More family fun: Schirripa does Nick pic


"The Sopranos" co-star Steven Schirripa has signed a development deal with Nickelodeon for an original TV movie based on his book "Nicky Deuce: Welcome to the Family."

The book, which Schirripa wrote with Charles Fleming, centers on a suburban teen who unexpectedly is shipped off to Brooklyn to live temporarily with his grandmother Tutti, who tries to fatten him up with Italian cooking, and Uncle Frankie, who might be a gangster.

It's understood that Brooklyn native Schirripa will executive produce and also is expected to play the uncle. Frank Lombardi is on board to write the screenplay.

Schirripa, who served as entertainment director at the Riviera in Las Vegas before taking on acting as a full-time job, is best known for his role as mobster Bobby "Bacala" Baccalieri on HBO's "Sopranos." Other TV credits include hosting Spike TV's "Casino Cinema" and serving as a regular correspondent on NBC's "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."

In addition to "Family" and its sequel, "Nicky Deuce: Home for the Holidays," Schirripa and Fleming also are the writers of the "Goomba" book series.

Schirripa is represented by APA's Matt Ochacher and attorney Roger Haber.