You're off the hook, Members Only Guy. Show creator David Chase finally revealed that titular character Tony Soprano ( James Gandolfini ) lived through the controversial and intentionally open-ended 2007 Sopranos series finale, according to a lengthy piece published Wednesday on Vox. Chase begrudgingly revealed the truth over coffee, several years into his professional relationship with site's writer Martha P. Nochimson. Read More... http://www.thewrap.com/tony-soprano-david-chase-hbo-james-gandolfini/
Dads are pretty great, right? (Right.) Your dad is probably the coolest person you know! TV dads are a totally different deal, though. They run the gamut from the platonic ideal to the complete nightmare. In honor of Father's Day, SideReel's taking a moment to honor iconic TV dads, from the sublime (Uncle Phil) to the terrifying (Tony Soprano). Check out our list and then thank your lucky stars Tobias Fünke wasn't your role model. King of the Hill : Hank Hill King of the Hill was probably the most naturalistic cartoon ever to grace the screen, and Hank Hill was its standard-bearer. As head of the household, he strove to be unambiguously normal, despite Bobby and Peggy's needs to stand out. His own father, Cotton, was everything he couldn't stand (profane, misogynistic, racist, and... well... shinless), and so, though he never quite understood Bobby, he always, always supported him—except when it came to Dog Dancing . That was every man for himself. Friday Night Lights : Eric Taylor As James Poniewozik, Time 's television critic, once wrote , Kyle Chandler's portrayal of Coach Eric Taylor was "the How to Be a God Damn Man seminar." And really, it was. Though understated, Coach is fiercely loyal to his family (yes, even awful Julie), and also serves as a surrogate father to what seems like half of the football players in Dillon. He handles every obstacle with aplomb, and has already taken his place among the pantheon of perfect TV dads. Arrested Development : Tobias Fünke And then there's Tobias Fünke. Both flamboyant and repressed, his self-absorbed whims are a perfect fit for the bizarre antics of his in-laws. He veers between forgetting he has a daughter and yearning for her respect—and in trying to achieve it uses means so totally repulsive, he only manages to drive her further away. Luckily for Maeby, raising oneself is probably better than being raised by a Never-Nude. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air : Uncle Phil There is a generation out there (and I know it, because it's mine) that wanted nothing more than to be Will Smith in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air —and it had nothing to do with being able to perform the theme song. No, it was all thanks to Uncle Phil, the only real father-figure Will ever had, and the man who comforted him when he was rejected by his biological father. Tough yet fair, Uncle Phil knew when to indulge his family and when to tighten the reins, and, judging by the reactions to actor James Avery's death, Phil was inspirational in his approach to parenting. Seinfeld : Morty Seinfeld Come on, the man owns a shirt that says "Number 1 Dad." So much of the time when talking about fathers on Seinfeld , we focus on Frank Costanza, but Barney Martin's Morty Seinfeld was a terrific addition to the ensemble in his own right. As vain and spite-driven as his son, he had dreams of political dominance (in the rarefied world of Miami old-person condo associations) and saw such a strong legacy in his invention of the beltless trenchcoat ("The Executive") that he derailed a chartered trip to Paris. Besides, his devotion to the Early Bird special rivals that of his devotion to his son, so we'd be remiss if we didn't mention him. The Cosby Show : Cliff Huxtable Cliff Huxtable was probably the defining TV dad (and pudding pitchman) of the 1980s. His perfect, sweetly funny, be-sweatered family was the envy of America, and, per TV Guide , "single-handedly revived the sitcom genre." In the days of very-special-episode comedy, Cliff Huxtable was king of his fictional castle, and Bill Cosby was the king of the medium. The Sopranos : Tony Soprano Premiering at the very tail-end of the '90s (seriously, it premiered January '99), The Sopranos launched the anti-hero-driven dramas of the 2000s, and Tony Soprano, effortlessly played by James Gandolfini, was the anti-hero of our time. Patriarch of the Sopranos and the DiMeo organization, Tony's life in both was complicated enough to spawn the brilliant first season tagline "If one family doesn't kill him, the other will." Fringe : Walter Bishop Dr. Walter Bishop: actual genius, criminal genius, lover of hallucinogens, and father to two universes' worth of Peter Bishop. This is a man who crossed dimensional barriers to rescue his double's dying boy in order to save himself from despair. This act of fatherly love would be the catalyst for gruesome trans-universal crimes against humanity, a dimensional war, and a pretty damn bleak future, but he never regrets saving his son. Besides, all that LSD he ingested probably took the sting out of it. Leah E. Friedman is the editor of SideReel.com. Her dad taught her everything she knows. You can follow her musings on Twitter .
All six seasons of the HBO drama will be released in November, with more than five hours of bonus features. Read More... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/dZiepj-qyXE/story01.htm
Breaking the Habit You can feel the first pangs of withdrawal starting. After all, you've had a relationship with Breaking Bad for 5 years, and now they just expect you to quit cold turkey? Don't they know that's not how the meth critically-acclaimed cable drama game goes? Turns out that's exactly how it goes. Sure, there's that Better Call Saul spinoff happening, but it's just not the same, so before you go all Trainspotting , we've put together a list of suggestions of shows that will ease the harsh comedown . They're all excellent dramas and any one of them should bind to the correct receptors in your brain — and think of all the time you'll have now on Sundays to devote to them! Turns out quitting has its perks. Luther S1E1 : Episode 1 If there's one thing Walter White could always do on Breaking Bad , it was compartmentalize. Detective Chief Inspector John Luther (portrayed by the always-brilliant Idris Elba) is not quite as able. His work not only comes home with him, it consumes him. Unable to arrest Alice Morgan, a genius-level psychotic, for the murder of her parents, he ends up drawn to her in an intimate way, consumed by his quest to put logic to sociopathy. Rescue Me S1E1 : Guts Talk about an antihero. Dennis Leary's Tommy Gavin, a veteran New York City fireman and 9/11 survivor, is a self-destructive alcoholic with anger management issues. Not only that, but all of Gavin's friends and family are problem-laden as he is, which, over the course of 7 seasons, leads to a lot of heartbreak, violence, and despair. Sounds like a really fun time, I know, but Rescue Me was far from a run-of-the-mill cable drama — it was the first show that truly took the post-Giuliani New York ethos to its logical (if extreme) conclusion. Sons of Anarchy S1E1 : Pilot It's not all sunshine and daisies in Charming. This (fictional) Northern California town is home to the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, a tortured — and occasionally torturous — motorcycle gang that really, truly tries to live by a moral code. Keeping drugs out of your town = good; using violence and intimidation to do so = effective, albeit maybe-kind-of-sort-of unethical? Sons of Anarchy is practically a Greek tragedy in scope, so don't get too attached to anyone. The Fall S1E1 : Episode 1 Like Luther above, The Fall is a British import in which a devoted cop tries to get inside the head of PURE EVIL. You might think I'm joking, but in this case, the serial killer has reached Buffalo Bill levels of depravity while playing the devoted husband and father at home. Gillian Anderson trots out her British accent (which she comes by honestly, having spent part of her childhood in England) as a detective who sees herself in the murdered young, professional women. Boardwalk Empire S1E1 : Pilot It's always a nice thing when character actors get a chance to star, and the cast of Boardwalk Empire , HBO 's visually arresting Prohibition-set drama, is made up entirely of character actors. Taking a look at gang activity and political corruption in 1920s and '30s Atlantic City, New Jersey, this Steve Buscemi vehicle doesn't skimp on the sex, violence, and all-around crazy evilness that comes with prolonged exposure to the Jersey Shore.* Homeland S1E1 : Pilot All is fair in love and war... and psychiatric disorders and brainwashing and terrorism, according to Showtime 's Homeland , an adaptation of the Israeli series Prisoners of War . Claire Danes' CIA agent Carrie Matheson is on a mission to prove that the recently returned POW Nicholas Brody has been turned by the terrorist group that captured him. Complicating this is her battle with bipolar disorder, and the fact that, uh, [Spoiler Alert] she bangs him. Basically, everyone on this show could be the unreliable narrator of a Dostoevsky novel, and it's pretty damn glorious. Homicide: Life on the Street S1E1 : Gone for Goode Alone on this list in both provenenance (an American broadcast TV drama) and age (it debuted in 1993), Baltimore-set Homicide: Life on the Street was the precursor to The Wire . Following the personal and professional lives of the detectives of the Baltimore Police Department's Homicide Division and featuring a brilliant ensemble cast, the series was one of the first to really take a look at the complex motivations that drive street crime in a large, decaying city, and frankly, every subtly layered, morally muddled crime drama owes this forerunner a huge debt. The Sopranos S1E1 : The Sopranos This mob drama (set in North Jersey, of course*), one of the defining shows of the 2000s, started out with crime boss Tony Soprano (the late James Gandolfini) in therapy to deal with panic issues related to, well, being in the mafia. The 7-season run showed the tribulations of both of Tony's families, and was arguably the first television drama to accurately display classic existentialist angst — a trait exemplified by its polarizing series finale. *I would apologize for the Jersey jokes, but I grew up there, so I'm entitled. Now, if you've seen ALL of these, then please, take a break (and maybe get a drink) and go watch some comedies . For real. Leah E. Friedman is the editor of SideReel.com. You can follow her musings on Twitter .
HBO is making all six seasons of the James Gandolfini mob drama "The Sopranos" available for one month each, in consecutive order, through HBO On Demand. Season 1 landed on the platform Monday, and will be available through the end of July, followed by Season 2 in August, and so on. Read More... http://www.thewrap.com/music/tv/article/sopranos-full-seasons-be-made-available-hbo-demand-100736
James Gandolfini died Wednesday at age 51, of a possible heart attack, an HBO rep confirmed to TheWrap . Gandolfini played many memorable characters on TV and in film, but arguably no role is more memorable than his portrayal of the iconic Tony Soprano, the patriarch of HBO's "The Sopranos." read more Read More... http://www.thewrap.com/media/tv/article/james-gandolfini-death-tony-sopranos-10-best-clips-videos-98521
After playing mobster Christopher Moltisanti on The Sopranos for six seasons, Michael Imperioli has been in his fair share of TV fights. But what will happen when he goes up against Dwight Schrute ( Rainn Wilson )?! Fans will find out when the Emmy winner guest-stars on The Office this spring as... http://www.tvguide.com/News/Office-Michael-Imperioli-1061306.aspx?rss=breakingnews
Veteran actor Tony Lip has died at the age of 82. The star, who was best known for his portrayal of mob kingpin Carmine Lupertazzi in hit TV show The Sopranos, passed away in a hospital in Teanec... http://www.starpulse.com/news/index.php/2013/01/07/sopranos_star_tony_lip_dies_aged_82_?ref_src=news_rss
A former Soprano is coming to ABC. In an early 2012 episode of freshman sitcom Last Man Standing , Jamie-Lynn Sigler will guest star as... http://www.tvguide.com/News/Last-Man-Standing-Jamie-Lynn-Sigler-1040829.aspx?rss=breakingnews
Bite-sized pieces of TV news for your afternoon/early evening enjoyment:- "Nurse Jackie" star Edie Falco and her former "Sopranos" sister-in-law, Aida Turturro, will work together again on the Showtime series this season. Turturro will only appear in one "Jackie" episode, but it's a "pivotal" role. The show has also cast Oscar winner Joel Grey as a patient suffering from dementia. [Showtime]Former "24" good/bad/good guy Carlos Bernard has taken a recurring part on TNT's reboot of "Dallas." He's set to play a Venezuelan businessman who has dealings with J.R. (Larry Hagman). [Vulture]In other TNT casting news, Jane Seymour, Peter Weller and Beau Bridges will all guest on the coming season of "Franklin & Bash." Seymour will play Bash's (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) hippie mom in an episode, while Bridges will reprise his role as Franklin's (Breckin Meyer) estranged dad in another. Weller will guest in the same episode as Bridges as an aging rock star. [TNT]Former "Lost" writer... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/11/nurse-jackie-hosts-another-sopranos-reunion-24-star-carlos-bernard-heads-to-dallas.html