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Eight More Hits for Sopranos

By Joel Meyer Broadcasting & Cable


HBO announced Thursday it will produce eight additional episodes of The Sopranos that will air in January 2007.


The mob drama is currently shooting 12 episodes for its upcoming sixth season, which will debut in March 2006.


"When something is as remarkable as The Sopranos, our audience would like to see it continue as long as possible,†said Chris Albrecht, HBO Chairman and CEO, “so we are thrilled that David Chase felt there are more stories to be told."


The cast's contract negotiations for additional episodes could be an issue. In 2003, star James Gandolfini battled with the network over a deal for the fifth season. HBO does not publicly discuss specific contracts, but a spokesman said HBO is confident that the cast will be comfortable finishing the full 20 episodes.


In May, series creator David Chase hinted to a crowd at a Newhouse School of Public Communications event that more Sopranos might be in the works.


Chase said that he could extend the show without having to alter the sixth season, which had already been charted.
 

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Considering how bad the last two seasons were, and that Its been a year or more since I last saw a new episode, I don't think I'll be going back to HBO.
 

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I was certainly hoping for some closure. This pretty much guarantees we won't get it.
How do you figure?
 

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I wouldn't be surprised if the series didn't have a typical series ending closure type episode. I bet that Warner Brothers will want to move it to the big screen at some point.
 

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zap2it's Sopranos story:
'Sopranos' Adds Extra Episodes, Then That's It


By Rick Porter zap2it.com


The long-running saga of "The Sopranos" -- not only the show itself, but also the endless speculation on how much longer it will last -- may finally have an ending.


HBO announced Thursday (Aug. 11) that in addition to the 12 episodes for the Emmy-winning show's sixth season next year, creator David Chase and Co. would produce eight "bonus episodes" to air in 2007.


But that's it. A network representative tells Zap2it.com that the series will end with the last of those eight extra installments.


Of course, fans of the show have heard that before. A couple years ago, season five was pegged as the last one for the series. Then it was the coming season -- until earlier this year, when Chase left the door open for a potential seventh year.


"We are obviously delighted that we will be able to extend 'The Sopranos' series beyond its slated 12 episodes," HBO Chairman and CEO Chris Albrecht says. "When something is as remarkable as 'The Sopranos,' our audience would like to see it continue as long as possible, so we are thrilled that David Chase felt there are more stories to be told."


The eight added episodes can't quite be called a seventh season, as the cast and crew will continue in production after finishing season six. "Sex and the City" followed a similar pattern in its final year, airing 12 episodes in the summer of 2003 and returning for its final run in early 2004.


The sixth season of the show picks up about two years after the death of Adriana (Drea de Matteo) and the FBI raid on Johnny Sack's (Vincent Curatola) house that nearly ensnared Tony (James Gandolfini) -- mirroring the time it's been off the air. It's scheduled to premiere in March 2006, with season 6.5 following in January 2007.
 

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Tony Soprano and Crew Will Return for '07 Season


By BILL CARTER The New York Times August 12, 2005


In a deal that will extend the run of the most successful series in the history of cable television for another year, HBO announced yesterday that "The Sopranos" will not end with its next season starting in March, but will continue with an additional eight episodes starting in January 2007.


The drama about a New Jersey mob family has won more Emmy awards than any other show on cable TV and has frequently drawn audiences larger than programs competing against it on broadcast networks, even though HBO is available in only about a third as many homes.


Chris Albrecht, chairman of HBO, said yesterday that the network had been talking with David Chase, the creator of "The Sopranos," for several months about his plans for the coming season.


"Seasons for 'The Sopranos' have always been organic," Mr. Albrecht said.


Indeed, unlike conventional broadcast network series, there have been no set intervals between the production cycles of "The Sopranos" and they have started at several different times of the year.


Mr. Albrecht said Mr. Chase had at one time indicated that he was coming to the end of his creative ideas and would produce only about 10 more episodes and then sign off on the series.


"But David was just really reinvigorated by the reception the show got last year," Mr. Albrecht said.


Brad Grey, the new Paramount chief, who retained his title of executive producer on "The Sopranos," said that Mr. Chase, when he got into the storytelling for the coming season, decided it was still so rich it could be continued, a decision Mr. Grey said that was endorsed by everyone involved in the production.


"For the people on the show, this has been the greatest creative experience of everyone's life. Why wouldn't you want that to continue?" Mr. Grey said.


For HBO, the business incentives were equally great. The series has been the most popular program the pay cable channel has generated.


Now HBO will get the opportunity to add 20 episodes of "The Sopranos" instead of the 12 that had been planned. Mr. Albrecht said that HBO did virtually the same thing with its second-most successful series, "Sex and the City." That comedy had an eight-episode final run a year after its last full season was completed.


And as "Sex and the City" did, "The Sopranos" will shoot all its remaining episodes in one production cycle, holding over the last eight for what HBO is calling a "bonus season." The break between the end of May 2006, when the 12-episode run ends, and January 2007, when the final eight episodes will be begin being broadcast, will be by far the shortest break between cycles of "The Sopranos" in the show's history. Mr. Albrecht said that short break was crucial to Mr. Chase.


Beyond the advantages HBO will get out of having two cycles instead of one (the channel, like the broadcast networks, tries to package "The Sopranos" with new series it would like to build audiences for), keeping the show in continuous production now means that for technical and contractual purposes it will remain the show's sixth season. That is relevant because the show's actors signed contracts that committed them to the series for six seasons.


Mr. Grey said another advantage of staying in production for 20 episodes is "everybody will stay in the same rhythm."


Asked if this was truly an announcement that signaled the series would indeed produce a finale to the Soprano family saga, Mr. Albrecht hedged just a bit. "I'll know it's the final episode if David shoots a final episode," Mr. Albrecht said.
 

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Mob ties: Another 'Sopranos' season
Series stretcher as HBO searches for a new hit

By Toni Fitzgerald medialifemagazine.com


HBO has been struggling to come up with a hit show after “The Sopranos.†It has yet to do so, but yesterday it was able to buy a bit more time, at least another year.


The pay-cable network announced that there will be eight bonus episodes of the mob epic tacked onto the sixth and what was long presumed to be the hit series' last season.


The eight added episodes will air in 2007.


There had been speculation for months that HBO would extend its biggest hit’s run, especially after new shows such as “The Comeback†and “Carnivale†flopped and people began to question HBO’s reputation for top-quality TV.


The “Sopranos’†sixth season will premiere in March 2006 with 12 episodes. The eight bonus episodes will debut in January 2007, though the network is not calling it a new season as such.


HBO employed a similar strategy for the final season of “Sex and the City,†running 12 episodes of season six in the summer of 2003 and then returning with eight more in January 2004.


The move gives HBO more time to figure out a post-“Sopranos†programming strategy, which will no doubt include premiering as many shows as possible out of the mob drama to take advantage of its big audience.


HBO has not launched a successful new show independent of “Sopranos†or “Sex†in years. It canceled drama “Carnivale†after two seasons, and Lisa Kudrow’s much-derided post-“Friends†show “The Comeback,†which debuted earlier this summer, seems like a goner.


Though critical favorite “Entourage†has been renewed, its viewership is off from its first season. “Deadwood’s†numbers were down by about a third without a “Sopranos†lead-in. And “Six Feet Under†ends its five-season run this month.


With eight more episodes of “Sopranos,†HBO gets a bit of breathing room. The drama averaged nearly 10 million viewers last season, more than triple any of HBO's current shows’ average. The fifth-season finale of “Sopranos†aired in June 2004, drawing 11 million viewers.


“Sopranos†creator David Chase had said for years that he would end the series when he felt he had run out of fresh ideas, and for a long time it looked as though the 12 episodes set to air next year would be the last. But in recent months Chase has hinted that he might extend the series after all, and speculation has increased over recent weeks, leading up to yesterday's announcement.


Extra episodes will mean extra money for HBO, which earlier this year sold syndication rights to the show to A&E. With a price tag of $2.55 million per episode, it became the most expensive per-episode show to ever enter syndication.


Few details about the new season have slipped out, though one gossip column reported earlier this year that there will be a wedding. Chase killed speculation about a “Sopranos†movie earlier this year, saying he’d wrap up his storylines during season six.
 

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I predict that the last episode will have all of the crew in a group hug inching their way toward the Kleenex box like the Mary Tyler Moore show ending.


Even bad Sopranos is better than 99% of whats out there. Bring it on!!!
 
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