CBS reveals why 'Kevin Can Wait' is not coming back for a third season
The Kevin James and Leah Remini starrer had been on for two seasons so far and it seemed like it would go on for at least another season
Along with a host of shows that were canceled this time by CBS, their relatively young 'Kevin Can Wait' also didn't make the cut.
The Kevin James and Leah Remini starrer had been on for two seasons so far and although it seems like a relatively mild surprise in comparison, it did seem like it would go for at least another season.
With this show, the only problem was that it wasn't doing well at all, revealed CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl recently.
She said, "The numbers. It was a strong show for us; it's had a lot of declines this year, it was heading in the wrong direction. 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."
Initially, when it came onto television in 2016, it was received well. It was Kevin James' comeback and fans were excited. But as the series went on, the excitement subsided. A large part of that was perhaps the fact that it wasn't a too strong a script to begin with. Reviews have been from lukewarm to terrible but none of them talk about the show in high regard.
The plot followed Kevin Gable (James) after his retirement from the police force and his days after enjoying it with his other former cop pals.
Then enters the oldest of his three kids (Taylor Spreitler) who wants to help her good for nothing fiance build an app empire. She quits college and Kevin lets the two move into his basement. The jokes are also kinda not funny with this one.
To make things worse, 'Kevin Can Wait' was renewed for a second season in 2017 and to add a little spice to the story, the showrunners decided to eliminate Kevin's wife Donna from the story and add Leah Remini to replace Donna as the central female character.
They failed to grasp that the audience would've wanted him to find love again and hence went with them being just friends.
While the networks clearly must regret it, CBS EVP Thom Sherman only admits that it was a wrong move.
"The show made a choice at the beginning of this year, we agreed to go along with it, and unfortunately the audience did not respond to it."