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TV Land Cancels Kirstie Alley's Series, Orders Jim Gaffigan's Sitcom
Though TV Land began life as a supplemental channel for classic TV fans to watch the series that Nick at Nite no longer aired, the growing network is transitioning nicely into the world of original programming. And by that, I mean that it’s tossing out cancellations while picking up series that no one else wanted. The most recent program to get the TV Land ax was multi-camera sitcom Kirstie, the star-studded return for TV vet Kirstie Alley. On the flip side, they’ve placed a series order for Jim Gaffigan’s long-gestating comedy series, now simply called The Gaffigan Show.
First, the good news. After years of trying to develop sitcoms for both NBC and CBS, widely popular stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan has finally found his televised calling, as TV Land put in a 10-episode order for his retooled comedy series. Co-created by Gaffigan and Rescue Me’s Peter Tolan, The Gaffigan Show will center on a New York City man struggling to nail the balance between being a husband, a father, a stand-up comic and a food lover. (Fans of the comedian are certainly familiar with his food-related tirades.) Sticking around from the previous incarnation are Ashley Williams (How I Met Your Mother) as Jim’s wife, Adam Goldberg (Fargo) as Jim’s best friend and Michael Ian Black (You’re Whole) as the wife’s confidante.
TV Land will keep the second CBS pilot (directed by Seth Gordon) as its first episode, which is set to premiere in 2015. Sony TV is sticking around in a minor role, according to Deadline, and Comedy Central has stepped in to air episodes of The Gaffigan Show within one week of its original airing. This is mostly a promotional move, as Gaffigan’s stand-up specials have made a home for themselves at the comedy-based network. One has to assume, though, that if the series were that good, Comedy Central would have gotten involved from the ground up.
Meanwhile, Kirstie was cancelled five months after the series’ Season 1 finale back in February. In it, Alley was a Broadway star whose biological son (Eric Peterson) returns to her after his adopted mother dies. Not even TV vets like Rhea Perlman or Michael Richards – not to mention guest spots from Jason Alexander, John Travolta and George Wendt – could save this cornball show from getting the boot. While it’s not clear if this had anything to do with the network’s decision or not, Kirstie showrunner and creator Marco Pennette vacated the series soon after the first season came to a close.
TV Land will no doubt fill that void with one of its upcoming original programs, such as the Darren Starr comedy Younger with Hilary Duff, or Alison Brie’s web series transitioner Teachers.
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