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Kevin James Returns To CBS With New Family Comedy Series

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Kevin James is heading back to TV and the network that made him a star. CBS has given a 13-episode series order to a multi-camera comedy toplined by The King Of Queens star, which he will co-write with former King Of Queens executive producer and frequent collaborator Rock Reuben as well as sitcom veteran Bruce Helford who will serve as showrunner.

The untitled comedy series, slated for the 2016-17 season, hails from Sony Pictures TV and James’ studio-based Hey Eddie Prods., which has hired Drew Worobow as VP of Television Development. CBS TV Studios will co-produce.

CBS LogoOn the show, James will play a newly retired police officer looking forward to spending more quality time with his wife and three kids… only to discover he faces much tougher challenges at home than he ever did on the streets. James, Reuben and Helford executive produce alongside James’ producing partner Jeff Sussman.

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James got his big break on CBS, first with a recurring role on Everybody Loves Raymond and then with his starring turn on The King Of Queens, which ran from 1998-2007 and paved the way for James’ feature career. The network went aggressively after the new project, with CBS CEO Les Moonves attending the pitch meeting.

“We’re beyond thrilled to be back in business with Kevin James!” said CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller. “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.”

helfordThe project stems from the two-year first look deal James inked in April with King Of Queens producer Sony TV for his Hey Eddie banner which included the development of a sitcom project for him to star in. James got his start as a producer on King Of Queens and formed Hey Eddie Productions at Sony in 2007 with producing partner and manager Jeff Sussman, to whom Worobow will report.

“Kevin is part of our SPT comedy family and we have a rich and successful history together,” said Zack VanAmburg and Jamie Erlicht, presidents of programming and production for Sony PIctures Television.   “We are excited for everyone to see this next evolution of Kevin’s family sitcom life and join his fans in celebrating his return to series television.”

eubenKing Of Queens, which ran on CBS for nine seasons, remains one of SPT’s most lucrative properties with a long afterlife via off-network and international sales.

Helford is one of the most experienced multi-camera comedy showrunners, with a successful track record in starring vehicles, having created/co-created The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez and Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management, all of which went to syndication.

Following his work on The King of Queens, Reuben co-wrote two Kevin James movies, Zookeeper and Here Comes the Boom. He is repped by Verve. James is repped by WME and attorney Schreck Rose Dapello & Adams.

Worobow had previously been an executive at Carousel Productions on the feature side where he helped oversee production for Crazy Stupid Love at Warner Bros, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone at New Line, and four seasons of Inside Comedy at Showtime.

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35 Comments

  1. Bill Blankenshipon Oct 9, 2015 10:04 am

    NO!! he is one of the most consistent creators of crap cinema working today!

    i’m seriously gonna miss that (for as long as this lasts). Here Comes the Boom was one of the most ridiculous pieces of trash i’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing!

    • Anonymouson Oct 10, 2015 12:42 pm

      Totally disagree! Here Comes The Boom was such a fun family film; my entire family loved it. It wasn’t meant to be a “Shawshank Redemption”…just an enjoyable, well-written movie that families could enjoy together!

      • Bill blankenshipon Oct 11, 2015 4:43 pm

        oh my god! well-written?? so hilarious. that movie was a complete disaster and the script was the worst part!

        it had scenes that seemingly cut off in the middle and then scenes that seem to go one an extra couple minutes for absolutely no reason! they had subplots that were brought up to either never be mentioned again or to be magically resolved at the end like they cut all the scenes in between! i would swear a 4th grader wrote and edited this movie. but we know who wrote it, James and the guy who did Rock of Ages. lol.

        i watch this movie all the time because i find this movie hilariously awful and i think the dialogue and plot are the best (read: worst) parts! Pixels had better writing.

        • Anonymouson Oct 11, 2015 9:18 pm

          You watch it “all the time”, yet you hate it? Can’t be too awful if you sit through it repeatedly…just sayin’. Again, I don’t think anyone set out for it to be an Oscar contender. Some films are meant for simple family fun, which this film definitely is…for mine and so many other families. It’s nice to be able to watch a movie with our entire family of five and not have to worry about it being inappropriate for our young ones, yet still engaging for our teenager. It’s not easy to find movies that entertain such a wide age span. Here Comes The Boom was a very welcome surprise for our family! We also love Rock Reuben’s work on King of Queens; hilarious and witty!

          • Bill blankenshipon Oct 12, 2015 7:20 pm

            “Can’t be too awful if you sit through it repeatedly…just sayin’”

            yes. yes it can. i love REALLY terrible films (and tv, CSI Cyber is a gem!) and as such i have seen this, AVP, Ghost Rider, Jupiter Ascending and whatever that hugh jackman rockem sockem rocky ripoff was called on opening night and many times after.

            i would think that was PAINFULLY obvious by everything i’ve said so far…just sayin

  2. Chief O'Haraon Oct 9, 2015 10:19 am

    Yay. Another TV show about a New York cop and New Yorkers. It’s so original.

  3. Linda Thompsonon Oct 9, 2015 10:22 am

    Can I get an AMEN!?!? Some good news for a change ! Kevin and Rock together again … only GOOD can come out of this collaboration!

    • Anonymouson Oct 12, 2015 10:02 am

      All they need is Leah Rinana back to costar

  4. Intheknowon Oct 9, 2015 10:31 am

    Maybe TV will revive his career, b/c doing feature may not be his bag baby…Calling it right now, this guy will move agencies in the next 6-12 months.

  5. Banjo Boy from Deliveranceon Oct 9, 2015 11:02 am

    “only to discover he faces much tougher challenges at home than he ever did on the streets”

    Now that is Comedy with a capital C!

    Why didn’t anyone think of this before?

    It’s Hilarious with a capital H!

  6. jonon Oct 9, 2015 11:06 am

    Cool. But please don’t put his character in an untucked plaid shirt or cargo shorts.

  7. Ernieon Oct 9, 2015 11:19 am

    I don’t get this guy’s appeal. He’s a one trick pony “it’s funny cus he’s fat”

    • taffyhuntington@aol.comon Oct 9, 2015 11:35 am

      He’s the male Melissa McCarthy.

  8. taffyhuntington@aol.comon Oct 9, 2015 11:35 am

    I really don’t know why sitcom producers insist on having a main character who’s a genius at their job but is somehow completely clueless off the clock.

    I like Kevin James but so much of what made King of Queens so successful was the chemistry he had with Leah Remini and Jerry Stiller.

    • Anonymouson Oct 9, 2015 9:48 pm

      That would be so cool if Leah was the wife.

  9. Jerryon Oct 9, 2015 12:03 pm

    Rock is a world class hack, enjoy the comedy from the mid 1990’s…

    • Daveon Oct 10, 2015 1:47 pm

      Do you feel good about yourself posting a comment like that? Because to the rest of us it comes off reaaaaaaaaallllly sour grapey.

  10. scout124on Oct 9, 2015 1:00 pm

    Blart.

    *drops mic*

  11. cadavraon Oct 9, 2015 1:37 pm

    Great news! Because watching a fat guy bump into things and fall down never gets old.

  12. Caryleeon Oct 9, 2015 2:28 pm

    Please make sure he wears long pants. His wife should be Leah Remini
    He has ignored her being in his movies
    If he is afraid people will link him up with her, that will never stop. Thsts a good thing.
    It will be s hit with her on and any if his old pals frim the show. great chemitry.
    Think about it!

    • Anonymouson Oct 9, 2015 6:40 pm

      Yes! Leah & James had great chemistry! Bring her back!

      • amc73on Oct 10, 2015 11:32 am

        He’s great at playing a fat inept schlob. She’s great at playing a somewhat generally more resourceful class A Bi#@h. Their chemistry was indeed great. I second this idea.

  13. Texon Oct 9, 2015 4:21 pm

    What happened to that ridiculous 10/90 comedy idea for FX?

  14. Peggy Lane ORourkeon Oct 9, 2015 6:18 pm

    When do we start ?

  15. Williamon Oct 9, 2015 11:57 pm

    WHAT!?! No Paul Blart 3?

  16. LMS ROCKS!on Oct 10, 2015 2:14 am

    OMG! YAY! I hope he gets to have kids on the show. I would love to see his KING OF QUEEN’S character trying to raise three boys, ages 6, 10, and 14. Basically, it would be the anti-LAST MAN STANDING.

  17. Robrobon Oct 10, 2015 12:47 pm

    So happy to learn of this news! Glad to see Rock Reuben getting some well-deserved credit. Many of my favorite King of Queens episodes were written by him (plus, Here Comes the Boom). Kudos!!!

  18. Anonymouson Oct 10, 2015 6:09 pm

    Cannot wait for this show! Rock Reuben and Kevin James make a fantastic team!

  19. Coryon Oct 11, 2015 12:53 pm

    How does this guy keep getting work?! King of Queens was good, but everything he’s done since then has been unfunny garbage.

  20. Robrobon Oct 11, 2015 9:20 pm

    Will Nicole Sullivan (the “dog walker” on King of Queens) be part of this new show? Love her!

  21. Julie Magnell Everetton Oct 12, 2015 6:29 am

    Let’s hope Gary Valentine makes an appearance!

  22. Anonymouson Oct 12, 2015 10:01 am

    Would love to see Leah Remini play his wife!!

  23. Anonymouson Oct 15, 2015 7:30 pm

    I never knew he had any comedy show on CBS. :)

  24. Anonymouson Oct 18, 2015 12:00 am

    Leah Remini as his wife on the new show? That would be a gigantic mistake! Aren’t these supposed to be new characters? If Leah is the wife, we will never buy it (the new show and characters), because we will just keep thinking of them as Doug and Keri. Remember when they did that with Phylicia Rashad and Bill Cosby with that second show years after the Cosby Show? Nobody bought it, because every time we saw them together on the new show we could only think of them as “The Huxtables.” And that second “Huxtable” show didn’t last long. Time to start fresh! We want to believe these are new characters!