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James Gandolfini vs. HBO: The "Sopranos" Money Fight That Could Have Killed the Show 💰
2024/06/04

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Back in 2003, The Sopranos was at the height of its popularity, cementing its reputation as the best show on television and paving the way for the "prestige drama" genre to take off. HBO became the incubator for this new breed of television, creating critically-acclaimed shows like Sex and the City, Six Feet Under, and The Wire, that would go on to inspire multi-layered character dramas on other networks — shows like Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and dozens of others that continue to premiere every season.

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The Sopranos is still remembered as one of the best shows of all time, but many may have forgotten about the bitter legal battle waged between its star and the network that produced the beloved series.

An offer James Gandolfini could refuse

It's hard to believe that The Sopranos almost ended after season four, instead of with the iconic and ambiguous series finale that fans are still scratching their heads over.

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But a lawsuit between James Gandolfini — the late, legendary actor who brought Tony Soprano to life — and HBO, nearly threatened to shut down the series in 2003. Arguing that the network failed to inform him in writing that the series had been renewed for a fifth season, Gandolfini threatened to sue HBO and potentially end his contract with them — a move that could have put the future of the series in jeopardy.

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