Somebody out there is still watching Kevin Can Wait and Kevin James is still explaining what the heck happened to the wife. When the show ended its first season, it was announced that Kevin’s TV wife Donna (played by Erinn Hayes) was gonna meet her maker. When the show came back last month for season two, Donna was already sleeping with the fishes and Kevin had a new leading lady played by his former sitcom wife of 10 years, Leah Remini. Now, it SEEMS like Leah was simply a much bigger draw for audiences than Erinn was, so they did what they had to do to clear the way for her return. But according to the New York Daily News, Kevin (real Kevin, not fake Kevin) says that’s not the case.
According to Kevin (wait, now I’m confused, that sounds like the name of yet another Kevin James sitcom) they killed Donna “to give life to new storylines”. That’s a big “sure, Jan” if I’ve ever heard one.
“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. Now, I have to deal with my daughter in a different way, and she’s gonna go to college, or one’s getting married, or the holidays. And it deals with things in a different, weightier way.”
This excuse smells extra funky considering the fact that Kevin says they probably won’t address Donna’s death again because “it’s meant to be a lighthearted sitcom”. So you can’t talk about her death because it’s not funny, but you can make a weighty “it’s Christmas but mom is dead” episode? It sounds to me like ya’ll were just being lazy and really just wanted to make King of Queens 2: Long Live The Queen (Leah, duh).
They’ve already got Leah teaming up with Kevin as his business partner and “neither James nor Remini is ruling out eventually exploring a romantic plotline for their characters” so… yeah. We get it. You can stop with the lies, Kevin.
Here’s an idea! They should kill Kevin off next season and bring in Mike Rinder, Leah’s Scientology and the Aftermath partner, as her new co-star. They’ve got great chemistry too. They can call it Leah Can’t Wait… To Bathe In David Miscavige’s Tears. Now that’s a show I would watch.
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