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James Gandolfini May Return to HBO

by Scott Harris, posted May 6th 2010 11:30AM
James Gandolfini and HBO. For eight years, it was perhaps the most important marriage in television, as Gandolfini powered 'The Sopranos' to the pinnacle of pop culture, a status that also elevated the network to new heights. So when 'The Sopranos' finally went off the air in 2007, many wondered if such a perfect union would be seen again.

Well, wonder no more: According to Variety, Gandolfini is currently developing a new series for HBO. Titled 'Taxi 22,' the series, which is based on the French Canadian show 'Taxi 0-22,' follows the life of a "politically incorrect cab driver in New York City." Gandolfini is executive producing the project as well.
The script is being written by 'Desperate Housewives' and 'Will & Grace' scribe Dave Flebotte.

Shows about taxi drivers, of course, have a long and illustrious history on television, with the classic sitcom 'Taxi' only the most obvious example. 'Hack,' about a vigilante cab driver who helped his fares solve personal issues, ran for two seasons on CBS, while 'Cash Cab' brings a new twist by staging a game show inside a moving, operating New York City cab. And HBO itself is no stranger to the world of taxis, having broken ground with their reality show 'Taxicab Confessions,' which featured riders spilling the beans about their lives and problems to hidden cameras.

Just what kind of spin Gandolfini and 'Taxi 22' will put on the genre remains to be seen, although the involvement of Flebotte, who also wrote for the sitcom 'Ellen,' suggests it will have a lighter tone than 'The Sopranos.' Whatever angle Gandolfini and HBO come up with though, we're confident it will be interesting at the very least.

After all, they have the track record to prove it.

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empirefin

Gandolfini is a piece of dog squeeze.

May 22 2010 at 12:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Juliette

I hope he bombs! To characterize all Italians like Soprano's and now he will characterize all Cab drivers his way, is disgusting and unfair. We have no recourse but not to watch! Do Not
Watch !

May 08 2010 at 1:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Isabelle Carreau

I live in Quebec City so could watch "Taxi 0-22," the original French-Canadian series, if I wanted to/had time. I haven't watch an entire episode of "Taxi 0-22" but I've watched a good number of clips over the past seasons. The series is quite popular here, especially since it stars one of our most popular stand-up comic/actor.

The lead role of the cab drive is quite interesting and entertaining as he has an opinion on anything and everything and tells his clients about it! He doesn't have much censor either. What's also fun is that sometimes stars take his cab so he comments on them ;)

May 08 2010 at 1:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
woggie

He is probably rude because he is an actor/human who does not want to be bugged when he is out buying Advil.

May 08 2010 at 12:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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butcher

none of your biz said:
"He is probably rude because he is an actor/human who does not want to be bugged when he is out buying Advil"

The very people he is being "rude" to are the same people that made him all his money and fame. I guess you think everyone should go/see/rent/buy and build up someones fame and fortune, and the actor gets a pass for being an ass to everyone. When you choose to become famous, its the price of fame. I guess he should just spit at the person because Im better than all you non-hollywood types.

May 08 2010 at 1:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gabrielle

Can't wait to see James Gandolfini again, whether it be as a cab driver or in any other project he chooses. Arguably one of the best actors around.

May 08 2010 at 12:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chad

Hey doc , ,looking online for a woman like this is SO tacky "Gee wonder why you cant find someone" Your an idiot! On the topic were talking about here,I think if whatever they do ends up like the sopranos,why bother that was the worst ending ever!

May 08 2010 at 11:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Wish Belkin

Having spent twenty years in the taxi business, I can tell you that politically incorrect taxi drivers risk being shot these days.

May 08 2010 at 11:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kat

James Gandolfini, Dave Flebotte, and HBO... I see a winner here.

May 08 2010 at 10:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MIchael Mc Manus

He was great as Tony Soprano. All his other acting roles stink I am sure this will be another flop.
He is also very rude to people. He lives in west Jersey and when he is approached in stores and places, he usually ignores people.

May 08 2010 at 10:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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jbjb911

that is because his head is swollen that happens to alot of jerseyans that move up the ladder

May 08 2010 at 3:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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