Q: Why did they kill off Erinn Hayes’ character on “Kevin Can Wait”? I thought she was a great counterpart to Kevin
James. -- Jeri T., via email A: After Leah Remini guest-starred last season, the powers that be must have felt she was the boost the show needed. The first season of “Kevin Can Wait” didn’t really take off in the way “King of Queens” did, so they must be trying to recapture the “magic” of the previous series. After bad ratings and dismal reviews, I guess it was time to shake things up. The producers insist that Erinn’s ouster was “not a reflection” of her performance.
For those of you startled by the abrupt change, you’re not alone. Even Erinn was taken aback by her character being killed off. But she took the news like a pro, proclaiming on Twitter: “True, I’ve been let go from the show. Very sad, I had a great experience season 1. Thank you for all the support from our wonderful fans.”
Not all of the show’s fans are on board with this casting shuffle: Numerous petitions have shown up online, and fans are taking to message boards, Twitter and Facebook to share their confusion and anger. And, of course, there are the trolls who are viciously blaming Leah for the change, but here’s to hoping they grow up and direct their energy toward more important things in life.
Q: I’ve really been enjoying the new season of “Designated Survivor,” but where is Virginia Madsen? I loved her character’s supportive antagonism toward President Kirkman, and feel he really needs her as his foil. -- Brenda F., Mansfield, Ohio
A: Virginia’s character of the former congresswoman Kimble Hookstraten has been written off the show and will not be back for season two, which is a shame because I too enjoyed watching her interactions with Kiefer Sutherland’s president, wondering if she was going to support or undermine him. But I guess as his character becomes stronger in his role of the reluctant president, he has bigger fish to fry.
Like Erinn in the question above, Virginia is taking her leave like the classy lady she is, stating on Twitter: “I won’t be back for Season 2. I guess they had other stories to tell. It’s a big show, so I wish them well. But I would like return to kick some ass. It was a great role. I was loving it.”
Q: I’m so glad that Ryan Eggold is back on “The Blacklist,” but what happened to his spinoff show? -- John G., via Twitter
A: “The Blacklist: Redemption,” which premiered in back February, was canceled in May after one season. This is sad for me because I enjoyed watching Terry O’Quinn playing Ryan’s father. However, we’ll get to see Terry next year on Hulu in the Stephen King-adapted series of “Castle Rock.” I can’t wait for that one!
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