Following a deal for Sony Pictures Television’s Timeless yesterday, its hot new sitcom Kevin Can Wait has also been picked up by the UK’s Channel 4. The Kevin James-starring comedy debuted on CBS last month with over 13.2M viewers and continues to be the No. 1 new comedy on Total TV and the No. 2 comedy with adults 25-54. The series is also headed to China’s iQiy and India via Viacom 18’s Comedy Central; New Zealand’s TVNZ has also acquired while Turner has taken it for 20 Latin American countries and OSN will broadcast in the Middle East.
Source and more: Deadline
Updated with Channel 4 press release:
Channel 4 has acquired brand new drama Timeless and sitcom Kevin Can Wait from Sony Television Pictures. Both series will air on E4.
Timeless, created by Eric Kripke (Revolution, Supernatural), Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and the producers of The Blacklist, follows a group of unlikely heroes thrust into the adventure of their lives. Chasing a mysterious group of criminals through time and encountering some of the most seminal moments in history, the group attempts to thwart a dark conspiracy that is a threat to all of humanity. The drama stars Abigail Spencer (Rectify), Matt Lanter (90210), Malcolm Barrett (Hurt Locker), Goran Visnjic (ER), Sakina Jaffrey (The Mindy Project), Paterson Joseph (The Leftovers), Susanna Thompson (Arrow) and Claudia Doumit (Scandal). The series debuted very strongly on NBC earlier this month has been acquired by over 80 countries worldwide.
Starring Kevin James (The King of Queens), Kevin Can Wait charts the ups and downs of newly-retired police officer Kevin, who is looking forward to spending more quality time with his family. But he quickly discovers he faces tougher challenges at home than he ever did on the streets. The series had a very successful launch on CBS earlier this month and is one of the most popular comedies on the network.
The international deals serve as further boosts to Kevin Can Wait‘s Season 2 chances, which has already been picked up for a full season by CBS.
Stay tuned as we continue to monitor the cancel/renew status of Kevin Can Wait Season 2…