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In a changing of the self-titled comedy guard, TV Land announced on Tuesday (July 29) that it has given a series order to "The Gaffigan Show," while also confirming that "Kirstie" has been cancelled after only one season. As you might guess, "The Gaffigan Show" comes from best-selling author and Hot Pockets enthusiast Jim Gaffigan. The single-camera comedy has been ordered for 10 episodes and will shoot in New York, premiering in 2015. Based on Gaffigan's experiences balancing fatherhood, stand-up comedy and "an insatiable appetite," "The Gaffigan Show" has played an interesting version of network hopscotch. The project, created by Gaffigan and Peter Tolan, was developed and shot for CBS in 2013 and then redeveloped and shot this spring. It will now air on TV Land, with Comedy Central securing rights to air episodes one week after their premiere. “I am thrilled that TV Land is giving us this opportunity to do this show that Peter, »
- Daniel Fienberg
“Kirstie” starred Alley as a Broadway star who reunites with the son she gave up for adoption years ago. The series reunited Alley with her former “Cheers” co-star Rhea Perlman. It also starred Eric Petersen and “Seinfeld’s” Michael Richards.
- Variety Staff
It looks like Kirstie Alley’s sitcom comeback is going to be short-lived.
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The sitcom — which co-starred fellow sitcom vets Rhea Perlman and Michael Richards — found Alley playing Maddie Banks, a Tony Award-winning actress whose life was turned upside down upon the discovery of her long-lost son Arlo (played by Eric Peterson).
Exclusive: TV Land’s freshman comedy Kirstie just finished its freshman run on Wednesday. If it gets a second season, it will be without creator/executive producer/showrunner Marco Pennette, who is leaving. The departure is not related to Kirstie or its star, Kirstie Alley, with whom Pennette is a long-time friend. I hear there is a personal issue that makes it difficult for Pennette to perform showrunner duties on a series, which are very physically demanding. He still loves working in comedy and has joined Chuck Lorre’s freshman CBS comedy Mom for a part-time gig as a consulting producer, that is better suited for him at the moment. TV Land is expected to search for a new showrunner as part of its decision-making process on Season 2. Kirstie has not been a breakout ratings or critical hit but it features a dream cast of sitcom stars Alley, Rhea Perlman and Michael Richards. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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