Actor Kevin James has closed a deal with Netflix that will see him be a part of a NASCAR-themed show.
The comedian has confirmed The Hollywood Reporter's report on this by tweeting his excitement over the project.
James, who's starred in sitcoms King of Queens and Kevin Can Wait, is returning to series TV, having also starred in the likes of Paul Blart: Mall Cop and its sequel, Grown Ups and its sequel, and Here Comes the Boom, among several other films.
This latest deal will have him take on the role of a NASCAR garage crew chief in a multicamera comedy called The Crew. The show will be set in said garage and will revolve around James' struggles after the owner passes the gig to his daughter and she brings in tech-minded millennials.
The show is being produced in partnership with NASCAR, and the company's managing director of content development Matt Summers and chief digital officer Tim Clark will be on hand to oversee things on their end.
Producer and screenwriter Jeff Lowell - known for his work on Two and a Half Men, Spin City and The Ranch - will operate as a writer, executive producer, and showrunner. Jeff Sussman, who has managed James for a long time, will also be an executive producer alongside Paul Blart producer Todd Garner. Nothing has been announced as it relates to a premiere and the number of episodes per season.
James, one of the most successful multicamera comedians out there, is set for a return to TV shows after CBS canceled Kevin Can Wait after it's two-and-a-half-year run. His deal with Netflix comes as part of the streaming giants' quest to get some of the biggest names in acting on their payroll.
Netflix's relationship with multicams has been so-so for the most part. The Ranch, Fuller House, One Day at a Time, No Good Nick and All About The Washingtons are among their range of such shows. The latter was canceled after one season while The Ranch and Fuller House are both set to end.
It is hoped that a James-led The Crew could prove as successful as those involved plan for it to be. So let's see how this turns out.