Comedian Jim Gaffigan sitcom finally finds a home on TV Land

By Daniel S Levine,

After years of being worked on at CBS, comedian Jim Gaffigan is finally going to get to make his sitcom. The show will air on TV Land, which has given the project a series order.

Gaffigan’s project has been with the network for years, but CBS never picked it up. Even after he scored a success with his Dad is Fat book, CBS continued to sit on the project and ultimately passed. Now, Variety is reporting that TV Land, which is also owned by Viacom, has ordered 10 episodes of the series.

The Gaffigan Show will star Gaffigan as a standup comedian and a father who struggles with a big appetite. Adam Goldberg, Michael Ian Black and Ashley Williams also appear in the show.

Seth Gordon did direct the pilot, but Gaffigan does not have a showrunner yet. Peter Tolan of Fedora Entertainment and Jeannie Gaffigan are the executive producers.

The pilot was produced by Sony Pictures TV, but they are no longer the lead producers.

"I am thrilled that TV Land is giving us this opportunity to do this show that Peter, Jeannie and I have been fine-tuning for three years," Gaffigan said in a statement, notes The Hollywood Reporter. "I'm probably most excited about the craft service. I gained 20 pounds for this role. OK, fine. It was 40 pounds."

Episodes will also air on sister Viacom station Comedy Central, which has aired Gaffigan standup specials in the past.

TV Land picked up the show the same day Kirstie Alley’s show was cancelled.

image courtesy of Roger Wong/INFphoto.com



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