‘Kevin Can Wait’ Showrunner Bruce Helford Exits Series Midway Through Season 1

Rob Long steps in to lead Kevin James CBS series

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“Kevin Can Wait” showrunner Bruce Helford has left the series after just seven episodes have aired, TheWrap has confirmed.

Helford is a multi-cam veteran, having created the series “The Drew Carey Show,” “Norm,” “Wanda at Large,” and “George Lopez.” Rob Long will take over on the Kevin James-led CBS sitcom, which recently received a full-season order at the network. Long is best know for his work on “Cheers.”

The series opened well in the ratings when it premiered on Sept. 19, drawing 11.1 million viewers and a 2.6 rating. Those numbers have declined sharply over the past six weeks, with Oct. 31 episode garnering just 6.4 million viewers and a 1.3 rating.

The show stars James as a police officer who retires after 20 years on the force and looks forward to spending more time with his wife and kids, only to find that the retired life is not as easy as he thought.

The series also stars Erinn Hayes, Taylor Spreitler, Mary-Charles Jones, James Digiacomo, Ryan Cartwright, Leonard Earl Howze, Lenny Venito and Gary Valentine.

James landed a series production commitment for the show in October. He serves as a writer and executive producer the series in addition to starring. Tony Sheehan and Rock Reuben also writes and executive produces, while James’ producing partner Jeff Sussman also executive produces. Andy Fickman is also an executive producer. CBS Television Studios in association with Sony Pictures Television produce.

Deadline first reported this news