Bruce Helford Out As ‘Kevin Can Wait’ Showrunner

kevin-can-waitThere’s been a major shake-up on Kevin Can Wait.

Veteran comedy producer Bruce Helford, who co-created the CBS comedy series with Kevin James and Rock Reuben, is exiting as showrunner, TVWise has confirmed.

Per Deadline, who first reported the news, his exit comes amidst some substantial creative differences between former Anger Management showrunner Bruce Helford and Kevin James. He is being replaced by former Cheers scribe Rob Long, who has come on-board as the new executive producer and showrunner.

The nature of the “creative differences” are not immediately clear, though its said they had different visions of how the show should play out over its just ordered back nine episodesKevin Can Wait has been a decent ratings performer for CBS and is one of only three series at the network, alongside Bull and MacGyver, to swing full-season pick ups.

Kevin Can Wait follows newly-retired police officer Kevin, who discovers he faces tougher challenges at home than he ever did on the streets. The comedy series is produced by Sony Pictures Television & CBS Television Studios and stars Kevin James, Erinn Hayes, Taylor Spreitler, Ryan Cartwright, Mary-Charles Jones, James DiGiacomo, Leonard Earl Howze, Gary Valentine and Lenny Venito. E4 picked up the UK rights to Kevin Can Wait in a deal with Sony Pictures Television at MIPCOM last month.