A new sitcom, tentatively titled Kevin Can F--- Himself, is currently being developed for AMC. The series comes from executive producers Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, who were, at one point, slated to co-write the forthcoming Pixar sequel Toy Story 4. They dropped out in November 2017, citing "creative and philosophical differences" as well as "a culture where women and people of color do not have an equal creative voice." This came in the wake of the sexual misconduct allegations against former chief creative officer John Lasseter, who has announced he will be leaving Disney/Pixar officially at the end of this year.
Jones and McCormack, who both began their careers as actors, have since branched out to behind-the-camera work. Jones, best known for her starring role on beloved NBC comedy Parks and Recreation, released her directorial debut Celeste and Jesse Forever in 2012. She also produced the Netflix documentary series Hot Girls Wanted. The pair teamed up to executive produce the short-lived NBC comedy A to Z, and, through their Le Train Train production company, are also behind the TNT drama Claws.
Now, they're taking on a very different project. As reported by EW, Kevin Can F--- Himself will show family life from the perspective of the wife. Created by Valerie Armstrong, a staff writer during the second season of the David Boreanaz war drama SEAL Team, the series aims to tackle the trope of the beautiful, nagging wife who is married to a "caveman-like" jerk of a husband by giving the audience her perspective. From the logline:
"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?"
AMC is flipping the script with the new comedy. The title is an obvious play on the now-canceled Kevin James sitcom Kevin Can Wait, which aired on ABC for two seasons. The series came under fire when the actor's on-screen wife, played by Erinn Hayes, was unceremoniously killed off between the first and second season, and replaced by Leah Remini, who James starred with on The King of Queens a decade prior. The idea that any attractive woman can be substituted for another appears to be exactly in line with what this new series is aiming to address.
In addition to Kevin Can F--- Himself, another series is in development from Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers, the creators of AMC's four-season period drama Halt and Catch Fire, which ended its run last year. David Madden, the network's president of programming, spoke about the unique process in which the shows are being developed: Writers' rooms are put together in order to create multiple scripts and determine how things will play out, prior to being ordered to series.