The bad news for Sopranos fans is, we’re only going to get 23 new episodes over the next couple of years — and then it’s over:
HBO plans to telecast the usual 13 episodes this season, debuting March 7. But the sixth season, which [series creator David] Chase insisted will be the last, will have only 10 episodes. And the only reason fans are getting that sixth season is that when Chase tried to think about the “final act of the show,” he realized that he wanted to cover too much to accomplish in a fifth season.
The good news? Read:
Steve Buscemi, who has directed episodes of the series, has joined the cast as one such mobster, a cousin of Tony Soprano.
If killing off Ralpie is what made room for Buscemi, then suddenly I don’t miss Joe Pantoliano quite so much.