Was the CBS sitcom ‘The King Of Queens’ cancelled after the producers were unable to dispute an argument with Kevin James?
‘The King of Queens’ dominated the sitcom world between 1998 and 2007, with 9 seasons offering viewers a refreshing escape. Kevin James and Leah Remini played Doug and Carrie Heffernan, a couple living in Queens, New York, and had plenty of adventures together.
- What is the show about?
- Is ‘The King of Queens’ coming back?
- Was ‘The Kings of Queens’ cancelled because of Kevin James?
In 2007, the show was unexpectedly cancelled, and while television enthusiasts presume it was the declining viewership, there was another reason. Online sources report that a salary dispute between the producers and Kevin James is why ‘The King of Queens’ was cancelled.
Keep reading to learn about the details, and discover if the show is coming back.
What is the show about?
‘The King of Queens’ chronicles the adventures of Doug Heffernan who has a good life with his wife Carrie. He has a television set and friends to watch it with, but that’s until Arthur, Carrie’s goofy father, moves in. The arrival of his demanding father-in-law brings complications to his simple life as a delivery driver.
Viewers see the couple navigate through day-to-day life, Doug and Arthur’s hilarious clashes, and Doug and Carrie’s relationship with their friends. Arthur literally wreaks havoc on their lives and yet somehow manages to make the show incredibly refreshing.
The sitcom series is still regarded for its realistic portrayal of married life. It features undertones of the original production from the ‘50s, ‘The Honeymooners’ starring Jackie Gleason and Audrey Meadows. Doug represents the “everyman”, with his love of sports, television, and his wife Carrie. He’s often misunderstood after his scheming through certain situations backfire, forcing him to explain himself constantly. The 2000s could never be the same without this sitcom!
Is ‘The King of Queens’ coming back?
‘The King of Queens’ focused on life’s everyday events, as experienced by working-class couples. The sitcom got a reboot in 2016, when ‘Kevin Can Wait’, featuring Kevin James in the lead, premiered.
Strangely, the series didn’t cast Leah Remini in the lead and the replacement wasn’t something fans happily accepted. After 9 seasons together, Kevin James and Leah Remini were one of television’s favourite on-screen couples! The sitcom’s decision to replace the lead actor caused a lot of controversies and ultimately led to its cancellation.
It was an exciting series before it turned itself into a reboot of the hit ‘90s sitcom. ‘The King of Queens’ had already announced they wouldn’t return for more seasons, but fans were hopeful about ‘Kevin Can Wait’. It was never announced as an official reboot of the show, not even when Leah Remini was brought back for its second season! ‘The King of Queens’ came back in the form of ‘Kevin Can Wait’ but it wasn’t how fans wanted it.
Was ‘The Kings of Queens’ cancelled because of Kevin James?
The sitcom’s declining viewership played a bigger role in ‘The King of Queens’ cancellation, but Kevin James influenced the decision. According to a “Quora” user, Leah Remini made an official statement about the show being cancelled in her 2015 autobiography.
In the book titled “Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology”, Remini revealed the show was cancelled because of Kevin James. The actor’s movie career was about to take off and he wanted to abandon the negative image that came with being involved in a cancelled sitcom. It was for this reason the cast mutually agreed to end the series after its 9th season. While this is a reasonable excuse for the series to end, an apparent dispute involving Kevin James influenced its cancellation.
Online sources report that Kevin James was also involved in a salary dispute with CBS in 2005. However, the matter was solved with the network agreeing to pay him an estimated $500,000 per episode for the season in 2005-2006. The network agreed to film a ninth season but with 13 episodes, which would have been picked up fully if viewership increased. Obviously, that didn’t happen, and ‘The King of Queens’ bid their final goodbyes in 2007 itself.
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