The ax fell this week on a sitcom starring a popular comedian, with news surfacing Monday that “The Jim Gaffigan Show” won’t be back for a third season on TV Land.
Gaffigan remains a media presence, including appearances in a current series of Chrysler Pacifica commercials. (You can watch an example below.)
Created by Gaffigan and Peter Tolan, the Sony Pictures Television show is based in part on the real lives of Gaffigan, his wife, Jeannie Gaffigan, and their five children. Jim and Jeannie Gaffigan are the show’s writers and are among its executive producers.
The role of Jeannie Gaffigan is played by Ashley Williams on the series, which debuted in July 2015. Other cast members include Michael Ian Black and Adam Goldberg, and the show has featured guest arcs by Macaulay Culkin, John Mulaney and others.
In a statement announcing the cancellation, TV Land said: “We are really proud of ‘The Jim Gaffigan Show’ and the amazing comedy that Jim, Jeannie, the cast, the creative team and JAX Media have made for us. After two great seasons, we have mutually agreed to not move forward with season three of the series. We have an incredible amount of respect for everyone involved, and are grateful to them for bringing their passion and dedication to ‘The Jim Gaffigan Show.'”
CBS originally ordered a pilot for the project back in January 2013, with Mira Sorvino then attached to play the role of Jim’s wife. But the network passed on the project twice after a series of recastings.
The show was picked up by TV Land in July 2014, with the Gaffigans given full creative control.
Jim Gaffigan posted a message online about the cancellation, writing: “After months of discussion Jeannie and I have decided to make season 2 of ‘The Jim Gaffigan Show’ the final season. We realize this may surprise some and we don’t make this decision lightly. It is hard to say goodbye to this highly personal passion project, which we have nurtured and poured our hearts into for over five years. Jeannie and I are grateful that TV Land allowed us to do this show about our lives the way we wanted. It was empowering, exhilarating and exhausting.”
Here’s one of Jim Gaffigan’s spots for Chrysler Pacifica …