Patton Oswalt is making his series regular network sitcom return with A.P. Bio. His last regular network acting gig wasThe King of Queens, which ended in 2007. The King of Queens has been semi-resurrected at CBS as Kevin Can Wait, which reunites stars Kevin James and Leah Remini, as well as Gary Valentine, James' older brother who played James' character's cousin on King of Queens and now plays his brother on Kevin Can Wait.
But there are some very notable King of Queens alumni who haven't shown up on Kevin Can Wait yet. Jerry Stiller is one, and Oswalt is another. Jerry Stiller is semi-retired, but Patton Oswalt is always working. And he'd be willing to take on another job, if Kevin Can Wait would just pick up the phone.
When TV Guide asked him at the Television Critics Association winter press tour Tuesday if he's been contacted about doing a Kevin Can Wait guest spot, Oswalt said "No!" with a lot of mock indignation. "And if they did, I would do it in a second. King of Queens was one of the most fun times I've ever had. Getting to work with Kevin and Jerry Stiller and Leah, that was the best show. I loved it."
On The King of Queens, Oswalt played Spencer "Spence" Olchin, a nerdy friend of Doug Heffernan's (James), through all nine seasons of the series. It was Oswalt's breakout acting role.
Someone from Kevin Can Wait is on A.P. Bio, though. Erinn Hayes, who co-starred on Kevin Can Wait's first season before being controversially replaced by Leah Remini, makes a guest appearance in an upcoming episode of A.P. Bio.
Kevin Can Wait airs Mondays at 8/7c on CBS.
A.P. Bio premieres with a special preview airing Thursday, Feb 1 at 9:30/8:30c, with that episode and the next two available for streaming on the NBC App and Hulu. It will move to its regular time slot on Thursday, Mar. 1 at 9:30/8:30c.
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