Netflix and NASCAR announced a new comedy series “The Crew” starring Kevin James, King of Queens alum. The series is set in a NASCAR garage. James will play the role of crew chief. When the owner steps down and passes the team off to his daughter, James finds himself at odds with the tech-reliant millennials she starts bringing in to modernize the team. The actor, Kevin James, has closed a deal with Netflix to star in, and executive produces the Netflix comedy series.
The Crew is the latest multicamera comedy in the works at Netflix, which has had a hit-and-miss track record in the space. Other multi-cams at the streamer have included Fuller House, The Ranch, One Day at a Time, No Good Nick and All About the Washingtons. The latter was canceled after one season, while Fuller House and The Ranch are both ending. One Day at a Time was axed and revived months later by Pop TV. Word on the future of No Good Nick has not been announced.
James, who shot to stardom with CBS’ The King of Queens before segueing to features, returned to TV comedy in 2016 with the multi-camera Kevin Can Wait, which aired on CBS for two seasons. At Netflix, he headlined last year’s Never Don’t Give Up, a comedy special that marked his return to stand-up.
James’ move to Netflix comes as the company continues to bring proven broadcast actors and showrunners to the streaming space with the lure of sizable upfront paydays and alleged creative freedom.
Jeff Lowell is the writer and executive producer on “The Crew” in addition to serving as showrunner. Jeff Sussman and Todd Gardner will also executive produce, with Matt Summers and Tim Clark executive producing for NASCAR.
An episode count and premiere date have yet to be determined.