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Anyone here watch this? If so, as you may know the new season doesn't start until 2006 :( but this Saturday and Sunday night at 9:00 right before Empire Falls premieres they are going to show exclusive previews of the new season of the Sopranos. :D

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Facts & Figures: Everything You Need to Know About The Sopranos

  • Other titles considered for the show were Red Sauce, Family Guy and Made in New Jersey.

Lorraine Bracco, who plays therapist Dr. Jennifer Melfi, was originally considered for the role of Tony Soprano's wife, Carmela. Bracco didn't want to do it, because she had already portrayed a mob wife in GoodFellas.

Bracco was once involved in a romantic triangle with Edward James Olmos and her husband, Harvey Keitel. She divorced Keitel, and the two fought bitterly for custody of their daughter. The legal costs forced Bracco to file for bankruptcy.

Tony Sirico, who plays Paulie "Walnuts" Gaultieri, spent five years in prison. He has 28 arrests on his rap sheet, including some for armed robbery. He saw a traveling theater group made up of ex-cons and decided he'd rather play a mobster than be one.

Steve Van Zandt, who played guitar with Bruce Springsteen, auditioned for the role of Tony Soprano but ended up playing Silvio Dante, owner of the Bada Bing! Club.

Dominic Chianese, who plays "Uncle Junior" Soprano, also played Johnny Ola in The Godfather Part II.

Producers considered recasting Jamie-Lynn Sigler's character after she showed up to work on the first season unnaturally skinny. Instead, Sigler sought counseling for her anorexia and retained the part of Meadow Soprano.

The Sopranos costs about $2 million per episode, one of the most expensive shows on television.

James Gandolfini was voted best-looking by his senior high school class.

The first season of The Sopranos earned 16 Emmy nominations, more than any other show. It won for casting, writing and editing. And Edie Falco won for Best Actress in a Drama Series.

The show's second season earned 18 Emmy nominations. Only James Gandolfini won for Best Actor in a Drama Series. Year three earned a whopping 22 nominations, with four victories. Falco and Gandolfini won again, plus the show won awards for writing and makeup.

The show inspired a series of adult films called The Sopornos.

HBO got 695,000 new subscriptions after the second season of The Sopranos premiered.

Jamie-Lynn Sigler contracted Lyme disease and became paralyzed from the waist down, but she later recovered.

After matriarch Nancy Marchand died, the show's creators used unedited footage to insert her into a few scenes so that her character could have closure.

Jamie-Lynn Sigler once helped a woman in a neighboring hotel room escape from a man who was later prosecuted for sexual assault.

The show has come under fire from a number of Italian-American groups, who say it depicts all Italians in an unfavorable light. One group in Chicago went so far as to file suit against the show, claiming it violated Illinois' constitution, which prohibits using the public airwaves to defame a person or ethnicity. The case was dismissed.

Police arrested Robert Iler, who plays A.J. Soprano Jr., on suspicion of mugging a couple of teenagers in New York. Iler was charged with second-degree robbery and possession of marijuana. He reached a plea bargain with prosecutors; he pleaded guilty to marijuana possession and petty larceny and received three years' probation.

Between seasons three and four, the show took a 16-month break to deal with cast ailments and rewrites necessitated by the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

The September 15, 2002, debut of the fourth season drew 13.4 million viewers, the first time a premium cable show bested all the network shows.

Michael Imperioli plays Christopher Moltisanti, who once shot a guy in the foot on the show. In GoodFellas, Imperioli played a guy who got shot in the foot.

In 2003, James Gandolfini and HBO sued each other. He wanted $16 million or $20 million for the season--they wanted to pay him less. In the end, the two sides settled, and filming resumed.

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'Sopranos' Won't Squeal About Season Six

By Rick Porter

Saturday, January 14, 2006 10:07 AM PT


To ask someone involved with "The Sopranos" what lies ahead for the show is to come face to face with omerta, the notorious mob vow of silence.

Members of the Television Critics Association experienced it again Friday (Jan. 13), when "Sopranos" creator David Chase and several of the show's stars appeared before them to discuss the show's sixth and final season, which begins Sunday, March 12. Twelve episodes will air this spring, and the final eight are scheduled to roll out in January 2007.

To start, Chase was asked what he could say about the coming season. To which he answered, "Give me a specific you want to know about."

How about the tone of the show? Which characters are at the forefront?

"These are very hard questions to answer. I mean, that's a pretty good indication of what it's like," he says, referring to a preview clip that had just played. "The characters are emphasized, I guess. Obviously, it's always Tony and Carmela -- Anthony Jr., Paulie has a lot to do, Christopher, Vito."

Eventually, Chase allows that there's a sense of people feeling "disquieted, sort of rattled," due in large part to the fact that Johnny Sack (Vincent Curatola) is facing a RICO trial. The show will pick up roughly two years after Johnny's arrest, which ended season five -- mirroring the time it's been off the air. The last original episode aired in June 2004.

"People have the chance to see a possible, potential future for themselves in [Johnny's trial], and it has a ripple effect just like I think, psychologically, it would," Chase says.

The cast wasn't terribly forthcoming about the coming episodes either, but they did reflect a little on what "The Sopranos" has meant to them. James Gandolfini, who's won three Emmys playing Tony, calls it "an incredible life lesson."

"It teaches you about a lot of different things of what's important," Gandolfini says. "And playing these characters -- I mean, some days you have to -- you're in Long Island City and it's 2 in the morning and you're staring at your wall again, sometimes you need to see [the finished product] and go, 'Wow, I remember what we're doing.'

"You have to keep fueling that. When I see the shows, I smile. I go, 'Yeah, okay. This is pretty funny, this is some good stuff.' And you need that and that's what I need sometimes to remember. It's been a great ride in a lot of different ways."

Speculation about just how long "The Sopranos" would last has swirled for some time. Chase first said the show would last four seasons. That then became five, with Chase figuring "everybody will have had it" after that. In the summer of 2003, Chase decided he had enough material for a sixth season, consisting of 10 episodes.

Those 10 eventually became 13, and 13 became 20. Chase explains that "there was just too much story worked out" to fit into 10 episodes, and he later realized that 13 wouldn't be enough either.

"I could see that things that I thought would be in the 13 were getting squeezed out of the story process already," Chase says. "There were whole storylines that I had always wanted to do which we were never getting time to do. ...

"In other words, there was a last season contemplated with a beginning, middle and an end. And we just weren't -- it wasn't fitting in the time we had."

And as to what that ending is? Fuhgeddaboutit.

"I don't know," says Edie Falco. "We don't know," adds Lorraine Bracco.

"I don't know what it is," says Gandolfini, "and I don't want to know."

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Can't Remember Who Whacked Whom?

By LIA MILLER, The New York Times

(Feb. 21) -- Longtime viewers of HBO's "The Sopranos" know there are many places in New Jersey to dump a body. And in one of the first marketing efforts to use Google's map technology, HBO would like to show you exactly where those are.

To promote their upcoming season of "The Sopranos," HBO, a division of Time Warner, and Deep Focus, an online marketing agency, have created an interactive map of New Jersey, using satellite maps from Google, and have highlighted important points of the most recent season's storyline. The map has about 15 icons in specific areas where scenes took place. When the user clicks on an icon, the scene plays in a pop-up window, which also supplies a description and a list of characters.

When Season 6 starts on March 12, it will be almost two years since the last time "The Sopranos" was on the air, an unusually long stretch for a television series. Courtney Monroe, the senior vice president of advertising at HBO, said the channel had been looking for a way to help viewers catch up. "We acknowledge that it has been a long time, and this is a very innovative and interactive way to do it."

Ian Schafer, the founder and chief executive of Deep Focus, said Google gave permission to use its satellite maps, which have detailed satellite imagery of the earth, without charge. The map will be available at hbo.com beginning next Monday.

"The idea here is that it's going to be cool enough that people will want to share the experience with their friends," he said.

Seth Godin, an author and speaker on marketing, called HBO's interactive map a perfect example of a way to get online users excited about a TV show. "The real home run, and the reason this isn't just a silly stunt, is that ideas no longer spread directly from mainstream media to individuals, there's a middleman now and that middleman is word of mouth."

Mr. Schafer said the concept of the campaign also mirrored aspects of "The Sopranos," which he hoped would add to the appeal. "The visual concept is, in a way, a surveillance of everything that has happened in Season 5. We are extending that paranoia into the application itself. And it puts it also into a context of reality."

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Courtesy of: HBO, THE SOPRANOS


9 pm Sunday, March 12


Prepare for the new season with our new behind-the-scenes feature Sopranos Maps

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All in the HBO Families

The Sopranos roars back, while Big Love redefines domestic drama


The Sopranos

Here's what you want to know: Was it worth the wait? Was it ever!

The Sopranos (Sundays, 9 pm/ET, HBO) already breaks every rule in the TV book, with its intoxicating blend of family intrigue, psychological character study, dark humor and raw violence. So why shouldn

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Just wanted to remind any Soprano's fans out there... season premiere tonight!!! :D

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Just wanted to remind any Soprano's fans out there... season premiere tonight!!! :D

I know - I can't wait!!!!!! It's been way to long!

By the way, to celebrate the new season let me ask - what's your favorite Soprano's line? Mine was from the first season, when they where having a family party and Carmella announced that Tony's mom wasn't going to make it and a twelve year old AJ blurted, "Great! No F**king ziti!"

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Here's some of my favorites:

Tony dismissing the maid: "Go find some dust."

After Tony says to Uncle Junior to take his medicine cause it will help with his memory. Uncle Junior says, "Believe me, there's plenty I'd like to forget." Tony responds, "you and me both."

"I promise ya I'll think of something."-Chris, after JT Dylan says, you know me, what could you possibly do to me that hasnt already been done

Christopha: "...Like he's infallable, fuckin' Pope Tony the 23rd or some shit."

Tony: "On the other hand, she's right. ....Not that I'd ever tell her that."

Tony: "This thing is a pyramid, since Time Immemorial... Shit runs downhill, Money goes Up. It's that simple."

Carm: You're not gonna believe this... Your sister's here.

Tony: Barbara?

Carm: Nope. ~ Janice.

Tony: You're shittin' me.

Carm: Nope.

Tony: I wonder what the scam is this time? ...Whatever it is, I'm gonna be five grand lighter before she rain dances back to the commune...."

Tony to Carm: And we all know you would have been satisfied with a Hyundai and a simple gold heart on a chain.

Janice:"Hey, shades of Starving Students ~~Santa Monica, Summer of '78~~~"

Tony: "You were a mover? How many jobs you had in your life?"

Janice: "Enough to know I don't want another one."

David Scatino: Tony, I'm sorry. I'm sorry! I'm just having some bad luck!

Tony: It just got worse.

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After nearly two years with no new Sopranos episodes, we knew a big surprise was coming, and I give HBO credit for keeping it under wraps. I have to admit, I didn't think anything was going to happen to Tony; my guess was that Christopher was going to buy it (and I'm still not convinced he's going to stay healthy for long). So yes, I was surprised. But I'm afraid this is the weekend of being disappointed by my favorite shows (Exhibit B: my Galactica write-up, below).

See, here's why this is a no-win situation. The big question of this season is going to be Tony's ultimate fate. They've made us like him on many levels, but this is, at its heart, a Shakespearean story. Now, as we all know, Shakespeare's anti-heroes didn't usually do very well by the end of the tale, and I assume Tony won't, either. But that's the end, and we're just starting the season here. So either way I'm going to be annoyed. If he actually dies from Junior plugging him (which we know he won't), the show's ruined. No question. And if he doesn't? David Chase and company started the season with an unnecessary cliffhanger: Everybody's already primed to watch The Sopranos, which remains one of the best shows on TV. So I feel gimmick-smacked by a series that needs to use one less than any other. That said, of course, it's not a really big deal. Still love the show, the writing and the acting. Damned glad to have it back. Just don't do this kind of thing too often, huh?

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OK the beginning was kind of blah, but it got a lot better as the show went on. The guy that hung himself was supposed to have appeared in like 27 episodes or something.. I really don't ever remember seeing him.

I can't wait for more.. The next episode they won't have to make up as much ground in reminding us what has happened before so it should really get moving soon. Whoooooooo hoooooooooooo!

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The Sopranos

OK, whacking fans, could you guys be any happier with the start of this week's episode? A mere minute into the hour and we've got a knee to the groin, a knife to the chest and shooting

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Question: Seriously, you seem to answer the same questions about the same shows all the time. What about giving us something on The Sopranos?

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Now here's a week when the whacking fans and the character-development fans can all play nice and agree. (Somebody has to, for crying out loud; God knows no one else is on this show.) For here we have an hour that's a fair mix of the stomach-turning violence the whackers love so, plus the more meditative stuff we characters guys like. Representing the former, we have the garbage-hauling thugs beating that poor driver to death in front of his son, and Paulie putting together his own one-man show as he tosses his ma/aunt's TV out the window, smashes Jason's knee and kicks him in the lower back for good measure. Oy.

But being a happy part of the latter group, I'll spend a little more time on the character stuff. We're off to a rollicking start, with Tony asking the prayer people what happens if the same folks protesting birth control start going after Viagra. (An aside: Tony and Carmela might want to read up on the prayer-healing thing.) Then there's Hal Holbrook trying to explain quantum physics to a roomful of gangsters and rappers, and Tony trying to explain to Christopher how if the Empire State Building were the age of the earth, humanity's only been around long enough to be a postage stamp at the top. "Do you realize how insignificant that makes us?" Tony asks. "I don't feel that way," Christopher solemnly replies. Christopher also laid claim to the laugh-out-loud line of the night when presented with the born-again theory that earth is only 6,000 years old, dinosaurs were around when humans were, and evolution is Satan's plan to deny God: "No way. T-Rex in the Garden of Eden? Adam and Eve would be running all the time, scared s--tless. But the Bible says it was paradise." Who can argue with that? But Tony may well be a little bit born-again himself, though not in the way the Evangelicals would have it. Oh, and one more thing. Judging by what befell Jason, woe to whoever else has a loving mother Paulie knows about. Alright, another thing. Anyone who talks to Bobby for more than two seconds and still believes him when he says he's an expert marksman deserves to be shot in the ass.

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OK anyone else think that Paulie Walnuts is heading for some big trouble? He's been playing both sides w/ Johnny Sack and Tony.

I also really love how Carmella is playing a more active role in Tony's business. She used to just pretend not to notice things..now she's warning him about Vito.

This could get verra verra interestin'!!

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April 9, 2006: Mr. and Mrs. John Sacrimoni Request...

You know, it's tough to feel truly sorry for Johnny Sack for being able to step out of jail for only six hours to attend his daughter's wedding. Feeling sorry isn't in his arsenal, after all. But it does stink to have to make it through a wedding

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by Michael Peck

May 7, 2006: The Ride

Ah, young love, as Christopher, learning he's to be a dad, quickly becomes a husband. Kelli, the bride-to-be, tells him she loves him, unaware of how poorly it worked out for the last girl who said that. Lots of interesting stuff coming up this week, though, despite it being Vito-free. Tony and Christopher stealing from the bikers (not to mention Christopher shooting one of them) just has to come back to bite them somewhere down the line. And if that doesn't come back, I'm betting Christopher's return to drinking and shooting up will. (You don't think that drunken "I love you, man" scene was anything but foreshadowing, do you?)

And Paulie being cursed for cutting corners on the feast? He had a tough time this week (and nice ending scene with him going to his mom for comfort, by the way), but he's not the only one looking down the barrel of some serious doom. You think Carmela's suspicions about Adriana are going away anytime soon? About as quickly as Chris' relapse, I'm thinking. And is anyone really that surprised that Paulie's a cheapskate? Take a look at his clock radio, which belongs in the Smithsonian, for how far into his life that trait extends.

As for the line of the week, we have a strong contender in Christopher referencing "stately Wayne Manor" when looking at his dream house, but it was completely outclassed by Tony upbraiding Paulie with his "Heckuva job, Brownie" jab. Love that.

Posted by Michael Peck 05/8/2006 1:43 AM |

April 30, 2006: Johnny Cakes

A bit of a mixed bag this week, but given how good this season's been, that's still not a bad thing. A classic moment when Patsy tried to explain to the corporate-coffee-chain manager why he needs to pay protection money, and the kid explained that he can't do it because the chain can easily absorb whatever damage is done to the place, and every penny and coffee bean's accounted for anyway. "It's over for the little guy," Patsy said, disgusted. Uh, yeah.

But I'm not buying the real-estate-agent thing with Tony, and it's not the fault of Julianna Margulies, who did a perfectly fine job. I know we were supposed to see that Tony can have a conscience after all (despite his tossing her violently off him, as if it were something she did wrong), but it just felt a little too quick and extraneous to me. Not so with A.J. trying to carve up Junior and his subsequent moment with Tony, which ended with him vomiting. (Couldn't help but chuckle, though, thinking, "No, he said grow up!") And the fact that the kid has panic attacks? Nice touch, too. (Anyone catch what A.J. was watching, by the way? The brilliant Aqua Teen Hunger Force.)

Got a bad feeling about the Vito situation, too. At this point, I'm just hoping that whatever terrible thing befalls him, even if it's self-inflicted, he's the only one who suffers. I suspect he's going to take someone down with him who doesn't deserve it.

Good ending, though, with Patsy asking what the f--- is happening to the neighborhood. As if you don't know.

Posted by Michael Peck 05/1/2006 1:52 AM

April 23, 2006: Luxury Lounge

The laughs! The pain! Does any other show continue to dole out both in equal amounts, yet make the balance work? Not every Sopranos episode can be all one big climax (what, they're gonna shoot Tony every week?), but it's these yeoman eps, which set up developments for future big stuff, that can yield all sorts of small delights. (And no, when I say "delight," I don't mean watching Artie pound Benny's face in, or Benny force Artie's hand into a pot of bubbling sauce.) But watching Christopher call Ben Kingsley "Kingsley" and pressure him to set him up with some free swag, or seeing Lauren Bacall be enough of a good sport to stage a punch-to-the-face scene at her age? Few series pull it off so well. Two laugh-out-loud moments: Chris asking Sir Ben (yeah, the guy deserves formality in this column) if he saw the "f---ing brutal" Saw, and Christopher handing Ms. Bacall's (yeah, she gets it, too) swag to Tony, explaining the bag's for a pocket dog, like Tony would have any use for such a thing or such a dog.

Whole lot of discomfort this week, though, and not just from the aforementioned sauce scalding. Pretty much every scene Artie was in brought rounds of cringing, but none more than when Tony stepped into the kitchen to try to pass along some advice and tactfully tell him to stop chatting up the customers (which Charmaine had already failed to get through to him on). And never mind the confrontation with Martina, or Artie making the extremely ill-advised Martina joke to Benny in front of Benny's wife and parents. And ground was laid for next week's discomfort, with Phil going off about Vito, and for longer-range bad developments, with Chris doing toot and booze again and playing the Adriana card one too many times. Am I the only one who watches entire episodes of this show with butterflies in my stomach, yet keeps coming back for more? I'm betting no.

Posted by Michael Peck 04/24/2006 2:08 AM

April 16, 2006: Live Free or Die

OK, whacking fans, I'll admit I've been a little tough on you guys out there, but here we go again: Best episode of the season (hell, it even had the best episode title) so far, and it didn't have so much as a fistfight, never mind somebody getting killed. I won't go nearly so far as to say poor Vito, since there's nary a regular in the crew who doesn't have some serious bad credit, karma-wise, and thus deserves little sympathy. The darkly comic angle, of course, is that the guy's going to die, either by his own hand or by his former friends', for the one thing he didn't do wrong. So he's gay. I would throw in the overused "not that there's anything wrong with that" if I weren't too proud. But he is in a line of work where you can't afford to be. At least, you can't afford to get caught.

Week to week, we get a fascinating look at the hypocrisy of the Sopranos characters' approach to right and wrong

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Yeah, they are really going to have to step it up to bring all the loose ends together next year. I'll still be sad to see it go, and I did like parts of it this year, it's just that it kind of ended w/out leaving us hanging like it normally does. Although, we are kind of up in the air about Phil wanting to kill one of the NJ crew. I wonder if Tony's visit to his bedside stopped that in its tracks or if the others still want an eye for an eye. I'm thinking Christopher is the obvious target.
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