Delay is in the air: First PopWatch gets hung, then the final leg of The Sopranos gets pushed to March 2007, three months after its previously declared debut. Other reports suggest that it’s all a matter of scheduling — something about movie debuts and Rome (back Jan. 7) and The Wire (returning Sept. 10). It all adds up to The Sopranos coming back in March… at the earliest.
Sound fishy? Yeah, I thought so too. Sopranos is a Sunday-night-or-nothing proposition, as far as the programmers (and, probably, David Chase) go. I get that: It’s prime real estate, and they’re not going to cede it. They’d rather wait. Still… I detect the distinct odor of backroom negotiations here. You wouldn’t think HBO would let arcane matters of scheduling get in the way of The Final Episodes of The Greatest Show Ever, would you? Perhaps this is the network’s way of backsassing Chase after years of bending over for him: You’re out, and now that you’re out, we’re no longer building the whole network around you. Or maybe there’s still some holdout going on.
Personally, I can wait. I’m used to it. What I can’t wait for is season 4 of The Wire. It won’t be the same without the late, great Stringer Bell, but c’mon, McNulty walking a beat? That’s going to be great. Bring it, Wire! Flood me with characters! Snow me with plot points! Refuse to condescend! Jersey, schmersey — I’m ready to go back to Bodymore, Murdaland.
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