TV Land has handed a 10 episode series order to Jim Gaffigan’s comedy ‘The Gaffigan Show’, which was initially set up at CBS.
The Gaffigan Show explores one man’s struggle in New York City to find a balance between fatherhood, stand-up comedy and an insatiable appetite. The series was created by Jim Gaffigan & Peter Tolan and stars Gaffigan, Ashley Williams (How I Met Your Mother), Adam Goldberg (Fargo) and Michael Ian Black (Ed). The executive producers are Jim Gaffigan, Jeannie Gaffigan, Alex Murray, Sandy Wernick and Michael Wimer.
A single camera comedy, The Gaffigan Show has been in development for close to three years and was initially set up at CBS with Sony Pictures Television serving as the studio on the project. It was after CBS passed on the second pilot that TV Land stepped in to pick up the comedy. As part of the pick up deal, new episodes of The Gaffigan Show will air on sister network Comedy Central within a week of their premiere on TV Land. Production begins later this year in New York for a 2015 premiere.
The greenlight for the series, which took weeks of negotiations to lower the budget to the appropriate level for basic cable, comes mere hours after TV Land pulled the plug on their comedy Kirstie, after airing just one 12 episode season. The Gaffigan Series joins a line up of original series on TV Land which includes Hot In Cleveland, The Soul Man, The Exes, Jennifer Falls and Younger.
“We love Jim Gaffigan’s brand of humor. The second we saw this show we knew we wanted it on TV Land,” said Larry W. Jones, President of TV Land.“The audience that TV Land is targeting is Gen Xers who are raising families so we love that this show reflects their world. Only funnier.”
While creator, executive producer and series star Jim Gaffigan added: “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. “I’m probably most excited about the craft service. I gained 20 pounds for this role. Ok, fine. It was 40 pounds.”