We didn’t need any more proof that Hollywood has a thing for Long Island, but we’re happy to keep feeling the love. When Kevin Can Wait, a multi-camera sitcom produced at Gold Coast Studios in Bethpage, makes its debut on CBS this fall, it will be the first network comedy to be shot entirely on Long Island to air in prime time.
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It’s a homecoming of many sorts for producer and star Kevin James. The show marks his return to CBS, where he rose to fame in King of Queens, and Gold Coast Studios is a mere 20-minute drive from his birthplace of Mineola. He later moved to Stony Brook and graduated from Ward Melville High School in 1983.
James will play a newly retired police officer excited to spend some carefree, quality time with his family, only to discover family life can be more challenging than fighting crime. Erinn Hayes, Taylor Spreitler, Mary-Charles Jones, James Digiacomo, Ryan Cartwright, Leonard Earl Howze, Lenny Venito and Gary Valentine will co-star.
Kevin Can Wait will air on Mondays at 8:30pm after CBS’ flagship sitcom The Big Bang Theory until the network’s Thursday Night NFL package wraps up later in the fall. The show will then move to 8pm and The Big Bang Theory will reclaim its usual Thursday slot.