The TV sitcom appears to be reverting back to its state in the early '90s, a time during which (to paraphrase Jon Favreau's character in Swingers) networks handed out sitcoms to comedians at the airport. NBC keeps developing shows for comics, including Whitney Cummings, Roseanne Barr, Dane Cook, Sarah Silverman and Nick Thune. Now CBS is getting into the game, too, with reports that they're moving forward with a pilot starring comedian Jim Gaffigan.
The show, created by Gaffigan and Peter Tolan (most recently of Rescue Me), will be a single-camera sitcom based on the comic's life as a husband and father, an idea that's never been mined on a network sitcom before. I guess Gaffigan's stand-up would lend itself well to this kind of format, but that will grow tired pretty quickly. I guess we should wait and see if it even goes to series. And then what that series turns out to be.
Gaffigan's first sitcom, Welcome to New York, aired on CBS in 2000, but was canceled in just four months. He has also starred on The Ellen Show, CBS's ill-fated follow-up to the Ellen DeGeneres sitcom Ellen, and My Boys on TBS.
(via AV Club)
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