Bravo to take 'Taxicab' ride to syndie land


Bravo has hailed "Taxicab Confessions," the latest HBO series to find a cable home in the syndication market.

The NBC Universal-owned cable channel is acquiring nine episodes of "Taxicab," a racy, unscripted, hidden-camera series in which real-life taxi passengers share the skeletons in their closet with the drivers. Bravo is dispatching the episodes in late-night blocks beginning Friday, including a New Year's Eve marathon.

" 'Taxicab Confessions' was groundbreaking as one of the original reality series," said Frances Berwick, executive vp programming and production at Bravo. "This award-winning show was raw, moving and shocking while at the same time poignant in its portrayal of urban lifestyles."

HBO began airing episodes of the series in 1995. "Taxicab" will be edited for basic-cable consumption, a Bravo spokeswoman said.

HBO has been unloading a steady stream of its programming to other cable channels in syndication, including such top hits as "The Sopranos," which starts next month on A&E, as well as "Sex and the City" (TBS) and "The Wire" (BET). Bravo has acquired HBO fare before, launching "Six Feet Under" this year.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.