Gandolfini Back in ‘Criminal’ Business for HBO

James Gandolfini earlier this month at the "Zero Dark Thirty" premiere (Photo: AP)

Former “Sopranos” patriarch James Gandolfini is back in business with HBO, but it was a close call.

The channel had recently passed on producing Gandolfini’s upcoming drama series Criminal Justice, but reversed course on Monday and ordered seven hourlong episodes of the show, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The project will see seven episodes in a limited run from HBO, and is based on an adaptation of Peter Moffat’s 2008 BBC crime series about the legal process for a person on trial for murder. Gandolfini will play Jack Stone, a “downtrodden jailhouse attorney who frequents police stations for clients.”

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