Mira Sorvino has been cast as Jim Gaffigan’s wife in a new sitcom pilot from CBS.
The still-untitled show stars Gaffigan as a New York father of five (which, as TheWrap notes, he actually is in real life). Mira Sorvino joins the cast as his wife.
The single-camera show is being written and produced by Gaffigan and Rescue Me creator Peter Tolan. Michael Wimer and Alex Murray join as executive producers, and the show comes from Sony Television in association with Fedora Entertainment.
The news comes almost exactly a year after Mira Sorvino announced she would join the cast of another television show, her first foray into the small screen. Sorvino starred in the CBS drama pilot Trooper, which was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. Though Sorvino had been offered several television roles in the past, she finally selected Trooper, but the project never made it to air.
There seems to be more optimist surrounding the Jim Gaffigan pilot, which is said to be loosely based on the comedian’s life. Deadline reported that the show garnered interest from multiple networks, but CBS won out by issuing a put pilot commitment on the show. This means that unless the network airs at least the pilot of the show on the air, it will be forced to pay a penalty.
Now that Mira Sorvino has been cast in the Jim Gaffigan pilot, the show has the added buzz of becoming Sorvinos first television show to make it to air. And it comes with the added boost of Tolan, who has been behind successful television and film comedies like Analyze This, The Larry Sanders Show, and Home Improvement.