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Kevin Can Wait Shocker: Erinn Hayes' Donna Will Be Killed Off - TVLine.com

Kevin Can Wait is sending Donna six feet under. At CBS’ portion of the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour on Tuesday, Thom Sherman, Senior Exec VP of Programming, was asked how the fledgling sitcom will handle the absence of leading lady Erinn Hayes, who over the summer was dismissed and (essentially) replaced with Kevin James’ former TV bride Leah Remini. "The character will have passed away," Sherman revealed, before adding that Season 2 will begin with a time jump (but not too much of a time jump; daughter Kendra is still in the wedding planning stages when show returns.) Read the full article at TVLine.com .

So Then Why Didn’t They Just do a King of Queens Reboot?

So obviously Erinn Hayes was hired to be on Kevin Can Wait because she’s younger than Leah Remini and after giving it one season and the knowledge that viewers just weren’t "buying it," Remini makes an appearance on the show and all of a sudden she’s a regular and Hayes is out. But why didn’t they just reboot King of Queens? Wouldn’t this have been 100 times easier? Did they just want to veer away from the whole middle class thing that made the show so popular? I’m still scratching my head on this one. Roseanne is getting a reboot and I’m willing to bet a million bucks that it winds up shattering the ratings of Kevin Can Wait. Granted I’m not saying that shows shouldn’t end. God knows too many shows last too long. But if you’re bringing back Kevin James to television, there’s no point in doing it in a way that treads on King of Queens territory. Either do something completely different or bring back the original. READ MORE...

King of Queens Reunion Wraps Up In Kevin Can Wait Finale Grade It

Kevin Can Wait closed out Season 1 on Monday with an episode that doubled as a conclusion to the two-part King of Queens reunionbetween Leah Remini and Kevin James. (Looking for a recap of Part 1? Click here.) The episode began with James current and former on-screen wives finally coming face-to-face, with Vanessa askingDonnahow she [] //tvline.com/2017/05/08/king-of-queens-reunion-part-2-recap-leah-remini-kevin-can-wait/

Remembering Leah Reminis TV Roles Prior to King of Queens

Leah Remini is most known for her role as Carrie Heffernan alongside co-star Kevin James in the popular television sitcom King of Queens. Most recently her break from the church of Scientology has also made headlines, but did you know that she actually started her career at the tender age of 13? Her looks have changed as she has matured into the beautiful actress we know today so some may not recognize or remember her from the roles she played in the 80s and 90s. Recently she made a triumphant reunion with Kevin James on his new show Kevin Can ...Read More... //www.tvovermind.com/tv-news/remembering-leah-reminis-tv-roles-prior-king-queens

SideReel Throws a Holiday Party

This December, we’re wishing for peace on Earth (but not necessarily on television). Not to go all Grinch on you, but there can be a lot of letdown around the holidays. It's too cold. It's too warm. There's not enough snow. There's too much damn snow. You got bad presents. You didn't get any presents. Well, whatever, there's at least one place where you won't be disappointed this time of year: television! Was there ever a greater gift to Earth than the concept of the Christmas episode? Sure, world peace would be nice, but until then, let's take what we can get.   Doctor Who  S5E14: A Christmas Carol British shows all seem to have Christmas specials, and given its long history (even if we just count the rebooted series), this entire list could have been filled with Doctor Who episodes. That being said, this 2010 entry co-starring Dumbledore II himself, Michael Gambon, is the most accessible to non-Whovians, as it's based on the structure of the Dickens classic from which it takes its name. It does use one of those ourobouros-like plot devices that writer/producer Steven Moffat so loves, but the episode is so fun and bright, disbelief is easy to suspend.   South Park  S8E14: Woodland Critter Christmas As with any episode of South Park , this holiday-themed profanityfest is not for the easily offended. Between the immaculate conception happening just slightly further down the food chain (namely at the porcupine level), and Kyle expressing a desire to become the Anti-Christ (to make things better for the Jews), one might even consider this an... ANTI-Christmas special (see what I did there?). Also, there's an AIDS joke. Now don't say I didn't warn you.     The Twilight Zone  S3E14: 5 Characters in Search of an Exit I don't know about the rest of you, but Christmas always makes me think of Sartre's existentialist play "No Exit." It's probably because I saw this episode at a tender age. 5 individuals, in various occupation-specific costumes awake to find themselves trapped in a smooth cylinder with... NO EXIT — except the open top, from which comes a horrible ringing sound. I won't spoil the Christmas connection as it would give away the entire twist, but I will say that you can also look at it as a commentary on spending days trapped in a house with family. After all, hell is, as Sartre famously opined, other people.   The O.C.  S1E10: The Best Chrismukkah Ever Big sigh.  OK, I don't know, guys. In this VERY SPECIAL EPISODE, Seth Cohen teaches his pals (and the world!) the true meaning of Chrismukkah — a word invented for the express purpose of stealing Festivus' thunder (I'm just spitballing here; I have no idea what the true motivations were). That's all. But it's important to the millennials (except me) because the characters were all inoffensively attractive and had rich person problems to which we should all aspire. Hey, maybe that is the true meaning of Chrismukkah!   Community  S3E10: Regional Holiday Music Honestly, this is probably the meanest episode Community has ever made — and that's saying something. From its outright hatred of Glee (we find out the Greendale equivalent of the Glee club was murdered) to its skewering of the earnest happiness that comes with most Christmas-themed episodes, we're given a view into the cold, black heart of this cult series. But its original songs (including personal favorite "Baby Boomer Santa," which transcends everything that's come before and mercilessly rains blows on the idea that the Baby Boom generation changed the world) are worthy entries to the Christmas music cannon.   The King of Queens  S5E11: Mentalo Case There are certain wounds that time can't heal. I, for instance, wanted a Nintendo system as a child. My parents refused as it would "rot [my] brain" (though apparently in a way that watching 10 straight hours of television wouldn't). Doug Heffernan, the titular King of the title of the show, affably played by Kevin James, is in much the same boat here. Tasked with finding a copy of a lost childhood toy, Carrie (Leah Remini) buys a knockoff, shattering Doug's dreams all over again. Rosebud ....   Creature Comforts  S1E13: Merry Christmas This Christmas special from cult British animation studio Aardman Animations is practically the definition of exuberant. Concept: Interview the British public about their feelings on the season and then show them coming out of the mouths of adorable, stop-motion animals. Guaranteed to put a smile on the face of even the most curmudgeonly of critics (e.g. me), Creature Comforts exemplifies the very best qualities of the Christmas spirit.     Seinfeld  S9E10: The Strike A Festivus for the rest of us! And with that sentence, a new holiday truly was born. What was once just another brick in the Jenga stack that was George Costanza's traumatic life is now a full-fledged cultural phenomenon, to the point that the Google query "buy festivus pole" returns more than 66k results. It's a Festivus miracle!     Leah E. Friedman  is the editor of SideReel.com. She has made a donation in your name to The Human Fund.  You can follow her musings on  Twitter .

Leah Remini Heads to ABC's Village

Former King of Queens star Leah Remini has nabbed the lead in ABC's comedy pilot, It Takes a Village, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Remini will play Karen, a woman who raises her 15-year-old son with her ex-husband and both of their significant others. The 39-year-old actress most recently appeared on the web series In the Motherhood alongside Jenny McCarthy and Chelsea Handler. Source Here

Fischer gets Help

Jenna Fischer will star in the indie dramedy A LITTLE HELP for director Michael J. Weithorn ( The King of Queens ). In the movie Fischer will play a recently widowed single mom who reconnects with an old flame that just so happens to be her sister's husband. read more