The Jim Gaffigan Show been cancelled after just two seasons on TV Land. The actor, comedian and co-creator announced on his Facebook page, today that the show was ending. Deadline reports The Jim Gaffigan Show was cancelled. Either way, it is over. Gaffigan and real-life wife Jeannie Gaffigan wrote every second season episode. She also served as showrunner, while he played a fictionalized version of himself in the family comedy series. Last night’s episode, “The Mike Gaffigan Show,” was the TV series finale.
Ashley Williams co-starred as Jim’s wife Jeannie. The series cast also included Adam Goldberg, Michael Ian Black, and Tongayi Chirisa. Guest stars in the second season included: Chris Rock, Steve Buscemi, Rachel Maddow, Keith Olbermann, Lawrence O’Donnell, Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Dave Attell, Hannibal Buress, Macaulay Culkin, and Janeane Garofalo.
A Message About The Jim Gaffigan Show
After months of discussion Jeannie and I have decided to make season 2 of The Jim Gaffigan Show the final season. We realize this may surprise some and we don’t make this decision lightly. 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.
Jeannie and I are grateful that TVLand 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.
We are truly grateful for all the support friends on social media and television critics have given The Jim Gaffigan Show. Jeannie and I are excited to move forward with other creative pursuits.
Jim and Jeannie Gaffigan
Here is more from Deadline:
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.”
As of August 14th, second season ratings for The Jim Gaffigan Show averaged a 0.11 in the 18-49 year old viewer demographic, and the show was averaging 0.443 million viewers (i.e. 443,000) in its second season on TV Land.
The first season of The Jim Gaffigan Show averaged a 0.15 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 600,000 viewers on TV Land. In both seasons, the Nick-at-Nite simulcast performed slightly better.
What do you think? Are you a fan of The Jim Gaffigan Show? Do you think it should have been cancelled or renewed for a third season on TV Land? Tell us.