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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

David Chase Comments On The Sopranos Finale

"The Sopranos" creator David Chase tells the Newark Star-Ledger that he wasn't thinking about a possible movie sequel when he filmed the finale -- though he doesn't completely rule one out. He also refused to talk about why he decided to end it the way he did, cutting to black as Tony, Carmela and AJ sat in the diner listening to Journey's "Don't Stop Believin.' "

About the finale he said: "I have no interest in explaining, defending, reinterpreting, or adding to what is there."

As for a movie: "I don't think about (a movie) that much. I never say never. An idea could pop into my head where I go, 'Wow, that would make a great movie,' but I doubt it. I'm not being coy. If something appeared that really made a good Sopranos' movie and you could invest in it and everybody else wanted to do it, I would do it. But I think we've kind of said it and done it."

Here's the link to the story by TV writer Alan Sepinwall:


at 6/12/2007 10:45 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...


I was not a viewer of the show, but I am curious as to why this is getting as much play as it does? What were the final ratings numbers for this show. It certainly did not seem to have the mass appeal of a Seinfeld or Cheers, to seemingly warrant as much coverage from you and many others. But maybe the numbers will tell me I am wrong.

at 6/12/2007 1:03 PM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

This just in from Associated Press: An estimated 11.9 million people watched "The Sopranos" Sunday night. This figure doesn't count people who have watched on demand or repeats. "The Sopranos" this season averaged 8.2 million, the lowest since the second season in 2000, AP says. The most popular episode was the 4th season premiere in September 2002, with 13.4 million viewers, AP says.

at 6/12/2007 2:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not questioning you at all John, I am just curious. Do you think The Soprano's warrants the Seinfeld-esque like series ending coverage? I just don't see it, but I suppose being on a premium, pay network, it is big news and a little different.

at 6/12/2007 3:12 PM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

Yeah, I think the coverage is legit. It was one of the best shows on TV, even though the final season wasn't as great as earlier years... and it was spread over about a year.

at 6/12/2007 4:45 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i do not have hbo but i followed the series every year with the dvd releases...brilliant show ...

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