TV Land continues to give a vote of confidence to its new slate of single-camera original comedy series. After renewing Darren Star’s Younger earlier this year, the Viacom cable network has just given second-season pickups to the two followup series, The Jim Gaffigan Show and Impastor. Both have been picked up for a second season.
None have been a breakout hit of the magnitude of TV Land’s first ever original comedy, Hot In Cleveland, but they have done a respectable ratings business, according to TV Land. The network notes that Gaffigan drew an average of 4.0 million viewers on premiere nights on TV Land and Nick at Nite, while Impastor attracted a weekly average of 2.8 million viewers, with Gaffigan up +100% from TV Land’s primetime average and Impastor up +29% among Adults 25-54.
“We’re really proud of these shows that represent the new TV Land,” said TV land EVP Keith Cox. “They have quality writing and great casts, and we’re excited to move on to season two for both.”
TV Land has been moving away from original multi-camera sitcoms, recently setting end dates for the last two remaining, The Exes and The Soul Man, seeking the sense of urgency and younger demographics normally associated with edgier, more serialized, single-camera fare. Younger, Jim Gaffigan and Impastor will be followed by new single-camera series Teachers and Lopez, slated to premiere next.
The network also has pilot I Shudder starring Hamish Linklater and Megan Hilty and several half-hour projects in development, including an untitled John Wells/John Riggi/Warner Horizon Television project inspired by the life of Kyle Richards and a script with executive producers Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone.
The Jim Gaffigan Show, starring and inspired by the real life of comedian Jim Gaffigan, chronicles one man’s struggle in New York City to find a balance between fatherhood, stand-up comedy and an insatiable appetite. Also starring in the series are Ashley Williams, Adam Goldberg, and Michael Ian Black, with appearances by Tongayi Chirisa. The show was co-created by executive producers Jim Gaffigan and Peter Tolan and is also executive produced by Gaffigan’s wife, Jeannie Gaffigan. Jeff Lowell served as showrunner for the first season, it is unclear if he will return in Season 2. Alex Murray and Sandy Wernick of Brillstein Entertainment Partners also executive produce.
Impastor is a dark comedy from Christopher Vane, which stars Michael Rosenbaum as Buddy Dobbs, a slacker on the run from his gambling debt. He seizes an unlikely opportunity to steal a man’s identity, and ends up following that man’s path and posing as the new gay pastor of a small, tight-knit town. Only time will tell how long he can keep up the façade. Sara Rue, Mircea Monroe, Mike Kosinski and David Rasche also star in the series. Impastor is executive produced by Vane and Rosenbaum, along with Eric and Kim Tannenbaum and Rob Greenberg.