Fans of Annie Murphy already knew you couldn’t keep the woman behind “A Little Bit Alexis” down. Now, AMC has agreed by renewing her series, Kevin Can F*** Himself, for a second season. The series, which was a delightfully bizarre twist-up of sitcom hilarity and prestige TV darkness, ended on a cliffhanger, but it wasn’t set in stone that the series would get a chance to tell Kevin to screw himself some more. Lucky for everyone, Kevin Can F*** Himself Season 2 will be heading our way, so raise your middle fingers in triumph.
Warning: Spoilers for Kevin Can F*** Himself Season 1 follow. AMC’s series initially billed itself as the next in a line of trendy shows that used sitcom life tropes as a metaphor for a trap. Like Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’s final season and WandaVision, the promise of perfect domesticity hides a monster in the story’s center. In this case, it’s Kevin, the technical star of the world in which they live. Annie’s character, Allison, married him, believing that she wanted to live in this perfect circus, one half of the couple that’s the center of attention. But a decade in, she’s discovered wedded bliss was a lie; she’s married to a controlling abuser who has wrecked any chance of her having independence. From jobs to schooling to friends, he’s taken any opportunity she’s had away from her, leaving her utterly unable to escape.
This being television, she does the sensible thing and tries to murder him, slowly bringing the tomboy of the crowd, Patty, over to her side. But her efforts fail. By the end of the season, their friendship dissolved, much like any other chance Allison had at happiness.
Unfortunately, Kevin’s BFF, the buffoonish Neil, turned out not to be as dumb as he seemed and realized Allison was trying to kill the only thing he had in his life. He attempted to strangle Allison — only for Patty to rush in at the last minute and save her, ordering Neil to keep his mouth shut.
With most of the household now in on Allison’s murderous leanings (save Kevin and his equally obnoxious father), fans have many questions about where Season 2 is headed. Here’s what we know.
Kevin Can F*** Himself Season 2 Trailer
AMC dropped the first trailer for Kevin Can F*** Himself Season 2 on July 18, just over a month ahead of the final season’s debut. The trailer reveals the new season will pick up immediately where the last one left off — the sudden emergency of dealing with Neil seems to have focused Allison far better than anything else. Though it’s still unclear which outcome she’ll aim for, this two-minute clip presents a wealth of possibilities.
Kevin Can F*** Himself Season 2 Filming Updates
On Aug. 27, 2021, about a month after Kevin Can F*** Himself’s finale, AMC announced it would move ahead with a Season 2 order. Fans had been concerned about the show’s continuation, as the series was not a primary mover on the broadcast cable channel. But on the streaming service, AMC+, where it technically debuted first, the series was a hit, with AMC Networks calling it “the biggest new series launch in the history of the service” and “the most-watched series on AMC+” according to Deadline.
Kevin Can F*** Himself Season 2 Cast
Murphy will return for the second season of Kevin as Allison, the long-suffering wife of the titular character. Mary Hollis Inboden will also be back as Allison’s BFF, Patty, with whom she now has an unshakable bond. Alex Bonifer plays Neil O’Connor, Patty’s brother and now the third person in the group to know about Allison’s plans. Also presumably returning for another season: Eric Petersen as Kevin McRoberts, the man-baby Allison is saddled with, and Brian Howe as Peter McRoberts, Kevin’s father, with whom Allison is also basically saddled.
And the new season will introduce a very notable new cast member: Erinn Hayes, as she confirmed on May 17. It’s unknown who Hayes will play in Season 2, but her casting alone is a big shocker. Why? Well, because she’s pretty much the inspiration for the whole show.
In case you didn’t know, Kevin Can F*** Himself is widely assumed to be not-so-subtly inspired by the 2016 CBS sitcom Kevin Can Wait, which starred Hayes as the dutiful wife of the silly attention-stealing Kevin (played by Kevin James). In particular, the AMC series first entered development about a year after the sitcom’s controversial decision to unceremoniously kill off Hayes’ character after Season 1 to bring in James’ former King of Queens wife Leah Remini to capitalize off their proven onscreen chemistry. The blunt, careless way the show killed off Hayes’ character was met with intense backlash — but now, it sounds like Hayes will get her revenge in Kevin Can F*** Himself.
Kevin Can F*** Himself Season 2 Plot
Dan McDermott, president of original programming for AMC Networks, said in a statement from the network about the second season: “It’s Kevin’s world; Allison’s just living in it. Or is she?”
However, the synopsis suggests Allison might be taking control.
Allison and Patty scramble to deal with Neil, pushing Allison to find a better way out. Altering the original escape plan, Patty once again agrees to help Allison — but this time, on her own terms.
Kevin Can F*** Himself Season 2 Release Date
AMC Networks has confirmed Kevin Can F*** Himself will debut on Monday, Aug. 22, 2022, on both AMC and AMC+.
All eight episodes of Kevin Can F*** Himself Season 1 are streaming on AMC+.
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