070308thesopranos2.jpgSince the end of The Sopranos, actor Michael Imperioli has kept busy running his Off Broadway theater Studio Dante and working on his directorial debut, an indie feature called The Hungry Ghosts, which he also wrote. Now he’ll be joining the cast of ABC sci-fi detective series Life on Mars, which is adapted from a BBC show of the same name. Despite rumors of ABC pulling the plug, production has been moved to New York from L.A., with Imperioli playing Detective Ray Carling, a cop mysteriously transplanted from the present into 1972. The series is scheduled to premiere this fall.