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.