Kevin James dropped by CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones on Thursday to discuss his new show, “Kevin Can Wait,” which debuts Monday, Sept. 19, on CBS. James plays Kevin Gable, a recently retired police officer in Massapequa, New York, who lives with his wife and three kids.
“It’s a little bit of a shock, but he comes home and finds out that things weren’t running the way he thought it was necessarily,” James explained. “It’s about getting to know your family again. When you work hard and you’re out all day – I grew up with a lot of these retired cops who retired in their early-mid 40s. They’re home now. They’re home with their families and they got all their buddies that they hang out (with). It’s kind of like (they’re) kids again.”
James, 51, has starred in numerous movies, including “Hitch” and “Grown Ups.” He also played Doug Heffernan on “The King of Queens,” which aired from 1998 to 2007.
“I also do stand-up now,” James said. “What I love about TV is it’s kind of like a bridge between standup and movies. You have that live audience, which I miss so much, and it’s awesome to get to feed off of that. But when you’re doing a movie, I love to do them, but sometimes it can take up to two years before the thing comes out. I just like that immediate feedback. That’s really important to me. It kind of energizes me.”
James, a New York native, is also a big sports fan. Mets and Jets, to be exact.
The Jets, who play the Bills in Buffalo on Thursday night, lost their season-opener to the Bengals, 23-22. Matt Forte rushed for 96 yards and had five catches for 59 yards, but it wasn’t enough. A.J. Green went off for 12 catches for 180 yards and a touchdown, and Mike Nugent drilled a 47-yarder in the final minute to give Cincy the win.
“That first game, to me, is a trendsetter,” James said. “It’s tough. It’s a hard one to swallow, especially that one. Some guys had great games. Forte, I love that. They look great in areas. That was a heartbreaker. But you’re used to it. As a New York fan, you’re really calloused. The Mets (did) the same thing. They’re not where they were. They were in first place last year and they looked great. I don’t know if I have that feeling with them this year. I don’t know. But I’m always open to it. There’s always that excitement in New York where something can happen and something can pop. That’s what I’m kind of praying for now. But you get used to the misery. The Jets, it’s a little different. The first time they won the Super Bowl, I was in diapers, and I’m hoping that doesn’t happen again.”