If you hadn’t heard the news, TV Land has decided to end The Jim Gaffigan Show following a mutual agreement between the network and Gaffigan. The comedian starred on the show and his wife Jeannie was showrunner, with the pair writing the episodes as well. That’s certainly an interesting couple’s activity and a good way to keep very, very busy. Not the best when you also have five children and a desire to live a life.
TV Land released a statement on the cancellation according to Deadline, bringing the show to an end with some respect:
“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.”
Gaffigan penned a note to fans on Twitter about why the show was coming to an end, noting the work involved with putting it together and his creative future with his wife:
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
Jeannie Gaffigan also shared her thoughts about the cancellation on Twitter, putting the creative input behind the show into perspective and showing why this might’ve been a good time to bring the show to an end:
These days, you really don’t want to drag out a television series to the points that we’ve seen in the past. Audiences likely don’t have the patience to sit through a 20-episode season of Cheers these days, with exceptions like The Big Bang Theory. Two seasons is not shabby, especially when you have full creative control it seems.