The King of Queens: CBS Prepares to Say Goodbye

King of QueensThe longest running sitcom currently on network TV, The King of Queens, returns tonight with the first of its final seven episodes. The series is finishing its ninth year on television and is scheduled to say goodbye on Monday May 14, 2007 with a double episode.

The King of Queens centers around Queens, N.Y. blue-collar couple Doug and Carrie Heffernan who share their humble home with Carrie’s eccentric father, Arthur. Doug’s only refuge from Arthur is the bits of time he can spend alone with Carrie or with his TV sports-watching buddies Deacon, Spence and Danny. Queens stars Kevin James as well as Leah Remini, Gary Valentine, Patton Oswalt, Victor Williams and Jerry Stiller.

The Kevin James sitcom has long been a staple of CBS’ primetime schedule. Some viewers were dismayed to find it strangely missing from the Fall 2006 schedule but CBS maintained that the sitcom would return by early 2007. Fans were pleasantly surprised when the series returned earlier than expected on December 6th and began its ninth season. That joy was quickly tempered when loyal viewers realized that it would be a short season.

Queens has been on the air since September 21, 1998. The show’s popularity has waned in recent years and, as often happens, the cost to produce the show has risen. Kevin James reportedly got into a salary dispute in 2005 and CBS agreed to pay him an estimated $500,000 per episode for the 2005-2006 season. The network agreed to a ninth season, albeit a shorter one made up of only 13 episodes (versus the regular 22). Fans that knew of the situation were hopeful that an agreement would be reached to produce a full season if the ratings were strong enough.

Though Queens started the season with almost 10 million viewers, it apparently wasn’t enough for CBS to want to change its plans. In late 2006, CBS decided to break up the abbreviated Queens season — running six new episodes in December/January and then airing the final seven starting tonight — replacing the seven episode run of freshman series Rules of Engagement. CBS Entertainment President Nina Tasslet said at the time, “These scheduling moves enable us to program more original episodes of comedy in targeted time periods for the remainder of the season. It also provides an opportunity to give The King of Queens a proper send-off in a high profile time period in the Monday night block it helped build.”

Cast and crew alike are staying hush-hush on the story details but we do know that the final episodes will tie up a lot of storylines, give us some resolutions, and reference a lot of past events from the series’ 200+ episode history. Though there are a lot of heartaches and surprises ahead (as you can tell from the network promos), the series will conclude with a happy ending.

The final episode was taped on March 15, 2007 with many friends and family members in attendance, including Ray Romano and his wife. By all reports, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. At the following night’s wrap party, Williams shared, “Last night I felt the strongest sense of pride I’ve ever felt in my life. Nine years on a sitcom is such a tremendous accomplishment in such a difficult business. Everyone on the show has much to be proud of.”

Remini commented on how difficult it is to say farewell, “It’s really hard. One of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, you know, to say goodbye to some people that I’ve been working with for 9 years. It’s very hard.” No doubt loyal viewers can sympathize. Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

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  1. says

    The crapiesr part of this show has always been its connection to ray romano.
    He is absolutely thr most un funniest person to ever be paid for comedy.ive never watched the two episodes he appeared in and never will.
    I also hated it when his comedy style crept into the writing from time to time.
    Here is that style: take a word, add an LY to the end and follow it with the words antonym.
    Wow ray, thats hilarious! if you are 90 or retarted.

  2. Leon says

    Kevin and Victor may have no idea what their chemistry on the show has done for racial unity. I do not know how much of their relationship is due to good writers on the show, or actual chemistry the actors themselves created, but I was personally touched by Doug and Deacon’s relationship.

  3. Barbara Dodson says

    This is a very funny and family sitcom, which I really like to watch and hate to see it cancel. I know that people needs to get on with other stuff, but why break it if it doesn’t need fixing. Wish that they would keep on going and make us viewers laugh for a while longer. THANKS FOR MAKING US LAUGH. I still watch the reruns but like to watch new series too.

  4. connor macphee says

    i am only 13 and i loved this show! when i watched the final episode “china syndrome” i cried! i wish they would’ve kept the series going so much! I still watch it and i own all of the seasons. i still enjoy this show and will for years to come. :)

  5. says

    I truly miss The King of Queens. It will be my favorite sitcom of all time, better than any I have ever watched. I have tried for two years to find a photo t shirt of the cast; if anyone knows of a place please email it to me. I just want a t shirt to honor my favorite tv stars of all time.

    Thankyou Patti Schuman

  6. Melinda says

    I’m looking for the episode where Doug is trying to balance a wrapper on the piled-up trash can instead of taking out the trash. I think it might have just been the teaser that was the intor into the show. Does anyone know which episode/season it’s in?

  7. Steve Carrington says

    This show was hilarious and the thing that made it funny for me is that I could identify with the crazy things that Doug and Carrie did and said. The episode when Carrie had a huge arm because of a gift received from Deacon was funny and I thought the episode when Doug acted as if he didn’t hear the answering machine to avoid an evening at the opera made me laugh for days. Good job folks, it will be hard to top this sitcom.

  8. Anonymous says

    i think kevin james and leah remini are hillarious and both real life spouses
    stefania de la cruz and angelo pagan are also funny .

    COREY

  9. says

    I have been a true fan sense day one. I have all of the D.V.D.’s from One through Nine I have, my family hook on the show now. The King of Queens you donot no how much I am going to miss that show.Everyone seems like family to me now.Please say yes to my question, how could I buy the bedroom set, Doug and Carrie had on the set of the show.That set I really really love it and so does my husband,Maurice. my Email starts off with queenelane,that’s how much I love that show it is the best,there will be no more like it so sad the show help me through my Chemo Iam really going to miss it alot (smile). I watch my d.v.d.’s everyday and night for real itis like the best ever. LOVE ALWAYS Queenelane

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