'Taxi' drivers: U.S. is ready for new Bunker mentality


Producers Dennis Erdman and Clark Peterson have acquired TV format rights to the hit French-Canadian comedy series "Taxi 0-22."

The two will be shopping an American version of the series, which centers on Rogatien Dubois, an outspoken and politically incorrect taxi driver. A modern-day Archie Bunker type, Dubois wrestles with his many prejudices and the fact that his 20-year-old son is gay.

"The comedy and humanity in this universal character should truly resonate with an American audience," Peterson said.

The original series was created by and stars French-Canadian comedy star Patrick Huard. The show airs on leading Quebec broadcaster TVA network and draws more than a million viewers in the market of 6 million French-speaking Canadians, with the Dubois character quickly becoming part of popular culture.

Since forming Erdman/ Peterson Prods. last year to pursue TV projects, CAA-repped Erdman and Peterson have set up the half-hour comedy "We Need Girlfriends," based on the Web series, at CBS and a drama at Showtime. (partialdiff)