Ten years ago, it wasn’t hard to decide what to do on a Sunday night. Everyone watched HBO. The programming on the premium cable network was like nothing else on the tube.
But then, Carrie Bradshaw finally landed Mr. Big, the entire Fisher family died, Tony Soprano stopped believin’ in a New Jersey diner, and Tommy Carcetti became governor of Maryland.
By the time Sue Naegle arrived from United Talent Agency to take the network’s top job in 2008 (alongside co-president Richard Plepler and president of programming Michael Lombardo), the programming larder was looking bare. “We walked into a schedule that was mostly empty,” she told The Observer. And what could be better? “From a development and programming perspective, that’s the dream.”
Crime paid for Chris Albrecht once before, and clearly he’s hoping it does once again. The former head of HBO — who was the executive that put The Sopranos on the air — is planning a remake of the Australian crime drama Underbelly for his new network, Starz. The series — which centers Read More
Sometimes we actually find ourselves wondering what we’re going to needlessly obsess over once Lost shuffles off this mortal coil in May of next year. Case in point: We used the end-of-the-world thunderstorms yesterday afternoon as an excuse to spend hours catching up on Saturday’s Lost panel at Comic-Con, which featured things both Read More
“I’ve got bigger tits than the broads in here!” quipped the jovial Steve Schirripa.
The Brooklyn-born actor perhaps best known for his role as Bobby Baccalieri on HBO’s The Sopranos had just arrived at the boozy grand-opening party for the newly rebranded Sapphire New York strip club on Monday, April 27, looking very “legitimate businessman” Read More
David Chase and Jerry Seinfeld have a lot in common. Both men were the creative forces behind two of the most incendiary television shows of the past twenty years; shows which a large majority of the viewing audience (not us!) felt ended with disappointing whimpers. Both men will forever attempt to live up to past Read More
The Hartford Courant‘s Roger Catlin got a press release touting HBO’s 19-disc box set for its critically-acclaimed series Deadwood.
According to Mr. Catlin, it will sell for $179.97, which would be pretty steep even if people weren’t about to start boiling their boots for soup, but the 36-hour disc contains Read More
It’s just like a cat teetering in a state of anamnesis between lives four and five! One: Sex and the City, the newspaper column (right here in The New York Observer); Two: Sex and the City, the book by Candace Bushnell; Three: Sex and the City, the television series; Four: Sex and the City, the Read More
The Sopranos alum Terence Winter, a Sopranos writer, is coming down to the dark, seedy Atlantic City boardwalk for Martin Scorsese. He’ll be writing the director’s new HBO project Boardwalk Empire, which will be produced by Entourage bros Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson. The drama is based on Nelson Johnson’s book Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, Read More
On Monday, Feb. 25, Lorraine Bracco—who around here is still better known as the shrieky wife in GoodFellas than for her role as the shrink with a smoky voice on The Sopranos—threw a launch party for her new line of wines at the Hard Rock Café on Broadway and 43rd Street. No matter Read More
The Coen brothers’ No Country For Old Men won the top prize at the 14th annual Screen Actors Guild awards show, while The Sopranos cleaned up in the television categories. With this year’s Golden Globes reduced to a press conference and the fate of next month’s Oscars uncertain, the ordinarily downplayed Screen Read More