Annie Murphy’s New Show Is a Sitcom like No Other
Annie Murphy is a critically acclaimed actress who is best known for her role as Alexis Rose in the CBC show Schitt's Creek. She starred alongside Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy, Catherine O’Hara, and her role as the daughter of Levy and O'Hara won her many accolades. She won a Primetime Emmy in 2020 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
Murphy made her acting debut in 2007 in a TV movie titled Lethal Obsession. In almost 15 years, she has 21 acting credits under her name.
Now, the actress is working on her latest series, Kevin Can F**k Himself. The series is in the post-production stage and will be released in June 2021.
Learn more about the upcoming anticipated sitcom.
Annie Murphy’s New Show
Created by Valerie Armstrong, the upcoming dark comedy series will revolve around Murphy’s character Allison. She is a sitcom wife trying to defy the television norms by breaking free from her shackles and taking charge of her own life.
Eric Petersen plays Kevin, her careless husband who thinks his wife’s only job is to please him and has confined her in his universe. Actors like Alex Bonifer, Mary Hollis Inboden, and Raymond Lee are also included in the list of cast members.
Along with Armstrong, Rashida Jones and Will McCormack will serve as executive producers for the show.
Kevin Can F**k Himself is not like any other sitcom. Instead, it is a surrealistic sitcom that showcases what happens when a wife gets tired of her disrespectful husband's antics and decides to live her life on her own terms.
The series is a single-camera comedy, which makes use of bright and dark environments.
Through the help of lighting, Kevin Can F**k Himself showcases a cheerful atmosphere as well as a darker and more 'real' counterpart which is often concealed in typical sitcoms.
It is not something that is in her head or supernatural. We worked really hard to make it so that both worlds are reality; it’s just a different lens.
Armstrong grew up watching characters like Peg Bundy, Debra Barone, and Carrie Heffernan, with their roles as sitcom wives being sidelined and used as a punching bag for misogynistic jokes.
On Everybody Loves Raymond, Patricia Heaton’s character Debra Barone is portrayed as an underappreciated housewife who gets no support from her husband while having to hear constant criticism from her mother-in-law.
When it came to creating the character, Armstrong was influenced by Jill Taylor, Patricia Richardson’s character from the TV show Home Improvement. She had once overheard Richardson begging the directors to give her a better character.
Shows like those inspired Armstrong to make a character like Allison break from the stereotype of a typical sitcom wife into a more strong-willed woman.
When Murphy saw the script for the series, she claimed it was “new and exciting.”
Even though Schitt’s Creek had made Murphy well known in the TV industry, she wanted to leave the spotlight of her character, Alexis Rose. She thought that Kevin Can F**k Himself was one such series that would help her do so.
The story was something she had never seen before and liked it immediately. Besides that, she could connect with her character, Allison, and her humanity.
She gave a little insight into Allison’s mindset. As someone who makes mistakes and faces repercussions for it, Murphy believes viewers will relate to Allison and her feelings.
Kevin Can F**k Himself will premiere on AMC+ on June 13, 2021, and on AMC on June 20, 2021.