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Tony Soprano Lives! [Updated]

That’s the delayed but still startling news from The Sopranos creator David Chase.*

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Film and media critic Martha Nochimson caught Chase off-guard recently during a coffee shop conversation. Though the creator of the HBO TV series did not offer any details, he did confirm to her that the final episode’s infamous fade-to-black did not mean to suggest that Tony would go on to soon die. The writer’s immediate reaction:

Fine. Tony’s not dead. But what do we do with this bald fact? And isn’t Chase’s flat response exactly the point? The mere answer doesn’t really go anywhere unless we consider it as a part of the larger context of The Sopranos, and as a part of the much bigger story of Chase’s art…

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Writers Guild Names The Sopranos The Best Written TV Show Ever

The Writers Guild of America has named The Sopranos — horrible last episode and all — the best written television show ever. In a list ranking 101 shows, the HBO series was followed up by Seinfeld (should have been number one!), The Twilight Zone and All in The Family.

The rankings were determined by online votes from Writers Guild members, who must need to re-watch Seinfeld. Are you picking up how mad we are that Seinfeld didn’t get the top spot? Because we could go on.

Here’s the list’s top 10:

1) The Sopranos
2) Seinfeld
3) The Twilight Zone
4) All in the Family
5) M*A*S*H
6) The Mary Tyler Moore Show
7) Mad Men
8) Cheers
9) The Wire
10) The West Wing

Notice anything missing?

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James Gandolfini Goes To Iraq

0813gandolfini.jpgPost-Sopranos, James Gandolfini‘s next project is a documentary for HBO on the Iraq War. Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq is debuting on Sunday, September 9 on the pay cable channel. The film features exec producer Gandolfini interviewing numerous disabled veterans… From the press release:

“In a war that has left more than 25,000 wounded, Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq looks at a new generation of veterans. Executive Producer James Gandolfini interviews ten Soldiers and Marines who reveal their feelings on their future, their severe disabilities and their devotion to America. The documentary surveys the physical and emotional cost of war through memories of their “alive day,” the day they narrowly escaped death in Iraq.”

Preview clips are available at HBO’s website.

— Neal Ungerleider

In The Trades: Dolls, Idols,

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HBO and American Girl have made a deal to develop films, series, specials and documentaries, based on the American Girl dolls. Better idea would be dolls based on HBO products: G-String Divas, The Sopranos or Sex and the City.


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and Ken Warwick, eps of American Idol, will produce the Emmys. Look for a special call-in segment where America choses someone to do something.

Max Mutchnick, creator of Will and Grace, revisits his own life for a CBS pilot about a straight guy and his gay writing partner. Will and Grace was totally different as it was based on his sister’s life. Maybe he’ll try something Animal Planet next.

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Marc Cherry plans to spend his twilight years ABC windfall writing musicals. He signed with the network for 4 more years at a deal rumored to exceed $15 million. No Housewives: The Musical is planned, but wait til the cash runs out.

Brian Lowry exposes the secret behind Oprah’s success–daytime talk is for stupid people–as he analyzes her show featuring psychics.

TV Guide Channel ordered a new reality series from Magical Elves–America’s Next Producer. Prizes include $100k in cash, an office in Hollywood, and a first-look deal with the network–where half the progamming is a crawl. YouTube gets better numbers.