A semi-autobiographical comedy from Jim Gaffigan has received a series order. After being in the works at CBS but failing to move forward, “The Gaffigan Show” received a 10-episode order from TV Land, The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports.
CBS has tried twice to develop the project, the report notes. CBS first gave “The Gaffigan Show” a pilot order in January 2013, with Oscar winner Mira Sorvino tapped to co-star as Gaffigan’s spouse. But CBS passed on the comedy, and redeveloped it for the 2014-15 season, with new casting including Adam Goldberg and Michael Ian Black.
CBS passed on the retooled version in May, and studio Sony Pictures Television started shopping the project to other networks.
“Gaffigan penned the pilot alongside Fedora Entertainment’s Peter Tolan, with both on board to exec produce alongside Jeannie Gaffigan,” THR reports. “Fedora’s Michael Wimer and Gaffigan’s manager at Brillstein Entertainment Partners, Alex Murray and Sandy Wernick, also executive produce. Seth Gordon (‘The Goldbergs’) directed the pilot.”
Said Gaffigan: “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.”
The series will debut on TV Land in 2015.