ABC has canonized Michael Imperioli.
The “Sopranos” actor will play Francis, the lead role in half-hour comedy pilot “Saint Francis.”
Produced and written by Christopher Moynihan (“Man Up”), the project follows a blue-collar, no-nonsense, Long Island cop and family man, played by Imperioli, who butts heads with the modern, liberal world when his 29-year-old sister gets pregnant out of wedlock.
Ron West and Kelly Kulchak executive produce the multi-camera comedy with Moynihan.
Imperioli played Christopher Moltisanti on HBO’s “The Sopranos” for six seasons. He’ll next appear in a recurring role on the final season of Showtime’s “Californication” in April. His other TV credits include NBC’s “Law & Order,” ABC’s “Detroit 1-8-7” and “Life on Mars.”
ICM, TMT Entertainment Group and Kraditor & Haber represent Imperioli.