or


[03/13/03 - 12:00 AM]
Production Halted on 'Sopranos'
By Brian Ford Sullivan (TFC)

CHICAGO (thefutoncritic.com) -- Production on the fifth season of HBO's "The Sopranos" has been halted indefinitely due to a breakdown in salary negotiations with series star James Gandolfini. Shooting was scheduled to being March 24.

The conflict stems from competiting lawsuits filed by Gandolfini and HBO against each other last week over the actor's status with the show. Gandolfini's lawsuit alleges HBO did not notify him within the agreed upon 10 days after the show's fifth season was ordered on July 17, 2001. According to Gandolfini's representatives, such a move would make his contract for a fifth season void and not require him to show up for shooting on March 24. Calling the lawsuit "frivolous," HBO has counter-sued Gandolfini for $100 million in damages that would be caused due to his absence from the series.

Gandolfini's lawsuit is viewed by many as simply a negotiating ploy to increase his salary for the fifth season. Currently the actor is making a surprisingly average $400,000 per episode considering "The Sopranos" critical and financial success, below such actors as Ray Romano, the "Friends" cast and Kelsey Grammer but on par with "The West Wing's" Martin Sheen.

HBO has reportedly offered Gandolfini $11 million to return for the 13-episode fifth season, part of which was to be paid in profit participation. But the actor is said to have been asking for $27 million for season five, and $16.7 million for a sixth season should that get ordered, for an average of $21 million per season for a fifth and sixth batch.

Recently fellow "Sopranos" stars Michael Imperioli, Tony Sirico, Drea de Matteo, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Robert Iler renegotiated their contracts with HBO to more than triple their salaries. Imperioli is set to make $80,000 per episode for season five while the remaining trio will be paid in the neighborhood of $60,000 an episode for the upcoming season. Previously all four made between $15,000-$25,000 an episode.

With production halted it is extremely unlikely the fifth season of the series will be ready before January 2004.





  [march 2003]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
      


· FRIENDS (NBC)
· SOPRANOS, THE (HBO)
· WEST WING, THE (NBC)





[04/22/21 - 03:30 PM]
Riz Ahmed and Viola Davis to Join 93rd Oscars(R) Cast
Ahmed and Davis round out the previously announced lineup that includes Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Bong Joon Ho, Don Cheadle, Bryan Cranston, Laura Dern, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Marlee Matlin, Rita Moreno, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger and Zendaya.

[04/22/21 - 01:52 PM]
Sofia Alvarez to Adapt and Direct "Along for the Ride;" Emma Pasarow and Belmont Cameli to Star in Lead Roles
The Netfilx film is based on the YA novel of the same name from New York Times bestselling author Sarah Dessen.

[04/22/21 - 01:08 PM]
Spectrum Originals to Debut Golden Globe(R) and Emmy(R) Nominated Team Robert and Michelle King's Series "The Bite" on May 21
The six-episode series follows the lives of two neighbors Rachel (Audra McDonald) and Lily (Taylor Schilling) as they embark on unprecedented times when a deadly new strain of a virus arrives.

[04/22/21 - 11:35 AM]
Video: "Stuck with You" - Season 2 - Official Trailer - An ALLBLK Original Series
The series returns to the streaming service on Thursday, May 6.

[04/22/21 - 11:02 AM]
Netflix Teams Up with Bubba Wallace for Documentary Series
The series follows NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace as he competes for the newly formed 23XI Racing team.

[04/22/21 - 11:01 AM]
Angelina Jolie in "Those Who Wish Me Dead," "Tenet," "In Treatment," New Dark Comedy Series "Hacks" and "Adventure Time: Distant Lands - Together Again" Arrive on HBO Max This May
Also on tap are a new season of "Gomorrah" and the Andrew Scott/Ruth Wilson-led film "Oslo."

[04/22/21 - 11:01 AM]
Bravo's "Summer House" Two-Part Reunion Begins Thursday, April 29th at 9:15 PM ET/PT
Host Andy Cohen sits down with Kyle Cooke, Amanda Batula, Lindsay Hubbard, Danielle Olivera, Carl Radke, Hannah Berner, Paige DeSorbo, Luke Gulbranson, and season newcomer Ciara Miller.

[04/22/21 - 10:02 AM]
Kouvr Annon, Nikita Dragun, Sienna Mae Gomez, Chase Hudson, Larri Merritt, Thomas Petrou, Alex Warren, and Jack Wright - a.k.a Hype House - Will Star in a New Unscripted Series for Netflix
The series will reveal a side of themselves (and their relationships) that we rarely see.

[04/22/21 - 10:01 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: "The Masked Singer" Expands to Victory for FOX
A full night of the reality competition puts the network on top in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[04/22/21 - 09:03 AM]
Angie Harmon Joins New Lifetime Unscripted Series "Cellmate Secrets" Debuting Fridays During Network's First Annual "Summer of Secrets" Following Enhanced Versions of Lifetime Original Movies
The series reveals new insights and information as former friends, guards, cellmates and lovers give first-hand accounts of their time with the famed felons and defendants.

[04/22/21 - 09:00 AM]
HBO Max Orders Docuseries "Take Out," Chronicling the Cultural Contributions and Unique Stories of Asian Restaurants from Award-Winning Journalist Lisa Ling
The six-part series follows Ling as she takes viewers behind the counter and into the lives of the people and families who run some of America's over 45,000 Asian restaurants.

[04/22/21 - 09:00 AM]
Disney Channel Announces One Night Only Season One Marathon of Disney+ Original Series, "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series," on Saturday, May 8
The break-free, one-time-only marathon will also feature sneak peeks of season two, a new musical number performed by Nini and Ricky, special messages from and fun facts about the cast, fan-favorite "Buspool Karaoke" music videos and much more.

[04/22/21 - 08:54 AM]
Annie Murphy Returns to Television in the Groundbreaking New Series "Kevin Can F**k Himself" Sunday, June 13 on AMC+ and Sunday, June 20 on AMC
The remaining episodes will continue to debut on AMC+ one week ahead of the AMC linear airings on Sundays at 9:00/8:00c.

[04/22/21 - 08:00 AM]
The 90 Day Universe Sizzles with New Series, "90 Day: Foody Call" Streaming on discovery+ May 29
Expect a dash of sass and a lot of fun when couples from the franchise invite you into their kitchens and dish on recipes for relationship success, all while preparing traditional meals from their home countries.

[04/22/21 - 07:00 AM]
Video: "Fathom" - Official Trailer - Apple TV+
Watch as Dr. Michelle Fournet and Dr. Ellen Garland journey to opposite hemispheres on an undertaking as colossal as their humpback whale subjects - deciphering the complex communication of whales to uncover a culture in the oceans older than humankind.