Is a new show a blood relation of ''The Sopranos''?
The Sopranos are back. But what about those poor souls without HBO? Now, the cable-impaired can get their dysfunctional fix with The WB’s laugh-track-laden ”Family Affair,” an update of the ’60s comedy, also premiering this week. Despite ”Family”’s saccharine veneer, its characters are strangely similar to the super-serious ”Sopranos” gang. Take a look.
TONY SOPRANO AND UNCLE BILL DAVIS
FAMILIAL ROLE Overworked and overstretched ”businessmen” with self-indulgent streaks and weaknesses for beautiful women.
FAVORITE PASTIMES Bullying opponents, taking care of ”business,” and living large in phat pads (a NYC penthouse for Bill, an ornate New Jersey spread for Tony).
WORDS OF WISDOM Bill: ”A lot of guys don’t care about women in lingerie. That’s just wrong.” Tony: ”Stocks? You gotta be high up to make that s— work for you.”
CARMELA SOPRANO AND GILES FRENCH
FAMILIAL ROLE Unofficial, unappreciated heads of households who lay down the law and are always dressed to the nines.
FAVORITE PASTIMES Sighing, rolling eyes, cooking elaborate meals.
WORDS OF WISDOM Mr. French, at the playground: ”You there! You and your thuggish brother! You are not to forbid others to climb wherever they wish!” Carmela, to motorcycle-loving son AJ: ”If you get on that bike, I will cut your legs off before the bike does.”