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The Jim Gaffigan Show Is Calling It Quits

It may have been well-received, but it just wasn't funny. I've watched every episode, and man, this season was bad. Bad in that I turned off the DVR. That said, the finale was quite hysterical. I do love Daniel.

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It strikes a bit of a false chord for someone who spends so much time on the road* to claim family obligations, but writing, producing and acting in a show -- surprise! -- takes a lot of time. His wife was also on the set and maybe her absence from  home also played a part.

Not that I'll miss the show at all, but the "spend time with my family" explanation is often code from something else and I'm curious in a gossipy way if there was trouble behind the scenes.

 

 

* His tour schedule shows 31 shows from now until the end of the year, including London and a cruise.

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I enjoy this show, but that may be because I really like Jim Gaffigan.  I did always forget to watch it because it was on TVLand and because it was on Sunday nights.

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I wonder if the show just wasn't as profitable as touring can be for Gaffigan, especially supplemented by all the minivan commercials.  I enjoy his stand up; this show, not nearly as much.  The two episodes I did like were the museum episode and the one where Daniel stays over on Jim's "quiet" weekend.  Jim, Dave, and Daniel together worked; it's a shame that more episodes couldn't have them interacting as much and Jeannie off screen as much as possible.

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It strikes a bit of a false chord for someone who spends so much time on the road* to claim family obligations, but writing, producing and acting in a show -- surprise! -- takes a lot of time. His wife was also on the set and maybe her absence from  home also played a part.

Not that I'll miss the show at all, but the "spend time with my family" explanation is often code from something else and I'm curious in a gossipy way if there was trouble behind the scenes.

 

 

* His tour schedule shows 31 shows from now until the end of the year, including London and a cruise.

I would guess that the show wasn't successful enough to justify how much time it took both Jeannie and Jim away from their kids.

Tina Fey writes in Bossypants about the time commitment that writing and starring in her own show was. It sounds like agony. And that was a much more high profile show -- the rewards were greater for Tina and Co.

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It became very frustrating to try to follow this show. My DVR missed several episodes and it became a major challenge to try to catch up with them because my cable provider (Charter) doesn't have TVLand On Demand, nor does it allow me to stream TVLand content via their app. (Same for HBO, by the way.) So either I would have to PAY for it (no way), or watch it many weeks after the air date on my computer. Neither is a good option.

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On 8/24/2016 at 9:02 AM, lordonia said:

It strikes a bit of a false chord for someone who spends so much time on the road* to claim family obligations, but writing, producing and acting in a show -- surprise! -- takes a lot of time. His wife was also on the set and maybe her absence from  home also played a part.

Not that I'll miss the show at all, but the "spend time with my family" explanation is often code from something else and I'm curious in a gossipy way if there was trouble behind the scenes.

 

 

* His tour schedule shows 31 shows from now until the end of the year, including London and a cruise.

I have discovered that I can get out on any invitation by saying, "Sorry, I can't make it.  I have other plans that day."  They don't need to know that my other plans are to empty my dishwasher, or watch reruns, or buy milk.  Anything can be a "plan." Fortunately, most of my friends don't bother asking what my plans are, but if they do, I give a general response, like "Oh, there are too many things to list. It is just a busy time of year."

I think there is a similar excuse making technique in show business.  Most parents believe they want to spend more time with their families.  So, instead of saying that you are ending the show because ratings aren't as high as expected (making you look unsuccessful), or the network doesn't want to pay you as much as you want (making you look greedy), you just say that you want to spend more time with your family.  

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