Sixth season reportedly likely for ''Sopranos'' -- The briefly in-jeopardy HBO smash may come back for two more seasons

By Brian Hiatt
Updated March 18, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST

The ”Sopranos” goodwill that helped return James Gandolfini return to the negotiating table may be spreading. Show creator David Chase is now leaning towards not one, but two more seasons of the show, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The upcoming fifth season — which nearly didn’t happen, thanks to a since-dropped lawsuit filed by Gandolfini — had been expected to cap off the show.

A sixth season is far from definite, however. Variety reports that as negotiations for Gandolfini’s salary hike proceed (he’s expected to get around $13 million for the new season), Chase is planning the fifth season, including a two-hour finale that could mark the end of the series. In any case, Gandolfini and the rest of the cast will begin production on the fifth season on March 31, one week later than expected, according to USA Today. Does this mean Gandolfini has forgiven the anonymous HBO exec who called him a ”greedy pig”?

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