Jim Gaffigan Comedy Being Redeveloped at CBS

With the new pilot order, the project will now be in contention for the 2014-15 broadcast season.
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Jim Gaffigan and Peter Tolan

CBS is sticking with Jim Gaffigan.

The network is redeveloping his comedy pilot for the 2014-15 broadcast season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The project marks CBS' second pilot order for the new development season, joining The McCarthys, which is also being redeveloped.

The single-camera semi-autobiographical comedy from Sony Pictures Television stars Gaffigan as a happily married and harried New York father of five -- as he is in real life.

Gaffigan will rewrite the pilot with Fedora Entertainment's Peter Tolan. Fedora's Michael Wimer and Gaffigan's manager at Brillstein Entertainment Partners, Alex Murray, will executive produce.

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The original pilot co-starred Oscar-winner Mira Sorvino as Gaffigan's wife, with Christian Barillas and Tongayi Chirisa co-starring. It's unclear which, if any, cast members will remain with the comedy. For her part, Sorvino in July booked a multiple-episode arc on USA Network's Psych.

The new pilot order keeps Gaffigan in the CBS fold. The actor-comedian previously starred on the network's short-lived New York comedy in 2001. The comedy landed a put-pilot commitment at CBS in September and pilot order in January. Gaffigan's most recent comedy album, Mr. Universe, picked up a Grammy nomination. His book, Dad Is Fat, was released in May.

CBS ordered six new comedies in May as it looks to expand its foothold on Thursdays to a two-hour block and prepare to rebuild Mondays after the final season of How I Met Your Mother. That's up from the two half-hours the network ordered in 2012. (Partners was canceled shortly after launching and Friend Me never aired.)

Gaffigan is repped by CAA, Brillstein and Schreck Rose; Tolan is with CAA and Schreck Rose.

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