Comedian Jim Gaffigan is returning to TV. FX has announced that the actor and popular stand-up performer will star in its critically acclaimed TV-adaptation of Fargo. Gaffigan will play the brother of Ewan McGregor’s character who will inevitably get wrapped up in some sort of gritty, flyover country criminal activity.
The casting represents Gaffigan’s return to primetime after he announced that the team behind his TV Land sitcom, The Jim Gaffigan Show, would be pulling the plug so the star and his wife Jeannie Gaffigan (who was a major creative force on the series), could spend more time with their kids. They explained, “The time commitment to make the quality of show we wanted was taking us away from our most important project, our five children.” In the announcement, Gaffigan also said he was “excited to move forward with other creative pursuits.”
Considering he’ll just be starring in Fargo—not writing, creating and producing every episode together with Jeannie—this will probably be the kind of project that won’t be as “ exhilarating and exhausting” as his last one.