Over a decade after the cancellation of the last CBS sitcom on which he had a lead role, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan will be starring in a new single-camera family comedy for the eye network.
Following a recent announcement from Crown Publishing that Gaffigan will be releasing a family book in June of next year, CBS handed a put pilot commitment to the as-yet-untitled project, which attracted interest from several networks.
Loosely based on Gaffigan's life, the show will revolve around a man and his wife as they raise their five children in a two-bedroom apartment in New York City. Gaffigan will pen the story with prolific television and film comedy writer Peter Tolan, who will handle script duties.
Since starring in Welcome To New York from October of 2000 until it was canceled due to low ratings in January 2001, Gaffigan has had supporting roles on CBS' The Ellen Show, FOX's That '70s Show, and TBS' My Boys in addition to releasing several comedy albums. He is also known for his co-starring role in a series of recurring animated shorts on NBC's Late Night With Conan O'Brien entitled Pale Force, poking fun at the pasty white complexion that he and Conan share.
Much of the humor in his stand-up routines is derived from the crazy family dynamic of raising a multitude of kids in a two-bedroom apartment, so there should be plenty of material for a truly funny show. If not, there's always bacon and Hot Pockets. Hot Pockets!