloud of fake goodwill and bonhomie, even the most seditious of them (Seinfeld). By bumping off Donna, Kevin couldn't even fake that." ALSO: CBS has also canceled Mark Feuerstein's 9JKL.
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 7:23PM EDT
Kevin Can Wait hasn't recovered after the unexplained death of Erinn Hayes' character
Not explaining why Kevin James' TV wife died has hurt the CBS sitcom, which is now on the bubble for next season. "A weird black hole has existed at the center of Kevin this season because it's finally occurred to fans, viewers, really anyone, that Kevin hasn't a clue what happened to Donna and couldn't care less, either," says Verne Gay. "Successful sitcoms float on a cloud of fake goodwill and bonhomie, even the most seditious of them (Seinfeld). By bumping off Donna, Kevin couldn't even fake that." ALSO: Patton Oswalt would reunite with former King of Queens co-star Kevin James on Kevin Can Wait "in a second."
Posted Monday 4/02/18 at 9:00PM EDT
Erinn Hayes is having such a totally different experience on Amazon's The Dangerous Book for Boys
The actress, who was dumped by CBS' Kevin Can Wait last year, says of her new gig: “They’re such different shows. One is a sitcom, it’s three jokes a page… You’re not diving into too much real emotion. And I had a wonderful time on that. And now I’m on this. This show is so true to life, and it’s… cinematic. The jokes can be the jokes and they come when they come, but it’s not like you gotta hit that thing.”
Posted Tuesday 10/24/17 at 1:45PM EDT
Kevin Can Wait’s dead wife is now being mined for laughs
“This week on Kevin Can Wait, the death of Donna took a weird turn,” says Matt Miller. “A really weird turn. Like f*cked up, even." The Kevin James comedy hasn’t explained how Erinn Hayes’ character died, not after five episodes. But last night’s episode did revolve around a Parents Without Spouses support group. “Maybe Donna died of the shame of being associated with a group of unscrupulous a**holes," says Miller. Meanwhile, ex-CBS sitcom star Jon Cryer weighs in: “Kevin Can Wait has managed to turn the perfunctory death of a major character into a comment on the essential meaninglessness of human life,” tweeted the former Two and a Half Men star.
Posted Wednesday 10/18/17 at 7:01PM EDT
Erinn Hayes tweets that she’s “very aware” that Scientology is behind some of the Kevin Can Wait-bashing
The Church of Scientology says, via a spokesperson, that it has not attacked the CBS sitcom, which stars former member Leah Remini. But when a Twitter user tweeted at Hayes that some of the anti-Kevin Can Wait tweets she has been liking may have a Scientology agenda, the actress responded: “Very aware and don’t condone any of the bashing. Watch the show or don’t, but I find the personal attacks very ugly.”
Posted Tuesday 10/17/17 at 11:32PM EDT
Erinn Hayes has been “liking” tweets calling fans to boycott Kevin Can Wait
Hayes has been quiet about getting dropped from the Kevin James comedy, but she’s been speaking out through her Twitter “likes."
Posted Monday 10/16/17 at 3:52PM EDT
Kevin James on killing off his Kevin Can Wait wife: “We were literally running out of ideas”
James tells the NY Daily News that he was originally supposed to play a single dad, and that Erinn Hayes' character was a last-minute addition. "I get that people are like 'Whoa, why would you do this?' But it really felt like a thing like this was needed for this show to drive forward,” he said, adding: “The plot of the show didn't have enough drive," James said. "If we got through a second season, I wouldn't see us getting through a third one. We were literally just running out of ideas." James says he doesn’t see the show revisiting his TV wife’s death.
Posted Tuesday 10/03/17 at 4:56PM EDT
After killing off the wife, Kevin Can Wait seems stuck in “some sort of bizarro primetime sitcom hell loop”
The death of Erinn Hayes’ character seemed even more awkward in the second episode without her, says Matt Miller. He adds: “Now, the show has entered into some sort of bizarro primetime sitcom hell loop trapped in the early 2000s—one that I'm convinced is part of a King of Queens Cinematic Universe.” ALSO: Kevin Can Wait’s ratings tumble 33% post-wife killing.
Posted Tuesday 9/26/17 at 5:44PM EDT
Erinn Hayes spent the last day liking tweets about her Kevin Can Wait character death
While Hayes’ fans were outraged by the acknowledgement of her character's death taking less than 20 seconds, the actress actively “liked” tweets complaining about her absence. CBS had promised that the reveal would “be treated with dignity and respect, and the show will move forward.”
Posted Tuesday 9/26/17 at 2:26AM EDT
Kevin Can Wait fans were ticked off with how the death of Erinn Hayes’ character was handled
As one fan put it on Twitter, “Wow they just kill her (off) like it’s nothing.”
Posted Tuesday 8/22/17 at 9:14PM EDT
Kevin Can Wait killed off its wife character “out of respect” for Erinn Hayes
The goal was to give Kevin’s character a real drive and a real predicament (involving) how a family comes back together (after tragedy),” says executive producer Rob Long. “Also, out of respect for the character of Donna — and certainly the way that Erinn Hayes portrayed her — it seemed like the only right and fair way to treat her character.”