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Kevin James Comedy In the Works at CBS

Nearly 10 years after “The King of Queens” bowed out, Kevin James has set up a new domestic comedy project with CBS Television Studios and Sony Pictures TV. The project has a 13-episode series production commitment for the 2016-17 season at CBS.

James is co-writing the script with Rock Reuben, a “King of Queens” alum, and comedy vet Bruce Helford. Helford is on board to serve as showrunner and exec producer with Reuben, James and Jeff Sussman.

The untitled project features James as a retired cop who looks forward to spending more time with his wife and three kids, only to find himself in more trouble than he faced on the streets.

“We’re beyond thrilled to be back in business with Kevin James!” said Glenn Geller, President, CBS Entertainment. “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.”

The project is being produced through James’ overall deal with Sony Pictures TV. James’ Hey Eddie Productions, run with his producing partner Sussman, has expanded its ranks with the appointment of Drew Worobow as VP of TV development.

Worobow comes to Hey Eddie from Steve Carell’s Carousel Productions, where he worked on such features as “Crazy Stupid Love” and “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.” He began his career in the talent department of Endeavor.

“Kevin is part of our SPT comedy family and we have a rich and successful history together,” said Zack VanAmburg and Jamie Erlicht, presidents of programming and production for Sony Pictures Television. “We are excited for everyone to see this next evolution of Kevin’s family sitcom life and join his fans in celebrating his return to series television.”

James’ CBS/Sony TV comedy “King of Queens” ran nine seasons from 1998-2007 and was a workhorse for CBS. James has concentrated on movies in the past few years including Sony’s “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” franchise.

Helford is coming off a whirlwind 100-episode production of FX’s “Anger Management” with Charlie Sheen.

James is repped by WME. Reuben is with Verve and Helford is with UTA.

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