After years of success on the big screen, Kevin James is heading back to CBS where his hit sitcom The King of Queens made him a star. The actor/filmmaker is developing a brand new family comedy series at the network. James will play the lead in the project, which revolves around a newly retired police officer who's excited to spend more quality time with his wife and three kids, only to learn there are more challenges at home than he ever faced on the streets.
James will write the series with frequent collaborator Rock Reuben (The King of Queens; Here Comes the Boom) and Bruce Helford, best known for writing and producing The Drew Carey Show. The trio will also executive produce, alongside Jeff Sussman, who has worked with James on many big and small screen projects over the years.
The network obviously has faith in this still-untitled, multi-camera show. They have committed to 13 episodes, and according to insiders, it is very likely the sitcom will be picked up.
"We're beyond thrilled to be back in business with Kevin James!" said CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller in a statement. "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."
James made his mark in feature film with a memorable role in the 2005 Will Smith romantic comedy Hitch, followed by a number of other popular movies, including Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Zookeeper and Grown Ups. Although many actors return to television when their big screen success fizzles out, this doesn't seem to be the case with James, who just scored another big hit with the sequel to Paul Blart: Mall Cop and has another feature, The True Memoirs of an International Assassin, in the works.
Expect this new comedy to hit the air waves during the 2016-17 season.
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