AMC is hoping to “break television convention” by taking the familiar sitcom set-up of a “caveman-like husband who gets to be a jerk because [his wife’s] a nag and he’s ‘funny’” and looking at it from the wife’s perspective.
The working title, Kevin Can F*ck Himself, is presumably a reference to CBS sitcom Kevin Can Wait, which starred Kevin James, killed off the wife character after one season and was cancelled after two.
The official description from AMC (via EW) is as follows:
“Kevin Can F*** Himself, (working title) from creator Valerie Armstrong (SEAL Team) and executive producers Rashida Jones and Will McCormack through Le Train Train (Claws) 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?”
With this show and another new commission, AMC is experimenting with writers’ rooms as a developmental technique.
“These are two genuinely inventive pieces of material from terrific creative teams whom we’ve had great experiences with,” said David Madden, AMC’s president of programming.
“We like writers’ rooms. We like the opportunity to write multiple scripts, to explore the dynamics of how a season will work, to really figure out who the characters are and how their behavior guides story. We’re very much looking forward to opening these rooms and seeing what these talented creators produce.”
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