James Gandolfini may find himself at the wheel of his first TV series since "The Sopranos." HBO said Gandolfini is an executive producer of "Taxi 22," a project early in development that could serve as a starring vehicle for the actor, best known as New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano.
"Taxi 22" is described as a half-hour comedy centering on a politically incorrect New York City cab driver who is struggling to keep his life together. It is based on the popular Canadian TV series "Taxi 0-22."
Sounds like a perfect role, and I might re-enlist with HBO if they do this. (I quit them after “Rome” and “Deadwood,” and “Carnivale” were all cancelled before their tales played out.) But this is a sign the 70s are well and truly upon us again: the character sounds like a modern version of Archie Bunker. If there's a screechy wife and a meathead in-law, no thanks. Unless there's Bea Arthur. That might work. It might work if Gandolfini plays a taxi driver who's also a Bea Arthur impersonator.
If only the show began with “Don’t Stop Believing” on the cab’s radio, eh?