On Friday, news emerged that AMC was developing a new series spoofing that tried-and-true sitcom trope of the shlubby husband married to an inexplicably hot wife, a premise that dates back to the early days of television (“The Honeymooners”) to the present day, evident in series ranging from “King of Queens” to “Family Guy”.
A new series in development (created by Valerie Armstrong and exec produced by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack) promises to turn that particular trope on its head, boasting a title mocking a recent member of that particular sitcom club: “Kevin Can F*** Himself”.
According to AMC’s official description, the show “explores the secret life of a woman we all grew up watching: the sitcom wife. A beauty paired with a less attractive, dismissive, caveman-like husband who gets to be a jerk because she’s a nag and he’s ‘funny.’ Our series looks to break television convention and ask what does the world look like through her eyes? Alternating between single-camera realism and multi-camera zaniness, the formats will be constantly informing one another as we ask what happens when this supporting character is presented as a real person? And what if that person is pissed?”
Someone who can definitely relate to “Kevin Can F*** Himself” is actress Erinn Hayes, who portrayed the wife of Kevin James’ character in “Kevin Can Wait” — for one season, at least, only to be fired in the second, her character killed off in order to bring in the comedian’s former co-star Leah Remini in hopes of boosting the show’s sagging ratings by attempting to recapture their “King of Queens” glory.
Hayes caught wind of the news, and offered the perfect response: