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Sopranos Delayed

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  1. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    Gandolfini injured; 'Sopranos' delayed
    Series' final episodes now likely to start in March

    Thursday, July 13, 2006; Posted: 2:35 p.m. EDT (18:35 GMT)


    James Gandolfini requires knee surgery, which is pushing back the final "Sopranos" episodes.
    Get Knee Surgery Within Weeks
    PASADENA, California (AP) -- Fans of "The Sopranos" will have to wait a bit longer for the mob drama's final chapter.

    Because of "unexpected" knee surgery for series star James Gandolfini, the concluding episodes that were expected to begin in January will be delayed about two months, HBO Chairman Chris Albrecht said.

    The surgery alone would have pushed the season start back just a few weeks, but that would have put "The Sopranos" up against the football playoffs and the Super Bowl, Albrecht told a television critics' gathering Wednesday.

    A specific air date for the Sunday-night series has yet to be determined but it's likely to be in early March 2007, he said.

    A call to HBO about Gandolfini's surgery was not immediately returned Thursday. The actor, who plays mob boss Tony Soprano, was in a traffic accident in New York recently. A collision with a taxi knocked him off his scooter but he reportedly was able to walk away.

    Albrecht joked Wednesday how much mayhem the last eight episodes from series creator David Chase could contain.

    "I know you're all hoping that people die," he told the Television Critics Association, noting some have complained "that not enough people are dying and getting whacked in the show."

    He promised the audience won't be disappointed in the conclusion.

    "I know the story lines for the final eight, and I am absolutely positively certain that when the curtain comes down on 'Sopranos,' the vast, vast, vast majority of people will say it's one of the great things of all time."

    Viewers of the HBO series have been a patient lot. When "The Sopranos" returned last March, it was after a hiatus that was just three months shy of two years.

    Albrecht denied that ratings fell for the just-concluded season, saying "the reverse is actually true."

    "When you take into account the cumulative audience, not just from all the plays (repeat airings), but from HBO on Demand, there were more people watching last season than the season before," he said.

    Albrecht also said that HBO will be offering debuts of its original series on HBO on Demand six days before they air on the HBO channel.

    Copyright 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  2. calico

    calico Active Member

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    :lmao2:


    I am not laughing at Gandolfini, but at HBO and Albrect...what a riot.

    They based their whole damn network on the SOPRANOS and now ENTOURAGE.

    They screw shows like DEADWOOD while they drop to their knees to fellate everything SOPRANOS even as the show limps to the finish line, a shell of its former self.

    I can only imagine how Albrect reacted to that phone call. He probably sold his Benz to pay for $80,000 sheets for Gandolfini's recovery bed...

    [/bitterness]


    Okay, now I am laughing and Gandolfini...fat guy on a scooter

    :lmao2:
  3. Danny White

    Danny White Winter is Coming

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    The series, as a whole, has been one of the best things on television... but they shouldn't fool themselves because that last season absolutely blew chunks. If they end the series anything like the last 10 episodes, it's going to seriously tarnish the whole project.

    Hopefully they can pull things together and end it right. That way, I can just omit this past season from my collection and pretend like it never happened.
  4. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Agreed...we wait all those years between seasons and they gave us that offereing. Really a Let down.

    So far Deadwood this season has blown away the Sopranos last season.

    Too bad they are cancelling deadwood.
  5. Danny White

    Danny White Winter is Coming

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    I'm no prude :p: but I have a tough time watching a whole Deadwood episode. The language is just so relentless.

    I like crassness as much as the next guy, and I don't generally get repulsed by profanity, but it's just so over the top in Deadwood.

    Maybe I'm getting old, or maybe it's because I have kids (not that I'd ever watch ANY HBO show with the kids around).
  6. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    I haven't noticed the language being any worse than the other HBO shows. Even though the first season I used to keep a count on the number of times the CS word was used. :D
  7. calico

    calico Active Member

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    I am so used to the language in Deadwood now that I hardly even notice.
  8. TruBlueCowboy

    TruBlueCowboy New Member

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    I prepare myself for a three year wait between Sopranos seasons just so I don't set myself up for disappointment. *sigh* Never seen a show take so freaking long to make.

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