Michael Imperioli joins ABC drama pilot

'Sopranos' alum to star in '187 Detroit'

Michael Imperioli has dialed "187 Detroit," signing on for the lead in ABC's drama pilot.

The project offers a real but humorous look at Detroit's top homicide division as seen through the cameras of a fictitious documentary crew.

"The Sopranos" alum Imperioli will play Fitch, a smart, tough-minded veteran detective with a short fuse who has a near-perfect record for clearing cases and putting murderers in cages.

The pilot brings Imperioli back to ABC, where he played another testy detective on the period drama series "Life on Mars."

Imperioli earned five Emmy nominations and scored a win in 2004 for his signature role as tormented mobster Christopher Moltisanti on HBO's "The Sopranos."