“Kevin Can Wait” Set Visit
Comedian and actor, Kevin James is starring in his very own sitcom, Kevin Can Wait, a half hour television series about a newly retired police officer living in Massapequa, NY on Long Island. We had the pleasure of sitting down with Kevin and his co-star/wife on the show, Erinn Hayes, where we discussed kids, parenting, Long Island and much more!
Interviewing James and Hayes was like sitting down for a cup of coffee with a couple of old friends – a lot of jokes and laughing. With four children of his own, James can easily relate to his character, Kevin Gable on Kevin Can Wait. When asked where he gets his inspiration for working with teenagers, Kevin revealed since his children are not teens yet, he gets his inspiration from his friends, who have teenage kids.
Kevin is a huge sports fan and the show has taken his love of his favorite football team, the Jets and his love of the Mets and incorporated it into the scenery.
The backyard on set has actual seats from the old Met’s Stadium in New York.
The set is as real as can be with photos of the “family” throughout the house, in addition to the pizza parlor, Enzo’s set up like your typical Italian restaurant.
Since the show takes place in Massapequa, Long Island, notice the Islander Jersey (and of course the Met’s memorabilia)
As a lifelong Long Islander, having Kevin James’ series filmed in my very own backyard, at Gold Coast Studios in Bethpage, New York is beyond exciting for both viewers and Kevin. Kevin has moved his family from Los Angeles to Long Island. While it has been a bit of an adjustment, the family loves New York. When asked about what it meant to him to film on Long Island, Kevin said it was, “Authenticity.” His last sitcom, “King of Queens,” filmed in Los Angeles, where they were among a number of television shows. “To be here with the people I grew up with and I know the difference between the deli’s and the pizzerias and the egg sandwiches. To have it be on Long Island means a lot.”
Currently, “Kevin Can Wait,” is the only sitcom being filmed on Long Island. As a fellow Long Islander, I can attest to the fact that we are beyond excited. Massapequa is the next town over, All American is a famous burger place in Massapequa and Enzo’s is a typical bar/restaurant. The show is an example of a “typical” family, making it relatable and Kevin James and Erinn Hayes comedic talents make it easy to sit down and have a laugh.
The show has moved to 8pm on Monday nights. The Halloween episode, Hallow-We-Ain’t-Home airs Halloween night, October 31st. Synopsis: On Halloween, Kevin and Donna’s neighbors “trick” them in holiday style when they pretend not to be home to avoid giving out candy. Also, Chale has an altercation with a man dressed as a Viking (Met’s pitcher Noah Syndergaard).