CBS Orders Jim Gaffigan and Peter Tolan’s Family Sitcom to Pilot
Stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan and Rescue Me creator/Larry Sanders Show writer Peter Tolan began developing a show for CBS last year, and now the network has ordered the series to pilot, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The untitled show was created by Gaffigan and Tolan and will be written by Tolan. It’s based on Gaffigan’s life, with him playing a father of five living in a two-bedroom New York apartment. Last season, Gaffigan, who was recently nominated for a Grammy for his comedy album Mr. Universe, had a family sitcom in development with NBC that didn’t make it. The CBS series will mark his return to the network after 11 years away. He starred in CBS’s Welcome to New York (which was canceled after 13 episodes) in 2000 and played a supporting role on The Ellen Show (canceled after 8 episodes) in 2001. If his new show makes it past the pilot stage and gets ordered to series, it has a shot at lasting as long as those two shows.