Maude’s abortion. All American Girl featuring TV comedy’s first Asian American family. The Office dismantling the fourth wall with its single camera. For decades, sitcoms have been platforms for barrier breaking storytelling.
The start of the 2017-2018 fall season will be no different. Gone are the days of schlubby, male stars casting out of their league actresses as their wives. And here are the days of schlubby, male stars killing off out of their league actresses as their wives to make room for…different, out of their league actresses.
Tonight’s Kevin Can Wait season two premiere takes TV’s recent tendency for nostalgia into uncharted and lazy storytelling waters in order to bring back the safe, comedic pairing of Kevin James and Leah Remini of King of Queens fame. Erin Hayes is no more as James’ wife, as “the character will have passed away and we will be moving forward in time catching up at a later date,” according to CBS programming boss Thom Sherman, giving the TV family “some time to cope with the death of their mother and wife.” And making it easier for James and Remini to move on in to bone-town in time for sweeps, no doubt.
Keep those rich roles for women coming, TV land. Erin Hayes, we hardly knew ya, but we can definitely tell you’re better than this.