Nellie Andreeva

A month after the release of Jim Gaffigan‘s first book, Dad Is Fat, its publisher, Crown Archetype, has signed the comedian for a second book. I hear Gaffigan’s deal with the imprint of the Crown Publishing Group at Random House is in the seven-figure range. The untitled followup will be a collection of essays about one of Gaffigan’s favorite topics: food. It will be published in 2014. Dad Is Fat debuted at #5 on the New York Times bestseller’s list and has nearly 115,000 hardcover copies in print.

CAA/Brillstein Entertainment Partners-repped Gaffigan, currently on a 50-city national tour, toplined a comedy pilot for CBS he co-created with Peter Tolan this past season. The project missed the cut in May but remains alive, with the network and producing studio Sony TV discussing ways to retool it.

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