For a show that follows the multi-layered life of a sitcom wife from a poorly wrought and executed multi cam sitcom, series creator Valerie Armstrong and EPs Rashida Jones and Will McCormack might have just perfectly cast their star for Kevin Can F*** Himself.
We were already excited for an AMC series to satirically examine the three-dimensional life of what has historically been an unrealistic one-dimensional character archetype, the sitcom wife. Annie Murphy already stole hearts with Alexis Rose on Schitt’s Creek and, we think, she might have another landmark role here.
Even when hearing rumblings of Kevin Can F— Himself being in development, we were so excited at what this could be, especially given how formulaic and stiff multi-cam sitcoms still are in 2019.
With Kevin Can F— Himself, Rashida Jones is getting meta by switching between multi-cam and single cam from the perspective of the stereotypical sitcom wife and the breaking away from such a traditionally reductive role. AMC has ordered 10 hour long episodes, which makes us curious of what tone this will strike. Sure, it’ll be satiric, but there’s a lot of range on the dramedy spectrum where this could fall, especially since it’s at AMC.
This is one of the most exciting, daring shows that we’ve heard about coming to TV in the not so distant future as it has so much potential (perhaps to start a paradigm shift in how women are portrayed in sitcoms and TV in general).