CBS kicked off its formal pilot season by ordering 'Taxi-22,' a single-camera comedy that had been the passion project of the late James Gandolfini.
'Taxi-22' is based on a hit French Canadian series of the same name and centers on "a misanthropic and politically incorrect NYC cab driver" (in the original, the show was set in Montreal). CBS had bought the project with Gandolfini attached as executive producer back in June, just two weeks before the 'Sopranos' star died while vacationing in Italy.
According to Deadline, the show had gone through multiple "incarnations" with even Gandolfini attached to star at one point. When Gandfolini passed away, Clark Peterson, another executive producer, told Deadline that "I can confirm that the development of 'Taxi-22' will continue, but we’ll always be flying in the missing-man formation."
Peterson was true to his word: Gandolfini’s executive producer spot on the show has remained empty.
'Taxi-22' is CBS' fourth comedy pilot this season, joining the 'How I Met Your Mother' spin-off, 'How I Met Your Dad', as well as 'The McCarthys' and the untitled Jim Gaffigan comedy.