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A Hit Is Coming to A&E When the Groundbreaking Series 'The Sopranos(R)' Launches on January 10, 2007 at 9:00pm ET/PT
Back-to-back episodes of the Emmy-winning drama will air every Wednesday at 9:00/8:00c on the cable channel.

[via press release from A&E]



NEW YORK � November 28, 2006 � Beginning on Wednesday, January 10 at 9:00PM ET/PT, A&E will become the exclusive off-network home to the most critically acclaimed drama on television, THE SOPRANOS�, on the eight year anniversary of the initial series launch on HBO.

Beginning with the first episode of season one, A&E will present THE SOPRANOS with back-to-back episodes every Wednesday at 9:00PM. The episodes will run in sequential order with appropriate editing for content, however they will not be edited for time. The series was initially shot with alternative versions of many scenes and prerecorded alternative dialogue minimizing the need for editing.

�We are thrilled to be able to offer THE SOPRANOS to nearly 150 million viewers who never had the opportunity to see it when it first aired on HBO,� said Bob DeBitetto, Executive Vice President and General Manager of A&E. �This is more than just great television. THE SOPRANOS has come to define excellence in programming.�

THE SOPRANOS first launched on HBO on January 10, 1999 to unprecedented critical acclaim. Creator David Chase's drama series stars three-time Emmy� winners James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano and Edie Falco as Tony's wife Carmela, plus Lorraine Bracco as therapist Dr. Jennifer Melfi, Emmy� winner Michael Imperioli as Tony's nephew Christopher Moltisanti, Dominic Chianese as Uncle Junior, Nancy Marchand as Livia Soprano, Robert Iler as Anthony Soprano, Jr., Jamie-Lynn Sigler as Meadow Soprano, Tony Sirico as Paulie Walnuts, and Steven Van Zandt as Silvio Dante.

In 2004, the series won four Emmys�, including Drama Series; Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Michael Imperioli); Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Drea de Matteo); and Writing for a Drama Series (Terence Winter, "Long Term Parking"). The show has also won five Golden Globe Awards, including the award in the Best Television Series - Drama category in 2000.

THE SOPRANOS is an HBO Brad Grey Television production in association with HBO Original Programming. The series was created by David Chase. Executive Producers are Brad Grey and David Chase. HBO and The Sopranos are service marks of Home Box Office, Inc.

Now reaching more than 91 million homes, A&E Network offers a diverse mix of high quality entertainment; ranging from the network�s signature Real-Life Series franchise, including the hit series Dog the Bounty Hunter, Intervention, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, King of Cars and Criss Angel Mindfreak, to critically acclaimed original movies, dramatic series and the most successful justice shows on cable. A&E is the official basic cable home to the high-profile series 24, CSI: Miami and beginning in 2007, The Sopranos. The A&E Network website is located at www.aetv.com. The A&E Insider is located at www.aetv.com/insider. For more information and photography please visit us on the web at www.aetvpress.com.

  [november 2006]  


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