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
While Edie Falco says she isn't sure a Sopranos movie is going to happen, she's on board if it is. "I think it's not going to materialize, but stranger things have happened," Falco tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I would definitely be interested in being involved; I'm pretty good at rolling with the punches. I would be fine if it never happened, but I would also love to go back there and see all the people I love again. Who knows? I'm not the one making the decisions and I would jump at the chance to participate." Do you think we need a Sopranos movie? Source here
Need more ideas on what to watch next? Last week, I introduced my new weekly recommendations column with the 10 shows that are on my Watch Wishlist -- the ones I've been meaning to start watching but haven't had the chance (I know, tsk tsk). This week, I'm back with a new set of suggestions for you to consider looking into, and this time I'm in the reminiscing mood! I'm throwin' it back to some shows that are no longer with us (*tear*), but are still totally marathon-worthy (thanks to SideReel!), and have treated me well as some of my all-time favorite shows to watch over and over again. Yes, my list of old favorites definitely makes for an "eclectic" bunch, but that just means that there's bound to be at least one for every kind of TV addict out there! Here's what I think you should start watching this week: 1. Lois and Clark - The New Adventures of Superman Before there was Smallville, there was Lois and Clark. And before there was Alcide Herveaux, I was crushin' on Dean Cain's version of Clark Kent. 2. Boy Meets World What can I say? As a TGIF staple, this show made me feel like I grew up with Cory Matthews. 3. The Sopranos Definitely more character-driven than what some might expect from a show about organized crime, but it's certainly a must-try for any TV maven. 4. Friends No matter how many times I've seen each episode, the punch lines still get me every time, even if I already have them memorized! 5. Seinfeld Who knew that a show about nothing could be so entertaining? 6. Sex and the City Carrie bugs the crap out of me most of the time, and it has some questionable stances on femininity, but you can't help but love watching... even if it's just for the shoes. 7. The O.C. I'm pretty sure I stopped watching after they killed off one of the main characters (er, spoiler alert?), but back in high school, you had to live under a rock if you didn't watch this show! 8. Nip/Tuck It got a little ridiculous towards the end (it's always disheartening to watch a favorite show jump the shark), but the first few seasons were gripping! 9. The X-Files I used to have to beg my mom to let me stay up on Sunday nights to watch this show. If she knew how many nightmares this show gave me (and still does), she definitely wouldn't have let me watch it! 10. Extras Ricky Gervais definitely had the right idea by keeping this series short and sweet to avoid "overstaying his TV welcome" (the American version of The Office probably should have followed this advice like 2 seasons ago, no offense), but sometimes I wish there was more of this kind of comedic genius to come! Got any other off-the-air old favorites worth recommending to fellow SideReelers? Share below in comments!
Michael Imperioli may be heading back to ABC. The Sopranos alum has signed on to play the lead in 187 Detroit, a new drama pilot that offers a real but sometimes humorous look at Detroit's top homicide division through the cameras of a fictitious documentary crew, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Imperioli will play Fitch, a smart, tough veteran detective known for his near-perfect record of closing cases and putting murderers behind bars. Imperioli most recently starred on another ABC cop drama, the short-lived Life on Mars remake. Source Here
Dominic Chianese - who memorably portrayed Uncle Junior on The Sopranos - is heading to Damages, TVGuide.com has confirmed. Chianese will appear in a multi-episode arc as Stuart Zedeck, a man associated with the Tobin family. The actor will first appear in the sixth episode and the Tobin family will play an important role in Patty Hewes' (Glenn Close) next case, according to Entertainment Weekly, which first reported the casting. Craig Bierko of Boston Legal fame will also appear in multiple episodes as a character connected to Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson), EW reported. Damages' third season premieres Jan. 25 at 10/9c. Source Here
Every decade has its landmark TV shows, and there will or should never be complete agreement on which 10 series belong at the top of the list. For purposes of this list, a TV show is eligible only if it premiered in or after 1999. In addition, TV shows were judged on their artistic merit and overall contribution to the medium, not on their ratings or profit margins. 10. MODERN FAMILY * ABC, 2009-present It's a little risky to pick a new show as one of the best of the decade, even after seeing about a dozen episodes. In the case of "Modern Family," the risk is minimized by the track record of its creators, Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd. At a time when most new shows are just finding themselves, this one has been so consistently funny, smartly produced and crisply written that it has all the earmarks of a classic in the making. 9. LOST * ABC, 2004-present Part adventure, part mystery and part sci-fi, "Lost" defies convenient characterization. Supposedly conceived as a blend of "Lord of the Flies," "Survivor," "Gilligan's Island" and "Cast Away," the series developed a unique mythology and an unconventional rhythm that mixed stories of the present with those from the past and future. Creators Jeffrey Lieber, J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof created one of TV's biggest casts, then made each character utterly fascinating. 8. 24 * Fox, 2001-present Robert Cochran and Joel Surnow conceived this series when the idea of a terrorist attack that would bring down the World Trade Center towers seemed inconceivable. But when the unthinkable happened, America rallied around indefatigable agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) and some super-suspenseful, action-packed, provocative stories. Even the real CIA took notes. With an uncanny knack for selecting guest stars and a real-time format, "24" injected shots of excitement to the small screen. 7. 30 ROCK * NBC, 2006-present Maybe it's because Tina Fey and Lorne Michaels know TV from both sides of the camera. More than that, they understand the nutty things that happen when the surf of corporate culture pounds the shore of creative anarchy. "30 Rock," a TV show within a TV show, is occasionally guilty of biting the hand that schedules it, but never runs out of business and showbiz targets ripe for being lampooned. 6. MAD MEN * AMC, 2007-present Matthew Weiner rewound the clock nearly a half-century to create a drama that provides a fresh look at relationships and business and gender through vintage glasses. Set in the early 1960s in a prominent ad firm, "Mad Men" is beautifully written and blessed with a strong cast, starting with Jon Hamm as flawed executive Don Draper. You've come a long way, baby, but it sure is fun to look back. 5. DAMAGES * FX, 2007-present Few if any creators have ever spun more intricate and surprising yarns than Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler and Daniel Zelman in "Damages," a high-stakes legal drama in which almost nothing is exactly as it seems. A superb cast, starting with Glenn Close, brings to life some of the most ambitious plots ever conceived for TV. This may be as intriguing and addictive as TV gets. 4. THE SHIELD * FX, 2002-08 Just as David Chase found a new and powerful direction for crime drama, Shawn Ryan shattered the mold for police drama. "The Shield" was everything no police series had ever been, starting with antihero Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis), a sympathetic but impossibly corrupt Los Angeles cop who made up his own rules of law enforcement as he went along. Moral ambiguity provided a gateway to stories that were stark, real and absolutely incredible. 3. CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM * HBO, 2000-present From his earnings as creator of "Seinfeld," Larry David could have bought one of the Virgin Islands and retired to a life of leisure and luxury. Instead, he trumped himself with a comedy series that poked fun at political correctness and poked even more fun at a curmudgeonly version of himself. Plotted but not scripted, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" raised mortification and tactlessness to art forms. 2. THE WEST WING * NBC, 1999-2006 Creator Aaron Sorkin swore this show wasn't his way of making civics palatable to a mass audience, but it did just that. Neo-cons ran the real White House during most of the show's run. On TV, though, a team of highly principled progressives operated the levers of TV government. Quite possibly, this unfailingly witty and intelligent series, packed with powerful performances, whetted the country's appetite for change it can believe in. 1. THE SOPRANOS * HBO, 1999-2007 From its opening musings about ducks in Tony Soprano's swimming pool to its ambiguous and much-discussed ending, "The Sopranos" pioneered a new form of drama. Creator David Chase brilliantly melded the dark, violent world of organized crime boss Soprano (James Gandolfini) with the conventions of middle-class suburbia. It dominated water cooler conversation even though, as an HBO program, it was available in only a small fraction of the nation's households. Source
Much to its relief, HBO has finally discovered that there's life after " The Sopranos " and " Sex and the City ." The pay cable network, which has struggled to replace those signature series, had a strong week with some new hits. The vampire series " True Blood ," in its second season, had a series high of 3.9 million viewers on Sunday. Add in on-demand viewing, DVR viewing and extra showings, and the average episode of the series is being seen by 10.8 million viewers this season, according to Nielsen Media Research. Read More: Starpulse: 'True Blood' Is An HBO Hit; 'Hung' Is Also Hanging In There
HBO execs are saying their freshman vampire series True Blood , also based on a series of novels, is developing an audience faster than The Sopranos , aka one of the most financially successful cable series in the history of TV. Michael Lombardo, HBO's chief of West Coast operations, says that The Sopranos' viewership numbers grew slowly. The big ratings jump didn't come until season two. But True Blood has fared better, with a 66 percent jump in Sunday night viewership since its premiere in September. Read more ...
Brotherhood may ultimately be Tommy and Michael Caffey's story, but someone else stole the show last Sunday on the Showtime mob drama: Mayor Frank Panzarella, who came out as gay in the third season premiere. "I was like, 'Really? That's gonna be challenging, but it's gonna be fun,' Al Sapienza, who plays Panzarella, tells TVGuide.com. See what else the actor, currently starring on a stage production of Dirty Dancing , has to say about the revelation, how it will factor into this season's storylines, and why Brotherhood is better than The Sopranos in some ways. read from: TvGuide