The Sopranos

brian-griffin-deadBrian Griffin – the martini-swigging, woman loving dog, died on “Family Guy” last night in the USA.

Brian – who’s been on the show for all 11 seasons – was hit by a car in last night’s episode … and died from his injuries.

Stewie tried to save his pal by going back in time and preventing the accident – but he had JUST taken apart his time machine, and was unable to rebuild it before Brian passed away. Continue reading »

sopranosSales and downloads of The Sopranos DVDs have spiked following the death of James Gandolfini this week.

Both iTunes and Amazon have reported increases in the sales of the Emmy-winning series, with its first season currently sitting at No.2 among sales of full TV seasons on iTunes.

It was previously placed at No. 1,463 on the chart.

Other seasons are also on the charge up the sales charts, including season two (No. 46), season six, part two (No. 64) and season three (No. 75). Continue reading »

jamesgandolfini

Sky TV will pay tribute to the late James Gandolfini this weekend with a celebration of his best Sopranos episodes.

This Sunday, SoHo will air the ’10 Best Episodes’ of The Sopranos as well as a special screening of HBO Film Cinema Verite.

The celebration begins at 10am on Sunday, June 23.

The great James Gandolfini has gone. He won a basket full of Emmys and starred in undoubtedly THE drama that launched the golden age of television we all enjoy today, HBO’s ground-breaking The Sopranos. Without The Sopranos there would be no Mad Men. No Breaking Bad. No Game of Thrones, Dexter or Banshee. Continue reading »

jamesgandolfiniSeveral media outlets are reporting the death of James Gandolfini.

The former star of The Sopranos is reported to have died of a heart attack in Italy, where he was on holiday and to attend the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily.

He was 51.

Gandolfini is best known for playing Tony Soprano in The Sopranos between 1999 and 2007. He won three Emmy nominations for the role.

Sopranos reunion on Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon is making a kids’ movie that will reunite four cast members from The Sopranos. The film, Nicky Deuce, will star Michael Imperioli (Christopher), Steve Schirripa (Bobby), Tony Sirico (Paulie) and Vincent Curatola (Johnny Sack).

Nicki Minaj in talks to join Idol

Speculation is rife that Nicki Minaj will be joining American Idol as a judge, as sources say that she is currently deep in talks with Fox (who make the show), to work out a deal. Continue reading »


Super Bowl sets new TV record

Last weekend’s Super Bowl XLVI match between New York and New England has officially become the most-watched TV programme in US history with 111.3 million viewers tuning in.

Coaches announced for The Voice Australia

Delta Goodrem, Keith Urban, Seal and Joel Madden have been announced as the coaches for the Australian version of The Voice.

Sopranos movie unlikely

Former Sopranos actor Steven Van Zandt has told fans of the show that a movie based on the series is unlikely to happen despite actress Edie Falco saying it was still possible.

New drama series picked up

The ABC network in the US has picked up a new drama series called Bunheads that centres on a Las Vegas showgirl who ends up moving to a small town after getting married impulsively. Former Flight of the Conchords actress Sutton Foster will play the lead role.

Check out the line-up for the opening day of Sky’s new premium content channel SoHo.

 

THE SOPRANOS

Series 1, Episode 1, 3pm   

Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) is your average, middle-aged businessman. With a few complications. He has a son, a dutiful wife (Edie Falco), a not-so-dutiful daughter (Jamie-Lynn Sigler), a not-too-secret mistress, and a whole other Family. When a series of anxiety attacks land him in the office of a psychiatrist (Lorraine Bracco), Tony opens up about his career as a “waste-management consultant” and tries to come to terms with the professional and private strains that have brought him to the brink of a breakdown.

 

SoHo On Set: GAME OF THRONES

4pm

SoHo takes you behind the scenes of the epic new series Game Of Thrones.

 

SIX FEET UNDER

Series 1, Episode 1, 4.30pm

From Alan Ball, Oscar-winning writer of American Beauty and creator of True Blood, this critically-lauded, multi-award winning drama takes a darkly comic and frequently surreal look at a dysfunctional Los Angeles family running an independent funeral home.  When the patriarch of the typically atypical Fisher family is killed on Christmas Eve, prodigal elder son Nate (Peter Krause) returns home for the holidays to a family in disarray; his mother Ruth (Francis Conroy), brother David (Michael C. Hall), and rebellious sister Claire (Lauren Ambrose) each have their own ways of dealing with grief, while the family business manages the grief of others.

 

SoHo On Set: BOARDWALK EMPIRE

5.30pm

SoHo takes you behind the scenes of the prohibition drama Boardwalk Empire.

 

ENTOURAGE

Series 1, Episode 1, 6pm

As the very last season wraps up in the US, SoHo takes you back to the very beginning. Based on the real life escapades of actor (and series executive producer) Mark Wahlberg and his group of friends as they first started out in Hollywood, Entourage is a quick paced half hour following young A-lister Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) and his ‘entourage’ of friends as they navigate all that is glitzy and golden in the City of Angels.

 

HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA

Series 1, Episode 1, 6.30pm

Entourage masterminds Stephen Levinson and Mark Wahlberg are behind this tale of two up-and-comers in their 20s, hustling their way through New York City trying to find a shortcut to the American Dream. Ben Epstein (Bryan Greenberg) and Cam Calderon (Victor Rasuk) are determined to make a name for themselves in New York’s competitive fashion scene, and use their street knowledge and contacts to try to make their dreams a reality. With the help of their well connected friend Domingo (Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi), and Cam’s ex con cousin Rene (Luis Guzmán) Ben and Cam dive head first into the fashion industry, from flipping leather jackets to launching their own denim line, all in an effort to make it big. The road to success is never easy, but if you can “Make It” in New York, you can make it anywhere.

 

TRUE BLOOD

Series 1, Episode 1, 7pm

See where the cult phenomenon began, as SoHo takes you back to the beginning with Season 1 of this seductive blood-sucking series. Produced by Alan Ball (Six Feet Under) and based on the bestselling Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris, True Blood is a dark and sexy tale; set in a fictional version of our world where vampires not only exist, but have “come out of the coffin” and joined society – progressing from legendary monsters to fellow citizens overnight.

The series follows Sookie Stackhouse (Academy Award winner Anna Paquin), a telepath and waitress at Merlotte’s Grill, in the small town of Bon Temps, Louisiana, where all manner of person can be found, human or otherwise. Sookie is fascinated by vampires and when Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), a 173 year old vampire arrives in town, they are drawn together and Sookie soon finds herself deep inside his world of supernatural beings, where danger is always close behind.

 

SoHo On Set: GAME OF THRONES

8pm

SoHo takes you behind the scenes of the epic new series Game Of Thrones.

 

GAME OF THRONES

Series 1, Episodes 1 & 2, 8.30pm

Based on the bestselling book series ‘A Song of Ice & Fire’ by George R.R. Martin, comes an epic new fantasy series from HBO that promises to redefine the genre. A tale of family, treachery, and the never-ending pursuit of power, this ten-part series, dubbed “The Sopranos in Middle Earth”, will win over fantasy fans as well as the uninitiated.  In the land of Westeros, where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime, several families are engaged in a deadly cat-and-mouse game for control of the Seven Kingdoms and the Iron Throne that rules over them. There are the noble Starks, whose patriarch Ned (Sean Bean) is named the Hand of the King after his predecessor dies under suspicious circumstances; there are the scheming Lannisters, who have their eyes fixed on controlling the throne at all costs; and there’s Princess Daenerys and her brother Viserys, exiled across the narrow sea following the bloody defeat of their ruling Targaryen forebears. As betrayal, lust, and supernatural forces shake the land, the bloody struggle for the Iron Throne will have unforeseen and far-reaching consequences. Winter is coming. Let the Game of Thrones begin.

Featuring an A-list cast including Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings), Mark Addy (The Full Monty), Peter Dinklage* (The Station Agent), Lena Headey (300), Michelle Fairley (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 & 2), Kit Harington (Greys Inbetween), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (New Amsterdam), Emilia Clarke (Triassic Attack), Harry Lloyd (Robin Hood), Richard Madden (Hope Springs), Alfie Owen-Allen (Atonement), Jason Momoa (Stargate Atlantis), and Jack Gleeson (Batman Begins).

Label pays for clothes not to be seen

Fashion label Abercrombie & Fitch are offering the cast of Jersey Shore money in order to stop them wearing the label as they feel it could do “significant damage” to the company’s image. The company says a connection to the likes of The Situation goes against the “aspirational nature” of its brand.

Lopez officially returning to Idol

American Idol has finally confirmed officially that Jennifer Lopez will return to the series as a judge next year. Lopez will re-join Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson on the judging panel.

24 actor joins CSI: Miami

24 actor Carlos Bernard has joined the cast of CSI: Miami to play a nemesis for David Caruso’s character Horatio. The actor played Tony Almeida on 24 between 2001 and 2009.

Belushi developing new comedy

Jim Belushi has signed up to write and star in a new comedy series for ABC in the US. Belushi finished work on his last sitcom According to Jim in 2009 after eight years on the air.

Sopranos actor joins Boardwalk Empire

Former Sopranos actor Dominic Chianese has signed up for a role in the second season of Boardwalk Empire. Chianese played ‘Junior’ Soprano from 1999 to 2007 in the gangster series.

Bullock joining new Gervais comedy

Sandra Bullock has reportedly signed on to feature in the new Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant comedy Life’s Too Short for the BBC. Bullock will join the cast that already includes the likes of Johnny Depp and Sting as guest stars.

Modern Family recasting Lily

Modern Family execs are looking to recast the role of Lily, the adopted daughter of Mitchel (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet). The character was played in the first two seasons by a pair of twins.

Sopranos actress to guest on Drop Dead Diva

Former Sopranos actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler will join the cast of Drop Dead Diva for its third season finale. Producers say they have written the role purposely for Sigler.

Glee to scale back music

Glee’s executive producer Brad Falchuk says they are planning to scale back the amount of music in the drama series and concentrate more on character relationships in the third season. “We’re really focusing a lot more on larger story arcs and less about romantic relationships and more on character relationships, outside forces pushing inward on the glee club,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.

Leonardo da Vinci series in the works

American network Starz is reportedly working on a new series centring on Leonardo da Vinci. The project will focus on the artist’s early days and will be written by Blade: Trinity director David S. Goyer.

Susan Boyle confirmed for Glee

Glee creator Ryan Murphy has finally confirmed Britain’s Got Talent runner-up Susan Boyle for a guest spot on the series this season. The singer will play a lunch-lady in one episode later this year.

Sopranos actress passes away

Former Sopranos actress Denise Borino-Quinn has died after a long battle with cancer. The actress, who won her role Ginny Sacrimoni unexpectedly on the mob drama after an open casting call, passed away at the age of 46.

Spin City actor to guest on Gossip Girl

Former Spin City veteran Michael Boatman will make an appearance on an upcoming episode of Gossip Girl. The actor, who played Carter on Spin City, will take on the role of a high-powered businessman. 

Jack Black lands animated TV deal

Jack Black’s production company Electirc Dynamite has landed a new animated project for TV in a the form of Tiny Monsters. Black will act as executive producer on the series which will centre on a group of mean girls in a high school.

The Office currently casting new boss

The Office actor Rainn Wilson has confirmed that the show is currently casting a new boss to replace the departing Steve Carell on the show. Wilson also ruled out his character, Dwight, as taking the top spot at Dunder Mifflin saying: “Dwight could never become the boss because he would just fire everybody in the office,” he said. “It just wouldn’t work out.”