TV Land has renewed their newest comedy series Impastor and The Jim Gaffigan Show for second seasons, the network announced late on Monday. Both have received twelve episode pick-ups and will return to the network in 2016.
Impastor follows Buddy Dobbs a gambling, pot-smoking slacker on the run from a loan shark, who steals a man’s identity and ends up posing as the new gay pastor in a small, tight-knit town. The comedy series was created by Christopher Vane and stars Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville), Sara Rue (Less Than Perfect), Aimee Garcia (Dexter), Mircea Monroe (Episodes), Mike Kosinski (The Second City Chicago) and David Rasche (Ugly Betty).
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.
Both shows have been strong ratings performers, with The Gaffigan Show attracting some 4 million viewers across both TV Land and Nick at Nite; while Impastor has been drawing in a weekly average audience of 2.8 million viewers. Additionally, The Gaffigan Show‘s ratings are up 100% on the network’s prime-average and Impastor us up 29% among Adults 25-54,
“We’re really proud of these shows that represent the new TV Land,” said Keith Cox, Executive Vice President of Development and Original Programming for TV Land. “They have quality writing and great casts, and we’re excited to move on to season two for both.”
The two renewals are notable as they come after a spate of cancellations which saw the bulk of the network’s multi-camera shows brought to an end as part of their move towards single camera comedies. Hot In Cleveland wrapped its run earlier this year, while The Exes was recently cancelled and The Soul Man is returning for a final season next year. Impastor and The Jim Gaffigan Show join fellow single-camera comedy Younger which is also returning for a second season.