Jim Gaffigan, Wife Pull Plug on LES-Based Comedy Series to Spend More Time with the Kids

Posted on: August 24th, 2016 at 5:13 am by

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Filming a scene at Katz’s Deli with Adam Goldberg, August 2015

The Jim Gaffigan Show is dead, long live the Jim Gaffigan Show.

The morning after its Season 2 finale (Monday), comedian Jim Gaffigan and co-creator Peter Tolan pulled the plug on the highly acclaimed comedy series. Thus concluding a tumultuous run for the show, which began as a CBS pilot, then landed at TV Land last year.

Gaffigan stressed in a post online that the choice to end the single-camera sitcom, which he executive produced with wife, Jeannie Gaffigan, was the couple’s alone. They want to focus on their kids.

“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,” he wrote.

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.

As Lower East Siders, the Gaffigans paid homage to their stomping grounds. When we hung out with Jim and Jeannie last year, they conveyed how important it was for them to create a local vibe for the series. As such, production was usually quartered in all parts of the neighborhood, from the Bowery to Essex Street. Locations like Katz’s Deli received frequent mentions (his local hang). In real life, the Gaffigans live in a two-bedroom, fifth-floor walkup on the Bowery where they are raising five children.

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Jim Gaffigan wears a Bowery Boogie shirt

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