The 2015-2016 TV season has only just begun, but CBS already has locked down one of its biggest comedy stars to come back with a new sitcom in 2016-2017, ordering 13 episodes for production starring Kevin James.
It’s an untitled multi-camera series.
James played a UPS driver for 207 episodes of The King of Queens over nine seasons on CBS from 1998 through 2007. He and his fictional Heffernan family continue to make merry from Rego Park in syndication.
For his new series, James will play a police officer who retires under the proverbial pretense of spending more time with his family, only to realize that his wife and kids are more work than his day job was. James also will write and executive produce on the new show, with Bruce Helford and Rock Reuben. Jeff Sussman, who EP’d King of Queens with Reuben and James, also will do so here.
“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.”
CBS Television Studios will have ownership on the new series and produce with Sony Pictures Television, which has James on a two-year first-look deal for his production outfit, Hey Eddie, and syndicates King of Queens.