The show, created by Jim Gaffigan and Peter Tolan, made the difficult transition from a broadcast network — it originated as a pilot for CBS — to basic cable. It had to adjust its broadcast-size budget to make the show work on TV Land. But producing the single-camera comedy for the cable network remained a challenge, especially when the ratings could not quite support it, slipping in Season 2 from the modest numbers for Season 1.
Still, the semi-autobiographical Jim Gaffigan Show was a prestige series for TV Land as it was well received and was toplined by one of the most respected stand-up comedians.
“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,” the network 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.”
In an online post today, co-creator, executive producer and star Gaffigan discussed the end of the show, which he executive produces with his wife, Jeannie Gaffigan, stressing that it was the couple’s decision not to continue, made after two months of deliberations.
“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.”