Gold Coast Studios in Bethpage will soon become the home of Long Island’s first-ever live studio audience sitcom.
According to Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, CBS has picked up “Kevin Can Wait,” a multi-camera live studio audience sitcom starring Kevin James, an actor and comedian known for his roles in sitcom “The King of Queens,” and films including ”Grown Ups,” “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” and “Hitch.” The pilot was filmed at Gold Coast Studio in Bethpage, and the sitcom will continue to film in Bethpage. “Kevin Can Wait” is expected to air on CBS this September
While Bethpage’s Gold Coast Studios and Grumman Studios have served as home to a number of motion picture and television productions, this was Long Island’s first-ever live audience sitcom, adding hundreds of millions of dollars annually to our local economy.
Mangano called the news “exciting,” adding that “Nassau County is quickly becoming the Hollywood East of the motion picture and television industry – employing residents and generating more $250 million in economic benefit for our local economy annually.”
The motion picture and television industry generated $533.6 million in economic benefit for Nassau, and more than $1.64 million in sales and hotel taxes between 2013 and 2014, according to a 2015 study by Camoin Associates. The industry employed 1,773 annual jobs through the production of more than 535 films, which accounted for over 2,109 days between 2013 and 2014. Nassau is now the home of two successful production studios that encompass three buildings and nine sound stages that compete internationally for film and television production.
Over the past few years, Nassau has served as home to NBC’s live performances of “The Sound of Music,” “Peter Pan,” and “The Wiz.” Motion picture and television shows filmed in Nassau also include “The Good Wife,” “The Amazing Spiderman 2,” “Royal Pains,” “The Americans,” “Person of Interest,” and “The Blacklist.”