CBS‘ single-camera comedy pilot Taxi-22 is being put on hold because of problems casting the lead. The project, which had been shepherded by the late James Gandolfini, is a one-lead show, with the casting of the central character considered crucial to its success. CBS brass liked the script and gave the pilot the best shot possible by giving it an early pickup in mid-January. (Taxi-22 was actually the first CBS pilot to be greenlighted this season aside from the How I Met Your Mother spinoff). In the end, after a slew of offers, the role couldn’t be cast on time for next fall but CBS plans to keep at it, rolling the pilot to the next development cycle. An adaptation of the hit French Canadian single-camera comedy created by and starring top Canadian comedian Patrick Huard, Taxi-22 is about a misanthropic and politically incorrect NYC cab driver in the vein of Archie Bunker. It had been a passion project for Gandolfini, who first developed it at HBO where he at one point was loosely attached to play the lead. The CBS version was written by Tad Quill, who is executive producing with Dennis Erdman and Clark Peterson, Huard, his producing partner François Flamand, as well as Gandolfini’s managers Nancy Sanders and Mark Armstrong. CBS TV Studios is producing.
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