HOLLYWOOD — Paul Sorvino and Danny Nucci are set to topline Mafia telepic “Family Doctor” for CBS.
Olympia Dukakis also is on board to star in the made-for, skedded to go before cameras this month in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Eye has tentatively slated an October airdate for pic.
“Family,” inspired by a true story, concerns a Mob boss (Sorvino) who takes a 22-year-old Jersey man (Nucci) under his wing and pays his way through med school in Italy. Upon returning to the States, Nucci’s character finds himself leading a double life: tending to his own practice as well as one for the Mob.
Cast roster also includes Sorvino’s “Goodfellas” co-star Beau Starr, Jonathan Scarfe, Joanne Kelly and Tony Rosato.
Michele Brustin will produce through her shingle Michele Brustin Prods.; she also will executive produce along with pic’s writer John Leekley, who served as an exec producer on “Wolf Lake.” Arnold Brustin and Richard Brams also will exec produce. Alex Chapple (“Queer As Folk”) is directing.
Sorvino, repped by the Gersh Agency and 3 Arts, also has signed on to star in feature “Mambo Italiano” for helmer Emile Gaudreault.
Nucci, repped by Gold/Liedtke and Artists Management Network, recently wrapped the Brit comedy “American Cousins” opposite Dan Hedaya. Thesp also starred earlier this summer in Eye pilot “Lefty.”