How ‘Kevin Can F**k Himself’ Crammed a Multi-Cam Sitcom Inside a Drama

Switching back and forth between the two formats every few days meant ”everybody had to do their job perfectly,“ creator Valerie Armstrong tells TheWrap

AMC describes its new series “Kevin Can F**k Himself,” led by “Schitt’s Creek” alum Annie Murphy, as a dark comedy. That label is fair — but a more accurate description would be an hour-long drama with a multi-camera sitcom, complete with laugh track, shoved in between its dimly lit, single-cam scenes.

While that hybrid might sound jarring, the “Kevin” team made it look natural and seamless when telling the story of Worcester, Massachusetts, resident Allison McRoberts (Murphy), the prototypical “sitcom wife,” who enters a comedy whenever her protagonist husband Kevin (Eric Petersen) is in the room and snaps back into her depressing reality when he exits. But it took a lot of work, and a lot of time, to pull that transition off. After all, they were basically filming two different shows at the same time.

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Jennifer Maas

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