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The TCA Winter Press Tour event for this show was held today (February 18th).    We now have an official trailer (embedded below) and some fresh news articles about the series.

Official Trailer

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This is a story about a woman who keeps playing a perfect housewife. Then, one day she realizes what she wants: to kill her husband. Emmy winner Annie Murphy (Schitt's Creek) stars in KEVIN CAN F**K HIMSELF, coming to AMC Summer 2021.'

Official Twitter Feed is twitter.com/KevCanFHimself (launched this month).

 

Vanity Fair:  "Exclusive interview" article with Annie Murphy (short, not a back-and-forth transcript)

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One of the things that infuriated Murphy in real life was Kevin Can Wait, which unceremoniously ejected actor Erinn Hayes—who played Kevin’s wife of 20 years—because it was “literally just running out of ideas,” according to star Kevin James.

When I asked Murphy if she watched that sitcom in order to satirize it, she sighed. “I did watch an episode here and there of Kevin Can Wait, but it just gets to a point where you’re like, FUCK this. Like, getting angry as opposed to getting any source of entertainment out of it. I got the gist of it pretty quickly.”

 

Entertainment Weekly's write-up (with a few "exclusive" photos):

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Over the past four years, the reason the striking title Kevin Can F**k Himself has persisted "is not because it was a reaction to some now-defunct sitcom," series creator Valerie Armstrong says. "It's still the title because it's actually, in my head, a very good encapsulation of the format of the show itself. It starts out sounding very familiar, and then the rug gets pulled out from under you."

In 2017, amid serious global discussions about gender politics and how entertainment fails women both on screen and off (like on Kevin Can Wait, the now-canceled CBS series the show's title plays off), Armstrong heard two actresses on a podcast explain how the sitcom roles they'd go out for ended up being wives that only served as "setup machines." The vision of Kevin Can F**k Himself came to her all at once, with her thinking, "The job of the show is making that wife, that beautiful, put-upon, supposedly naggy wife, a real person. How did that woman actually get stuck in this situation? And how does she get out?"

A general meeting at AMC became a pitch meeting once the network read the script, and all of the sudden Armstrong got the green light to make her first TV series, a show "about a woman who we all grew up thinking that we knew, the sitcom wife, and she is surrounded by these people who prop up her husband. She is the butt of most of the jokes and seemingly fine with it… But on our show, we follow her out of that sitcom world where there is no laugh track. Her dramatic life is full of grit and emotion that she's not afforded in that sitcom."

"It's not a show within a show," Armstrong stresses. "She's not an actor. It's just the way this world is presented. It's like a lens. It's a metaphor for the benefit of the doubt we've given men like Kevin forever. Men who get to like walk through life with a sitcom audience cheering them on all the time."

 

Here's one journalist's brief live-tweeting of the event, with quotes from Murphy and the creator, Valerie Armstrong.  (The below tweets are from later in the thread.)

 

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I've been excited for this show since it was announced, and the trailer looks fantastic. So happy for Annie Murphy that this is the kind of work she's pulling post-Schitt's Creek, really looking forward to seeing what she does with this.

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The series will premiere with the first 2 episodes on Sunday, June 20 at 9pm on AMC. The episodes will debut on AMC+ a week earlier on June 13 and each subsequent episode will debut on AMC+ a week ahead of the linear debut on AMC on Sundays at 9pm http://thefutoncritic.com/news/2021/04/22/annie-murphy-returns-to-television-in-the-groundbreaking-new-series-kevin-can-fk-himself-sunday-june-13-on-amcplus-and-sunday-june-20-on-amc-29010/20210422amc01/

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I just saw the previews for this.  I’ve seen tons of people complain about sitcom pairs where some schlub guy is married to a hot babe and the whole premise is how lucky the wife is or how the world revolves around the husband’s feelings and the wife is just and afterthought or someone to bounce the occasional joke off of.   This looks like an answer to those complaints.  The wife wakes up to a much darker world tired of being the butt of the joke.   

Looks like fun.

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From the Variety article:
 

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As it’s gone on, though, “Kevin Can F*** Himself” has shaped up into one of the great missed opportunities of recent TV history. It’s a show that has surprisingly little to say about anything other than the particulars of its situation — one that ends up looking as loopily implausible as the set-up for a Kevin James sitcom.

Allison is such a radically different person when the mood shifts that it can be hard to remember the show is intended as a takedown of family sitcoms and not a gender-swapped crime story, full stop.

More and more, it feels apparent that “Kevin Can F*** Himself” is a satire intended for an audience with only a broad general idea of what’s being satirized.

 

Well, they didn't lie. The show started out strong but ultimately lost it's way and ended in a very weak way.

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Agreed!  It did have some kinks but I’m very glad they get a second season because I feel like there’s a good show this can build into.  We got glimpses here & there in 1st season. 

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I think I projected too much of what I though this show was going to be onto it and that influenced my disappointment with the finale, but a lot of those expectations were based on this being a limited series. There's a lot I like about it though, and I'm hoping a second season can give us a better idea of the bigger picture.

I was pleasantly surprised with the ways they were able to keep using the format switch to their advantage, and am definitely looking forward to see what else they can do with that.

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I'll keep watching just for the chemistry between Annie Murphy and Mary Hollis Inboden. It would be nice if the writers could do a better job fleshing out the characters and their motivations, but the friendship between Allison and Patty is what really makes the show for me.

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