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TV Land’s The Jim Gaffigan Show will end with its second season.
Star, creator and exec producer Jim Gaffigan made the announcement Monday via Twitter with a post explaining the “difficult” decision that doubles Sunday’s season finale as a series-ender.
“After months of discussion [his wife and exec producer] Jeannie [Gaffigan] and I have decided to make season two of The Jim Gaffigan Show the final season,” he wrote. “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. As many of you know all the episodes this season were written by Jeannie and me. Jeannie was the showrunner and I acted in virtually every scene. In one way it was a perfect scenario. We worked with an amazing cast and crew, learned tons and laughed so much. However, the time commitment to make the quality of show we wanted was taking us away from our most important project, our five children. We are truly grateful for all the support friends on social media and television critics have given The Jim Gaffigan Show. Jeannie and I are excited to move forward with other creative pursuits.”
The Jim Gaffigan Show was based on the lives of the husband-and-wife duo. The road to the screen was a long one, with the comedy originally developed for NBC and forced to film two pilots for CBS before it moved to TV Land with a series pickup. The deal also included a second window on Comedy Central, where Gaffigan has been a featured stand-up performer. In its freshman run, the series averaged 4 million total viewers when factoring in premiere nights on both the network and sibling Nick at Nite.
“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,” TV Land said in a statement. “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.”
Produced by Sony Pictures Television, Fedora Entertainment’s Peter Tolan, Michael Wimer and Gaffigan’s manager at Brillstein Entertainment Partners, Alex Murray and Sandy Wernick, also executive produced.
For TV Land, the departure of The Jim Gaffigan Show comes as the Viacom-owned cable network has found success with its switch to single-camera comedy — and filming in New York. The Jim Gaffigan Show becomes the first of the cabler’s single-camera fare to bid farewell after TV Land’s rebranding to focus on a younger demo than the multicamera fare that came before it. After cancelling all of its multicamera fare, including Betty White’s Hot in Cleveland, the cabler’s roster now consists of all single-cam: Younger, Lopez, Teachers and Impastor. Its pilot roster includes a reboot of First Wives Club and a John Wells comedy inspired by the life of Kyle Richards and starring Alicia Silverstone.
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