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The Sopranos seems like such a long time ago. Most of the shows this website discusses could be termed part of television's "golden age", and so much success and acclaim has been found in their anti-heroic lead characters, it's easy to forget where this era all started. Don Draper, Walter White, Dexter, Nucky Thompson: none of these could have existed in the same way without Tony Soprano. James Gandolfini's performance, brutally masculine with a childlike vulnerability, paved the way for all of them, and set the tone for audiences to accept, and even root for, lead characters who do terrible things. He died yesterday at 51, which is far too young.
The Sopranos' Uncle Junior is to join the cast of Boardwalk Empire for its second season. Let's see what Dominic Chianese had to say about it.
By which we mean 'worst', obviously, because drugs are BAD. Unless of course you only take enough to have a smashing time, in which case we've very much got five on it. Welcome to Our Drug Hell.