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TV Note: 12/10/02

Monday, December 09, 2002

'Sopranos' finale

No wiseguys got clipped, but Tony Soprano was sent packing.

The fourth season of HBO's "The Sopranos" ended Sunday night with Carmela Soprano tossing her mob-boss husband out of the house after she was tipped to his philandering by one of his scorned girlfriends.

It was a powerful punch to a program that has grown into a television phenomenon since it was launched nearly four years ago. The finale could be another big ratings draw for the award-winning series, starring James Gandolfini as Tony and Edie Falco as Carmela.

Carmela threw Tony out after receiving an ill-timed phone call about his extramarital affairs. Soon his clothes and golf clubs were pitched into the driveway.

"You have made a fool of me for years. ... You've had quite a time on my watch," Carmela seethed as Tony tried to lie his way out of the jam.

The intense drama of the finale was saved for the fight between Tony and Carmela. When the dispute got uglier, Carmela took her best shot: She informed Tony of her abstinent romance with one of his soldiers, ponytailed Furio, who ducked this sticky situation last week by fleeing to Italy.

Explaining the effect Furio had on her, even from glances exchanged when he dropped by the house to pick up Tony, Carmela said, "I felt probably like someone who was terminally ill, and somehow they manage to forget it for a minute."

The special 75-minute finale was co-written by series creator David Chase.

Production on the fifth, perhaps last, "Sopranos" season begins in January, but answers must await its return to the air next fall.

(Frasier Moore, Associated Press)

'Oz' returns

HBO prison drama "Oz" returns for its final season Jan. 5.

(Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor)

Ready for prime time

Jon Stewart, the host of the late-night "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central, has signed a development deal with NBC for a sitcom that will begin in fall 2003.

Stewart will be the executive producer and co-writer of the series, which will star Stephen Colbert, a writer and correspondent on "The Daily Show."

(Associated Press)

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