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The official word on ''The Sopranos'' (for now)

By RD Heldenfels Published: August 12, 2005

Here is HBO's latest announcement that ''The Sopranos'' will keep going longer than anticipated -- which, of course, just makes us all wonder if it could keep going beyond this.

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 11, 2005 - HBO announced today that in addition to THE SOPRANOS' upcoming sixth season, which will include 12 episodes, HBO will produce an additional eight bonus episodes, to debut in January 2007.

Currently filming its sixth season, the critically acclaimed, Emmy(r)- and Peabody-winning THE SOPRANOS will continue in production for these eight additional episodes. The sixth season is slated to launch in March 2006.

‘‘We are obviously delighted that we will be able to extend THE SOPRANOS' series beyond its slated 12 episodes,’’ said Chris Albrecht, chairman and CEO, HBO. ‘‘When something is as remarkable as THE SOPRANOS, our audience would like to see it continue as long as possible, so we are thrilled that David Chase felt there are more stories to be told.’'

‘‘With every season, this series continues to creatively evolve and grow. We are all looking forward to spending more time with 'The Sopranos',’’ said Brad Grey, executive producer of the series.

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