'Kevin Can Wait': Why CBS Is Killing Off Erinn Hayes' Character

Emilio Banks
August 3, 2017

Earlier this year, CBS confirmed that Leah Remini was joining the Kevin James sitcom "Kevin Can Wait" as a main character in the show's sophomore season. Asked specifically how Kevin Can Wait planned to make the death of a wife and mother amusing, Kahl said he wasn't sure that was possible. Known for clashing with the show's producers, Remini was sacked from the show after one season. Kelly Kahl, the network's president of entertainment, revealed during the Television Critics Association panel Tuesday that the character will be killed off.

It's no surprise that some Kevin Can Wait fans were up in arms about the news that Donna Gable will be killed off.

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"[T] he character will have passed away, and we will be moving forward in time catching up at a later date."
"Genuine, I've been given up from the show", she composed on Twitter at the time. They are banking on the team-up's familiarity as Remini and Kevin James used to lead another CBS comedy, "King of Queens".

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"Kevin Can Wait" - the LI-filmed sitcom starring Kevin James as a retired Nassau County cop and devoted family man - will return to the CBS schedule for its second season in September, but as what? Kahl promised that Donna Gable's death will be addressed "tastefully" and that it would help to move the series forward, but he admitted that the death of a wife and mother is not a amusing storyline.

"When everybody collectively saw how Leah and Kevin were together in those last couple episodes, there was an undeniable spark there", Kahl said.

Meanwhile, Sherman assured the writers that the series will not "morph into 'The King of Queens'".

The two-part season finale featured a reunion between James and Remini, who guest-starred as James' former partner and rival on the police force. All that is known now is what was revealed at the end of Season 1.

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