1:41pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
TV Land's Jim Gaffigan Comedy Sets Showrunner (Exclusive)
TV Land's upcoming Jim Gaffigan comedy has found its showrunner.
Manhattan Love Story's Jeff Lowell has been tapped to oversee the series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Lowell will executive produce The Jim Gaffigan Show alongside veteran producer Peter Tolan. The show, picked up straight to series after CBS twice developed the single-camera entry, is semi-autobiographical comedy from Sony Pictures Television that stars Gaffigan as a happily married and harried New York father of five — which he is in real life. The series will debut in 2015 on TV Land, with fellow Viacom-owned cable network Comedy Central airing episodes of the series a week after they debut. The deal capitalizes on Gaffigan's audience at Comedy Central, where he has been the subject of multiple stand-up specials.
For Lowell, the Gaffigan vehicle marks his follow-up to ABC's Manhattan Love Story, which was canceled after four episodes. His credits include serving as a writer/consulting producer on CBS' Two and a Half Men as well as USA Network's Common Law. He's repped by UTA and Management 360.
Gaffigan penned the pilot alongside Fedora Entertainment's Tolan, with both on board to exec produce alongside Jeannie Gaffigan. 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.