A wedding is a wedding. CBS sitcom Kevin Can Wait returns for its second season on Monday, September 25, and the latest episode features a wedding. The Knot gets an exclusive preview from the bride, Taylor Spreitler, who plays Kendra Gable on the show.
“Our premiere is a year into the future,” the actress, 23, says. “And the wedding gets a little rushed because life happens.” (The network received a sudden surge of interest when Spreitler’s on-screen mom, played by Erinn Hayes, was written off the show. In Hayes’ place, Leah Remini stepped in as Vanessa Cellucci opposite King of Queens colleague Kevin James.)
Photos from the season premiere feature the bride in a wedding gown, while the groom (played by Ryan Cartwright) is in a gown of his own—as a patient. “It wasn’t the wedding that we had dreamed of,” Spreitler says. “It happened in more of a rushed manner… It ends up being really funny and hectic and thrown together. And perfect at the end.”
Spreitler says she’s never considered the magnitude of what goes into wedding planning. “It just wasn’t something that I thought about as a little girl,” she says. “When they called me, they were like, ‘You need to start looking at wedding dresses.’ It was a collective process. I had no idea where to begin.”
Though Hayes was let go from the show, her character lived on in the episode in a roundabout way. “In the episode, I ended up wearing my mom’s old wedding dress, and that added a different element to what we were doing,” she expressed. “On the show, this whole thing was I wanted to get married in her old wedding dress.”
Along with the dress process, Spreitler bonded with her colleagues over the experience; Particularly with Kevin James, who plays the family patriarch. (The actress tragically lost her own father to a suicide in July 2016.)
“It’s crazy what goes into a wedding,” she says. “[Kevin] playing a dad giving his daughter away… I think it was a different experience for all of us. For me, I never even thought about it. I got emotional walking down the aisle looking at him. I was like, ‘This is weird.’ I don’t think any of us expected it to affect us.”
Season 2 of Kevin Can Wait premieres on Monday, September 25 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.