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CBS Officially Greenlights Kevin James Comedy ‘Kevin Can Wait’

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CBS has given an official series order to Kevin James’ new comedy “Kevin Can Wait.” The previously untitled project from CBS Television Studios and Sony Pictures Television had already received a production commitment for the 2016-17 season from the network.

The multi-camera comedy stars James as a newly retired police officer looking forward to spending carefree, quality time with his wife and three kids, only to discover he faces tougher challenges at home than he ever did on the streets. Erinn Hayes is set to star as James’ character’s wife, with Taylor Spreitler, Mary-Charles Jones, James Digiacomo, Ryan Cartwright, Leonard Earl Howze, Lenny Venito and Gary Valentine rounding out the cast.

Comedy vet Bruce Helford will serve as showrunner and exec producer with Rock Reuben, James, Jeff Sussman and Andy Fickman. The series is being produced through James’ overall deal with Sony Pictures TV.

In a statement last fall when CBS issued its production commitment, CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller said, “We’re beyond thrilled to be back in business with Kevin James! 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 pickup further brings into focus CBS’ programming lineup for the upcoming season. Also on Thursday, CBS canceled drama “CSI: Cyber.” The network renewed freshman comedy “Life in Pieces” on Wednesday.