CBS pilot Taxi-22 has rounded out its cast. Joining star John Leguizamo as regulars in the single-camera comedy project that had been shepherded by the late James Gandolfini are Chris Smith (Paranormal Activity 3), CBS’ We Are Men), Lenny Venito (The Neighbors) and Sahr Ngaujah (Last Resort). Smith will play Bobby’s (Leguizamo) son, Venito will play Dean, Bobby’s boss at the Yellow Cab Garage and Ngaujah is Valentine, a Nigerian cab driver who shares a taxi as well as a love hate relationship with Bobby (Leguizamo) at Yellow Cab.
Also set for the CBS TV Studios-produced pilot in guest starring/recurring roles are Jennifer Esposito (Blue Bloods), Rebecca Creskoff (Hung) and F. Murray Abraham (Homeland). This marks a return to CBS and CBS TV Studios for Esposito two years after her headline-grabbing exit from their drama series Blue Bloods. She just signed on as a new lead on the ABC summer series Mistresses.
Shooting on the pilot, based on a Canadian format, begins shortly. Dennis Erdman and Clark Peterson executive produce along with the original series’ creator/star, Patrick Huard, François Flamand, Nancy Sanders and Mark Armstrong. Gandolfini is getting a posthumous exec producer credit on the pilot and potential first season of the series. Leguizamo co-executive produces alongside Jeff Golenberg and Sam Maydew. Smith is with Principato Young.