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Old 03-13-2003, 06:45 AM   #1
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Is this the end for The Sopranos?

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LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) --- The legal battle between HBO and "Sopranos" star James Gandolfini has extended to the set of the Emmy-winning series.

The cable network has postponed the start of production on the mob drama's fifth season indefinitely, pending the resolution of the breach-of-contract lawsuit filed last week by Gandolfini in Los Angeles Superior Court (HR 3/12). The show had been set to resume production March 24 at New York's Silvercup Studios.

HBO sent out letters on Wednesday to "Sopranos" cast and crew members notifying them that the production start date has been postponed because of the lawsuit and a $100 million countersuit filed by HBO on Tuesday. A skeleton crew of production staffers had already started preproduction work on the show. Those staffers and other crew members who work on a week-to-week basis were told that they would not be needed next week.

An HBO spokeswoman confirmed that the letters regarding the production postponement had been sent but declined to elaborate. Gandolfini's lawyer, Martin Singer, could not be reached for comment late Wednesday. Gandolfini reps declined comment.

The rancor between Gandolfini and HBO erupted late last week after weeks of tense negotiations regarding a salary increase for the Emmy-winning actor for the show's upcoming fifth season. Sources close to the actor said HBO executives called an end to the negotiations last week after making a take-it-or-leave-it offer to Gandolfini, but that scenario was strongly disputed by other sources close to the show.

Gandolfini was reportedly seeking a salary boost to just over $1 million an episode from his current $400,000 per-episode fee. Gandolfini's camp has stressed that the actor is underpaid compared to other TV stars because HBO shows produce 13 episodes per season instead of 22-24 for most broadcast network dramas, nor have the actors shared in the windfall that HBO has reaped from DVD sales of the series.

Gandolfini's lawsuit claims that HBO breached his contract by not giving him sufficient notice in 2001 that the network intended to pick up his option for a fifth season on the show, a claim HBO has denied in its countersuit. On Tuesday, Gandolfini attorney Singer said the actor was waiting for some documents from HBO regarding the timing of the fifth season pickup before deciding whether he would return to work March 24.

But HBO attorney Bert Fields said Tuesday that HBO would require a written assurance from Gandolfini that he recognized the validity of the existing contract before allowing him to return work on the show.

Also on Wednesday, Gandolfini's lawyers filed a challenge against Judge John Segal, who was assigned to the case last week, citing concerns that Segal might be prejudiced against the actor's attorneys. Observers familiar with the legal process in civil suits said that such challenges were common and that the case would likely be reassigned.



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daisy your thread is being googlized

I friggin LOVE the sopranos. Even though I have not seen season 4 yet (I dont have HBO, waiting for DVD) I really hope they will keep taping. Sopranos is like to me.
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I figured as much...I thought it was odd that some 500 people looked at it, but didn't respond
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hi, strangers.

I've never seen the Sopranos.
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Holy smokes, that's alot of people reading our notes, right? Uh,
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I hope not....

I'm not over Sex and the City
being cancelled!!!

I need to at least have the Sopranos!!
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Well why don't we have some Sorprano discussion for our visitors.

I always thought James Gandolfini would eventually leave.

And I hoped the charater of his nephew, Christopher could take over. Of course they could add other characters to round out the cast. Much like when Caruso left NYPD Blue.
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I can take Sopranos or leave it.

But don't even THINK about messin' with Six Feet Under, the only thing worth watching on TV right now.











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James cant leave

But I wouldnt object if they wanted to go on without him

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Christopher should so take over...except he needs a better wardrobe first.
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I have to admit I'm really not into the Sopranos as you guys are BUT my brother LOVES it!! He makes me buy the DVD for him for his birthday. He would shit bricks if he new that they might cancel. Oh well, I guess time will tell if the Sopranos stay or go bye-bye!!!
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I've never seen it.
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I had never seen it either until my sis suggested I rent the videos.

Of course being Italian makes it all the more cool to watch
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