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James Gandolfini returning to series television at HBO

Former Sopranos costars Edie Falco and James Gandolfini

Former Sopranos costars Edie Falco and James Gandolfini attend the premiere of "Boardwalk Empire" at the Ziegfeld Theater in Manhattan. (Sept. 15, 2010) (Credit: Getty)

James Gandolfini, certainly one of the iconic actors in the history of the medium, is returning to HBO to shoot a pilot within the next month or so in New York City — entitled "Criminal Justice," an adaptation of Peter Moffat's British series of the same name (see video below.)

HBO has confirmed a Deadline report from this morning, and while the deal is a pilot order only, there's about zero chance it will not move forward to series — Richard Price is attached as is Steven Zaillian, a star screenwriter who wrote (and won an Oscar for) "Schindler's List."  Gandolfini will play this sort of rumpled —  yes, I suppose the specter of "Columbo" should be summoned at this point — lawyer who will represent a (perhaps) wrongfully accused perp thrown into the justice system.

Among other actors attached, this one: Poorna Jagannathan. You know here from "Royal Pains." The Moffat series aired in '08 so this adaptation will obviously be updated. A couple of clips below: Moffat talking about the series' genesis; and the original series trailer . . .

Tags: james gandolfini , criminal justice , peter moffatt , steven zaillian , richard price

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