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Sopranos won't be back until 2006?

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Guest JMT

this sucks.

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Sopranos' season 6 due in '06, not before

Published July 27, 2004

Editor's note: Each summer, Tom Jicha reports from Hollywood on the networks' plans for the fall.

A simple reminder has developed for whenever you are wondering when The Sopranos will appear again: Season 6 in '06.

It will be at least a year and a half and possibly more than two years before the mob drama returns for what is being billed as its farewell season, HBO Chairman Chris Albrecht told TV writers. "As early in '06 as makes sense," Albrecht said.

The call is entirely Sopranos creator David Chase's. "He's in France [on vacation] and he's not coming back for a while," Albrecht said. Chase isn't the only reason for the delay. "Everybody else had some projects they wanted to do."

Albrecht likened the gap to another phenomenon. "It's like the Harry Potter book. You'll wait for the sequel and be very happy to get it."

The HBO boss tried to mitigate whatever disappointment Sopranos fans might feel at the long break with the possibility that Chase could come through with more than the 10 episodes he has promised. Asked if there is an outside chance at additional episodes, Albrecht was more than hopeful: "It's an inside chance."

There is even hope, although this would be a long shot, that Chase might not call it quits after the sixth season. "This past season was going to be the last," Albrecht said. "We said, `It doesn't have to be unless you think it is.' He got into it and arrived at the place where he said, `There's more things I can say about these people in these situations.' We said, `Great.' He told us there's probably 10 episodes.' So rather than say there will be 13 and cut back to 10, we said 10. But I have said to David, if you're making the audience wait a while, it would be great for you to do as many as you thought you could with the same quality that everyone has come to expect of you. He hasn't said no. With David, that's always a good sign."

As for the series going beyond a sixth season, Albrecht tempered his wishful thinking. "Until the last episode of The Sopranos airs, I'm hopeful that he'll find a way to tell more stories."

That would be worth any wait.

Copyright © 2004, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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Guest swirlundergrounder

That's fine. I just dumped my HBO today for a while...

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