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'Sopranos' Veteran Joins Showtime Series Deadline

One of the main members of Tony Soprano’s gang on HBO’s hit drama “The Sopranos” is headed to Showtime for a comedic role. Deadline.com reports that Michael Imperioli, who played Christopher Moltisanti on “Sopranos,” has joined “Californication.”

Imperioli will take on a major recurring role in the series’ upcoming seventh season, the story reports.

“He will portray Rick Rath, a successful old-school television producer who will play a key role in Hank’s (David Duchovny) latest venture,” Deadline reports.

“Californication” is gearing up for a 12-episode season, with production beginning this month and the seventh-season premiere set for 2014.

“Imperioli, who co-stars in thriller ‘The Call’ opposite Halle Berry, will next be seen in the ‘Oldboy’ remake, reuniting with director Spike Lee,” the report notes. “In addition to ‘Sopranos,’ which earned him an Emmy, Imperioli’s major series stints include ‘Law & Order,’ ‘Life on Mars’ and ‘Detroit 187,’ playing a detective on all of them.”

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