Friday, July 14, 2006

Managing Soprano Expectations

Well, it was obviously going to happen someday, right? James Gandolfini was knocked off his scooter by a taxi, and needs knee surgery. The final episodes of the Sopranos are thus delayed until March, 2007:

Gandolfini knee surgery delays 'Sopranos'
Updated 7/13/2006 11:28 PM ET

PASADENA, Calif. (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.

You're better off expecting it in 2009, and anything earlier will be a pleasant surprise.

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