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Why CBS Is Holding Off on a High-Profile Comedy Series THR

CBS has decided to push back the schedule for an upcoming comedy series, and the reason is a familiar one during this busy pilot season. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the network has pushed the adaptation of the French-Canadian series “Taxi-22” to next season after running into trouble casting the lead role.

“CBS has a high bar for the project and is committed to finding the right cast. The network will continue to pursue the comedy for the 2015-16 development season,” the piece reports.

The project was shepherded early on by the late James Gandolfini, who was attached to executive produce the project and who had first developed it at HBO. CBS bought the project two weeks before the actor died.

The project, about a grumpy and politically incorrect cab driver in New York City, is written by Tad Quill of “Scrubs,” who was hired after Gandolfini’s death.

The project is the third pilot to be pushed out of this pilot season, following NBC”s “The Money Pit” and “Fifth Wheel,” the story notes.

“With more than 90 broadcast pilots competing alongside projects from cable and streaming services including Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, the depleted talent pool has made casting that much more challenging this season, prompting the uptick in pushed projects,” the piece reports.

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