Kevin Can F**k Himself is ending with its upcoming season 2.
AMC announced that it had renewed the black comedy series for an eight-episode sophomore run last August. But earlier this week, a representative for the network revealed to TVLine that those batch of episodes will serve as the show’s swan song, confirming that there isn’t going to be a season 3.
Created by Valerie Armstrong, Kevin Can F**k Himself stars Schitt’s Creek alum Annie Murphy as Allison McRoberts, a woman struggling to redefine her life amid an unhappy marriage to her insensitive, unambitious man-child husband Kevin (Eric Petersen).
The first season of Kevin Can F**k Himself averaged a 0.06 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 301,000 viewers in the live+same day ratings (including DVR playback through 3 a.m.). Though the show’s live+same day ratings on AMC were far from spectacular, Deadline reported that Kevin Can F**k Himself was actually the most-watched series on AMC+ and was particularly popular with young, upscale, and female-skewing viewers.
While the exact reason for the show’s cancellation is currently unclear, ComicBook.com suggested that the series’ “confusing” premise has done a little in attracting casual viewers and keeping the old ones. Kevin Can F**k Himself presents contrasting perspectives of Allison’s experience: as a stereotypical sitcom wife when she’s with her husband, which is shown with a multiple-camera setup and canned laughter, and as a woman navigating a difficult personal path, filmed in the single-camera setup more common to television dramas.
Apparently, Kevin Can F**k Himself continues the tradition of shows with expletive-laden titles getting short runs on the airwaves. It joins the ABC sitcom Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, which only ran for two seasons from 2012-2014, and the CBS sitcom $#*! My Dad Says, which only had a single-season run from 2010-2011.
Kevin Can F**k Himself season 2 doesn’t have a release date yet, but it may premiere on AMC in June 2022 – the same month it debuted its first season earlier this year.