Well, the fate of Donna Gable has been reviled.
On Tuesday, CBS answered the question about how Kevin Can Wait's Erin Hayes' absence will be addressed after she was dismissed and replaced with Kevin James' former TV co-star Leah Remini.
"The character will have passed away," said Senior Exec. TV of Programming Thom Sherman, before adding that Season 2 will begins with a time jump (but not a big one as daughter Kendra is still planning her wedding when the show returns.)
CBS' Entertainment President Kelly Kahl later added that Donna's death "will be addressed tasteful" and "with dignity and respect." He calls Hayes "a terrific actress," but added "when everybody collectively saw how Leah and Kevin worked together in those last couple of episodes (the season finale), there was just an undeniable spark there. Kevin, the studio (Sony) and the network wanted to keep that magic and chemistry going forward."
Even the regards of speculation that the show could turn into The King of Queens, Sherman addressed, "No, I don't think so. I think the show speaks for itself and stands for itself. Obviously, the chemistry (between James and Remini) was amazing in the stunt episodes."
In the two part season one finale, retired cop Kevin returns to the force as part of an ongoing undercover case with former partner Vanessa Cellucci (Remini). After the case was closed, Kevin returned home to learn that Donna had quit her job as a school nurse because she was passed up for a promotion, meaning that both of them were now unemployed.
This idea is still having me scratching my head. I get it that both James and Remini have great chemistry but don't we want the show to be different than King of Queens?
I thought that they were both amazing in the Season 1 finale, I still loved that first scene when they were together at the diner, magic. But I too, loved what Hayes brought to the show. Both James and Hayes had chemistry too. There were episodes that I loved watching them two performed. But I'll give it a shot and see how this will go.
What are your thought about where Season 2 will go?
Kevin Can Wait Season 2 premieres Monday, Sept. 25 at 9/8c on CBS.