Kevin James is re-teaming with Andy Fickman, director of his 2015 feature Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. Fickman is set to direct the opening episode of James’ multi-camera comedy series for CBS. Additionally, Ryan Cartwright (Alphas, Bones) has been set as a regular opposite James in the project, from Sony TV and CBS TV Studios. The untitled show centers on newly retired police officer Kevin (James) who looks 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.
Cartwright plays Chale, a dreamer from an upscale family who may be on the verge of creating the next billion-dollar app and carries himself as if it’s already happened. He is very much in love with Kevin’s daughter Kendra (Taylor Spreitler).
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James, Rock Reuben and Bruce Helford, who co-wrote the comedy together, executive produce alongside James’ producing partner Jeff Sussman. Helford is the showrunner.
Cartwright, repped by Paradigm and SC Management, recurred on the CBS comedy Mom and will next be seen in Independence Day: Resurgence.