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10 Best TV Shows of All Time

'The Sopranos' takes the No. 1 spot

(Newser) - Getting people to agree on the greatest TV show of all time is about as futile as trying to sway people to your side in a political argument on Facebook. Undaunted, Rolling Stone adds its thoughts to the mix with what it calls its "definitive ranking of the game-changing... More »

David Chase: Tony Soprano May Be Dead After All; or Not

It's a 'spiritual question,' so stop looking for a yes or no, he says

(Newser) - Well, Sopranos fans, it may have seemed like you learned that Tony Soprano survived the finale, given that series creator David Chase told Vox as much in an interview. But things are way more complicated than that. Here is a statement from Chase's publicist in the wake of all... More »

Sopranos Creator: Tony Didn't Die

David Chase finally answers the question

(Newser) - Sopranos creator David Chase has finally answered the question that fans have debated endlessly since the show's ambiguous finale: Is Tony dead? "No," Chase tells Martha P. Nochimson of Vox . "No, he isn't." Before answering, Nochimson writes that Chase lashed out in "sudden,... More »

(Some) HBO Shows Headed to Amazon Prime

Sorry, no 'Game of Thrones'

(Newser) - Soon, Amazon Prime customers will be able to stream HBO shows—but before you get too excited, be warned that the announcement mostly applies to older programs. Game of Thrones isn't part of the exclusive deal, though seasons of shows like Girls and Veep will appear some three years... More »

Jersey Store Gives Fitting Tribute to Gandolfini

'Reserved' sign goes up at booth where final scene of 'Sopranos' was shot

(Newser) - Amid all the tributes to the late James Gandolfini , a New Jersey ice cream parlor came up with one of the most fitting. The owner of Holsten's in Bloomfield put up a "reserved" sign at the booth where the final scene of The Sopranos was shot, reports the... More »

Eerie GQ Story Explores Gandolfini's Darker Side

Book excerpt reveals time he disappeared from 'Sopranos'

(Newser) - A GQ story that was already on newsstands when James Gandolfini died is rattling: Titled "The Night Tony Soprano Disappeared," it takes a close look at Gandolfini's darker side, from his struggles with drugs and alcohol to his intense, often difficult, and sometimes even self-punishing behavior while... More »

Sopranos' James Gandolfini Dead at 51

He has apparent heart attack in Italy

(Newser) - Sad and surprising news from Italy, where Sopranos' star James Gandolfini died of an apparent heart attack today at age 51, reports TMZ . (Other reports say a stroke.) The actor who brought Tony Soprano to life on HBO for six seasons was in Sicily for a film festival, says... More »

101 Best-Written TV Series Ever

Writers Guild of America releases list

(Newser) - Still reeling from last night's episode of Game of Thrones ? Need to take a break and watch a different, but also well-written, TV show? Then the Writers Guild of America's list of the 101 best-written television series arrives just in the nick of time. Here's the... More »

Mad Men Gets End Date

Creator doesn't see series, now shooting Season 4, lasting past Season 6

(Newser) - Season 4 of Mad Men is still shooting, but its creator already knows when the hit series will end, reports the Weekly Blend blog . It won't go past Season 6, Matthew Weiner said at an industry convention last week. That seems to be a sweet spot for 1-hour dramas, notes... More »

Top Cultural Game-Changers

What will we still be talking about next decade? Britney, for one

(Newser) - The ‘00s were full of important contributions to culture, but which ones will we still be talking about in another decade? Here are some of New York ’s picks:
  • TV: The Sopranos for inventing quality cable, American Idol for changing the music industry, and of course all things
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In a Decade, 'TV Became Art'

The Wire , The Sopranos , Six Feet Under , Mad Men —get the picture?

(Newser) - For television, the past decade has been “as the sixties are to music and the seventies to movies”—some of the worst content ever was produced, but the cream of the crop rose to the level of art, Emily Nussbaum writes. Sure, “you could easily memorialize the... More »

Best TV Series of the '00s

Joss Whedon, Judd Apatow, HBO prominently featured

(Newser) - From the standard (No. 16, Friday Night Lights) to the quirky (No. 29, Wonder Showzen), the long-running (No. 8, Lost) to the canceled-too-soon (No. 4, Freaks and Geeks), The Onion runs down the 30 best shows of the '00s:
  • No. 1, The Wire: This drama “unfolded like a great
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10 Most Addictive Shows Ever

24 takes top honors, followed by Lost , Friends

(Newser) - Jack Bauer doesn't even have to torture you to keep you glued to your couch, reports the Daily Telegraph, scoring nearly a fifth of the votes for most addictive show in a survey of some 3000 couch potatoes. “Although crime doesn't pay, as our list reveals, it most certainly... More »

Journey's 'Don't Stop' an Unlikely Phenom

Song achieves icon status, nearly 30 years later

(Newser) - By songwriting standards, Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” should never have made it past No. 9, which is where it stalled on the charts when it was released in 1981. But since then, the song—which doesn’t get to its anthemic chorus until 3 minutes and... More »

Flea-Ridden Resort to Winehouse: No More Dogs!

Plus, Marilyn Manson grosses us all out some more

(Newser) - Amy Winehouse is bringing fleas to St. Lucia. Her swanky resort quarters had to be fumigated thanks to the “five or six” stray dogs she’s adopted, a source tells the Sun, and management banned her from rescuing any more animals. Elsewhere:
  • The latest in a series of TMI
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Falco Brings Soul to Mean Nurse Jackie

Actress adopted quietly; is more like Nurse Jackie than Carmela

(Newser) - Former Sopranos matriarch Edie Falco is back, and this time her cable series character is closer to the actress herself—a blue-collar woman who shirks appearances and works hard, Newsweek reports. But Falco isn't quite the brassy protagonist in Showtime's Nurse Jackie, either. The Long Island native is a warm,... More »

Sopranos Star Settles Abuse Suit

'Big Pussy' denies whacking ex

(Newser) - Sopranos mobster Vincent Pastore (“Big Pussy”) settled his $5.5 million court battle with his ex-fiance, who accused him of whacking her—on the head, New York Daily News reports. Pastore, who describes his ex as a “gold-digger,” admitted pulling her hair and screaming at her,... More »

Sopranos' Johnny Cakes Commits Suicide

Actor Costelloe played a gay mobster's lover

(Newser) - The actor who played Johnny Cakes on The Sopranos is dead, the New York Post reports. John Costelloe, 47, shot himself in the head in Brooklyn last week, police and friends said. The former firefighter served a brief but pivotal role as the gay lover of a closeted mobster in... More »

Sopranos Actor Beats Murder Rap

(Newser) - Ex-Sopranos actor Lillo Brancato beat a cop-killing rap in New York today but faces up to 15 years for attempted burglary, the New York Daily News reports. A jury decided that Brancato, 32, did try to break into a friend's apartment in a hunt for drugs, but bore no guilt... More »

Sopranos Star Auctioning Mob Duds to Help Vets

Don't fuhgeddaboutit : Sale to aid wounded

(Newser) - Anybody who ever wanted to dress like New Jersey's most famous fictional mobster could soon find an offer they can't refuse, reports E! Online. James Gandolfini is auctioning off 24 costumes he wore as mob boss Tony Soprano—including the blood-spattered ensemble the character wore when he was shot. All... More »

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