'Sopranos' Star Signs New Deal With Touchstone

Drea de Matteo has successfully made the transition from “The Sopranos” to a sitcom with NBC’s “Joey.” Now, one of her former co-stars is looking to do the same thing.

Steven R. Schirripa, who plays Bobby “Bacala” Baccalieri on “The Sopranos,” has signed a talent deal with Touchstone TV, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The studio wants to adapt his book “A Goomba’s Guide to Life” as a sitcom and is searching for a writer to team with Schirripa.

“A Goomba’s Guide to Life” is a humorous discourse on some of the cliches foisted on Italian-Americans, including the types of characters Schirripa has often played in his career. It also tells some of his life story, in which he was entertainment director at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas and a sometime actor before landing his “Sopranos” role.

Schirripa isn’t entirely a stranger to comedy. He’s logged guest appearances on several sitcoms, including “The King of Queens,” “My Wife and Kids” and “George Lopez,” and his movie credits include the comedies “Joe Dirt” and “Play It to the Bone.”

“The Sopranos” is scheduled to return to HBO for its final season in 2006.

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