Jim Gaffigan lands a deal with CBS to star in autobiographical comedy series

By | September 21, 2012 at 2:31 pm | 6 comments | News, TV/Movies | Tags: , ,

As if Jim Gaffigan’s year could get any better – he successfully self-released a new album and stand-up special (Mr. Universe), he welcomed a new baby to his ever-growing family and is selling out theaters across the country – the prolific comedian just snagged a deal with CBS to write and star in his own series.

The single-camera, as-of-yet-untitled show is will center around a man and his wife who live in a two-bedroom apartment in New York City with their five children, reports Deadline. In other words, it’s exactly about Gaffigan’s life, as he’s married (his his writing partner Jeannie Noth) and has five children and lives in a small apartment in Manhattan.

Gaffigan teamed up with Peter Tolan, who has written for, produced and directed the critically acclaimed Denis Leary series Rescue Me and who’s impressive pedigree runs deep; his television credits include The Larry Sanders Show, Murphy Brown and Home Improvement.

CBS has entered into a put pilot deal with Gaffigan, which means if the pilot episode never sees the light of day, the network will be forced to pay steep fines to the show’s production company, which in this case, is Sony Pictures Television.

This is Gaffigan’s second time working on a television project with CBS, as he starred in another autobiographical show, Welcome To New York, about character moving from Indiana to New York City to take a job as a weatherman on a local morning show. The show ran from October 2000 to January 2001.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/gary.weaver.127 Gary Weaver

    Dearest editor and chief, there are two typos in the article. Second paragraph, first sentence and forth paragraph, first sentence. Please don’t hate me, I enjoyed the article.

    • Dylan Gadino

      hey, Gary… i don’t hate you. Fixed the first one. But there’s no type-o in the fourth graph (also, you spelled ‘fourth’ wrong). Are you referring to “put pilot?” That’s a thing. It’s a “put pilot” deal. Also, it’s Editor in Chief, not Editor And Chief.

      • http://www.facebook.com/gary.weaver.127 Gary Weaver

        Sea…thats y u shood edet and i shuud shutup an jus reed.

  • The Devil

    A sitcom about a family has that ever been done before?

    • christopatten

      Shouldn’t the Devil be happy about stuff selling out?

      Also I think Gaffigan might be able to pull this off…although his other show sounds way better.

      • http://www.facebook.com/garry.hess.7 Garry Hess

        Welcome to New york was great. I thought it was a show loosely based on David Letterman’s life though, not Jim gaffigan.

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