It looks like Kevin James is returning to television. Deadline TV’s Nellie Andreeva reports that as part of his new deal with Lionsgate, The King of Queens funnyman will star and executive produce a multi-camera sitcom.
We can only hope this development means there won’t be a “Grown-Ups 3.”
The yet-to-be-titled show will operate under the 10/90 model that is currently employed by Anger Management, Are We There Yet?, and other shows. “Lionsgate and Debmar-Mercury sell sitcoms to mostly cable networks with an initial 10-episode straight-to-series order, which, if a ratings target is met, triggers a 90-episode back order that allows the sitcom to quickly amass enough episodes for its launch in broadcast syndication,” Andreeva explains.
Let’s forget about business for a second, and talk about quality. If James is smart he’ll return to what made The King of Queens enjoyable for so many years: a sturdy, talented supporting cast that he can rely upon. That show wouldn’t have lasted without Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller, or Victor Williams pulling their weight.
A lot has happened since the popular sitcom concluded in 2007–”Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” “Zookeeper,” etc.–so we’ll see if James is still willing to share the wealth.