Vincent Pastore, Steven Van Zandt and The Sopranos - Opening night of Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story at the Signature Theatre - Arrivals. - New York, New York, United States - Monday 21st July 2014
James Gandolfini was best known for his performances as Tony Soprano, though his career on stage should not be forgotten.
Broadway will dim its lights on Wednesday (June 26, 2013) in tribute to actor James Gandolfini, the Tony award nominee who died in Italy last week aged 51. The Broadway League announced that theatre marquees will go dark for one minute at 8pm, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Gandolfini was best known for playing New Jersey mobster Tony Soprano on HBO's The Sopranos - considered the greatest television drama of all time - though he also excelled on the stage. In 2009, the actor earned a best actor Tony Award nod for his role in Yasmina Reza's comedy God of Carnage, which he produced two years later at Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theatre. Previously, Gandolfini had appeared in A Streetcar Named Desire (1992) opposite Jessica Lange and a youthful Alec Baldwin.
"Whether on screen or on a Broadway stage, [Gandolfini] made every role believable and seemingly effortless," Charlotte St. Martin, the Broadway League's executive director, said in a statement.
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If you've watched all the shows on this list, then you know your onions
The greatest TV show of all time has another prestigious accolade to boast of, as The Writers Guild of America considers it the best written show of all time.
It tops a list that contains the likes of Mad Men, The Wire, Breaking Bad and older hits like The Twilight Zone, M.A.S.H and All In The Family. Airing from 1999 to 2007, The Sopranos redefined the genre of drama, placing viewers in a world of crime and extortion, while simultaneously exploring the intricacies of family life and the human condition. James Gandolfini was lauded for his extraordinary turn as Tony Soprano, and has only sporadically acted since his mammoth 6-season role as the New Jersey crime lynchpin. On Metacritic, The Sopranos rarely got an overall season rating, apart from the last, which managed a whopping 96%. It’s a good list for Mad Men too, which is the highest ranked show that is currently on the air. The AMC show has been increasingly popular over the years, and is currently in its fifth season.
Some controversies, though; The Wire – considered, like The Sopranos, to be one of the best – only just made the top 10, while The Simpsons, which has managed an unprecedented 25 seasons, didn’t. Louis C.K’s Louie, which challenges the conventions of traditional writing, is way down at #99; a surprise considering the critics have called it one of the best comedies of its generation. And of course, there were a few notable exceptions too, with more modern series taking up the majority of the list.
The HBO series beat off competition from the likes of The Simpson, The Wire and Lost.
The Sopranos. In a recent poll compiled by the Writer's Guild of America, the HBO series The Sopranos came out on top to be named the most well-written television show of all-time. The guild announced it's 101 Best Written TV Series on Sunday (June 2), mixing classic television with modern masterpieces.
The list commemorated both the shows and their writers, with Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David's Seinfeld coming second and The Twilight Zone third, with season one writers Charles Beaumont, Richard Matheson, Robert Presnell, Jr. and Rod Serling celebrated by the WGA. Sitcoms All in the Family and M*A*S*H finished off the top five.
Overall, there were seventeen titles included in the list that are still on air now, with The Simpson (11), Mad Men (7), Breaking Bad (13) and South Park (64) all included. With such a high percentage of modern shows on the list, it might not come as much of a surprise to know that shows from the past twenty years made up the majority of the list, with Game of Thrones and Louie the most recent shows on the list and Your Show of Shows (1950) the oldest. It seems that the golden age of television wasn't the 1950's after all then, but instead the last decade (with the emergence of cable television) when TV began to realise it's potential.
The Sopranos unsurprisingly topped the list of the 101 best written television shows.
Last night (2nd June), the Writers Guild of America (the WGA) unveiled its list of the 101 best written television shows in history voted for by members, who are split into east (WGAE) and western (WGAW) guilds in an online ballot.
Following the WGA's 2005 '101 Best Screenplays', the new list saw New Jersey mobster drama The Sopranos (created by David Chase) top the TV Guide Magazine-sponsored list. After debuting in 1999, the show ran for six seasons and 86 episodes before ending in 2007. The show, starring James Gandolfini as lead-character Anthony "Tony" Soprano, has received glowing critical acclaim over the years with New Yorker editor, David Remnick proclaiming the show to be "the richest achievement in the history of television."
Indeed, this is not the first time the highly lauded series has topped a 'best of' chart, with previous rankings including TV Guide's 'Top 50 TV Shows of All Time', and 'Channel 4's Greatest Television Series of All Time.'
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The Sopranos and Sopranos Saturday 25th July 2009 Former star of 'The Sopranos', Vincent Pastore, left and comedian Joe Piscopo perform during the Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival Wheeling, West Virginia
Vincent Pastore, Sopranos and The Sopranos Saturday 25th July 2009 Former star of 'The Sopranos', Vincent Pastore, left and comedian Joe Piscopo perform during the Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival Wheeling, West Virginia