TV Talk

TV Talk: David Chase Responds to Sopranos Controversy

Plus, the Breaking Bad barrel is back.

by | August 28, 2014 | Comments

This week in TV news, David Chase stirs up a Sopranos storm and FX makes a clown of Zach Galifianakis. Plus, Netflix acquires The Blacklist, Showtime makes Ray Donovan changes, and Breaking Bad brings back the Blu-ray barrel!

David Chase responds to Sopranos chatter.

On Wednesday, the internet went into full-on tizzy mode over the Vox article that definitively declared Tony Soprano as not dead after years of speculation. Since then, Chase has responded that Tony Soprano is not-not dead. “To simply quote David as saying, ‘Tony Soprano is not dead,’ is inaccurate,” a representative of Chase’s said in a statement. “There is a much larger context for that statement and as such, it is not true. As David Chase has said numerous times on the record, ‘Whether Tony Soprano is alive or dead is not the point.’ To continue to search for this answer is fruitless. The final scene of The Sopranos raises a spiritual question that has no right or wrong answer.” And so, while The Sopranos has been over for seven years, it’s clear that its final question will live on and on. See Vox’s response to Chase here.

FX orders clown comedy from Louis C.K. and Zach Galifianakis.

FX has given a 10-episode order to Baskets, a comedy pilot by Louis C.K. (Louie), Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover), and Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia). Galifianakis will play Chip Baskets, who after studying at a prestigious clown conservatory in Paris, can only land a gig at the local rodeo in his hometown of Bakersfield, CA. “Zach Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel have created an absolutely brilliant show,” said FX’s Eric Schrier. “To say Zach’s portrayal of the lead character Chip Baskets is hilarious/unique/riveting/fascinating would be an understatement. We can’t wait for the world to meet him.” Production for Baskets will begin next year for a 2016 launch. It marks the first project under FX Productions’ overall deal with Louis C.K.’s Pig Newton production company.

The Breaking Bad barrel is back.

It’s a big week for Breaking Bad fans. First, the show swept the Emmys, taking the statues for Best Drama, Lead Actor, Lead Actress, and Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. And now, IGN has reported that the Breaking Bad barrel is back. AMC and Sony Home Entertainment are re-releasing Breaking Bad: The Complete Series on Blu-ray, which comes in a nifty commemorative “barrel” and includes all 62 episodes of the series, 55 hours of special features, and a two-hour documentary. This time around, the collection — in addition to a Los Pollos Hermanos apron, a 16-page collectible booklet, and a commemorative Breaking Bad challenge coin designed by Gilligan himself — also includes a preview of Better Call Saul on a 4GB flash drive that looks like a matchbook. The Breaking Bad barrel is available for pre-order on Amazon now and will ship Oct. 28.

Netflix acquires Blacklist for $2 million an episode.

Deadline.com reported the biggest deal in per-episode TV-streaming history this week, sharing the news that Netflix will acquire the NBC hit series The Blacklist from Sony Pictures TV for $2 million an episode. Rumors have it that Netflix will start streaming season one next weekend, and that future seasons should be available shortly after each Blacklist season finale. According to Entertainment Weekly, Sony TV will also sell the series to broadcast and cable networks for syndication. Season one of The Blacklist is Certified Fresh at 82 percent, and season two will return to NBC on Sept. 22.

Ray Donovan showrunner Ann Biderman is stepping down.

A week after the news that Showtime is renewing Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan for third seasons, the word is out that Ray Donovan showrunner Ann Biderman will not be helming season three. Ray Donovan writer/exec producer David Hollander is expected to take Biderman’s place as showrunner, with Biderman sticking around as a creative consultant. Changes in showrunner won’t impact the remainder of the current season, which is already finished with shooting and currently in post-production. Season two is currently 78 percent on the Tomatometer.

Tag Cloud

movies YouTube Red GoT suspense Disney Plus 73rd Emmy Awards crime NBA interviews book Arrowverse Thanksgiving HFPA Sci-Fi legend talk show Cannes MTV APB twilight scene in color film series A24 TBS IFC Films Heroines Showtime Lifetime Christmas movies blaxploitation Photos game show Trailer Shudder TNT rt archives canceled TV shows true crime Epix Turner Classic Movies BET Awards award winner news dc Interview 2017 Ghostbusters boxing Creative Arts Emmys Black History Month Fall TV President medical drama sequels die hard The Arrangement leaderboard Pixar cancelled TV series thriller festivals MCU anime Sony Election HBO 99% Hallmark Christmas movies Best and Worst National Geographic 21st Century Fox critics nature Super Bowl razzies Sundance Now Apple TV Plus Animation Masterpiece animated Oscar facebook 93rd Oscars mission: impossible Legendary binge Comic-Con@Home 2021 video on demand japan spider-man Toys Nickelodeon comiccon Emmys Best Picture American Society of Cinematographers Shondaland docudrama Brie Larson 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Spring TV X-Men TV One Star Trek miniseries Christmas Hulu docuseries Nominations social media Year in Review witnail HBO Go FX on Hulu Spectrum Originals halloween 2019 Calendar Box Office NYCC Trivia name the review Awards Tour nbcuniversal Chernobyl remakes know your critic Focus Features Rocky Film Festival cults basketball CBS Hollywood Foreign Press Association fresh adenture jurassic park renewed TV shows screen actors guild Travel Channel green book VICE Discovery Channel The Walking Dead criterion First Reviews cartoon Geeked Week Sundance TV slasher trailers spider-verse Disney E3 Martial Arts Mary Poppins Returns Disney streaming service canceled feel good Drama Fox News Best Director Cartoon Network christmas movies Hear Us Out aliens TCA Avengers golden globes football El Rey Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Mary poppins video archives San Diego Comic-Con scorecard mutant ABC Signature Netflix Christmas movies NBC BBC One war kong rotten movies we love comic books Freeform stoner discovery cancelled Chilling Adventures of Sabrina spain scary movies dexter Cosplay batman zombies Premiere Dates FXX art house kaiju AMC 24 frames serial killer RT History summer TV mob biography Amazon doctor who The CW Lionsgate WarnerMedia streaming politics The Witch technology AMC Plus 45 olympics Character Guide CBS All Access live action Rocketman PBS cinemax Star Wars Celebration heist movie ABC Family sitcom USA Network target asian-american OWN Captain marvel pirates of the caribbean Red Carpet Broadway DirecTV live event hispanic heritage month vampires Tags: Comedy Polls and Games new york scary Amazon Prime Video Mindy Kaling Universal TV renewals Indigenous Hallmark hispanic cancelled television SXSW aapi Vudu spanish spy thriller Mystery ABC Acorn TV emmy awards king kong Bravo 2021 Syfy Starz Video Games Winter TV 71st Emmy Awards Nat Geo Reality Competition hidden camera Musicals Writers Guild of America wonder woman franchise Tumblr boxoffice SundanceTV DC Universe revenge godzilla venice stand-up comedy hollywood based on movie DGA Winners series independent international Best Actress Pirates french LGBTQ child's play Tubi 4/20 latino Native Family Tokyo Olympics DC Comics golden globe awards Reality period drama Britbox posters Music blockbusters Marathons rt labs critics edition Pop werewolf romantic comedy Peacock foreign sequel justice league ESPN Prime Video summer preview Women's History Month A&E fast and furious rom-coms Spike 2015 Pacific Islander Western trophy YouTube dark prank Apple TV+ mcc italian 90s quibi 20th Century Fox Television Academy films Opinion The Purge Television Critics Association Teen Action japanese Amazon Prime superman black Elton John ITV singing competition casting Exclusive Video Musical dceu BBC America monster movies Marvel zombie RT21 crime drama Fox Searchlight critic resources VOD Paramount laika Ellie Kemper Tarantino TLC dramedy movie parents TV movies SXSW 2022 Biopics OneApp genre concert cops BBC Summer science fiction comedies Columbia Pictures Dark Horse Comics comic book movies cancelled TV shows Rom-Com YA Disney+ Disney Plus Rock young adult game of thrones crossover CW Seed toy story teaser Best Actor all-time Comedy Grammys disaster Paramount Network documentary Funimation psycho First Look BAFTA Wes Anderson Baby Yoda Academy Awards cars Mary Tyler Moore Sony Pictures Lifetime australia jamie lee curtis Tomatazos zero dark thirty LGBT marvel comics versus Food Network supernatural strong female leads psychological thriller children's TV YouTube Premium Horror Apple MSNBC Marvel Studios Fargo IMDb TV Set visit obituary slashers Lucasfilm what to watch breaking bad ViacomCBS Netflix a nightmare on elm street PlayStation obi wan adaptation 1990s Alien new star wars movies women south america Pet Sematary popular Pop TV Holidays adventure Paramount Plus Paramount Pictures Superheroe Warner Bros. scene in color VH1 MGM royal family rotten festival 79th Golden Globes Awards worst target scene in color Neflix Sundance joker Logo composers Kids & Family Black Mirror indie TCA Winter 2020 sports screenings vs. streaming movies worst movies crime thriller unscripted sag awards spanish language cooking TruTV summer TV preview comics DC streaming service lord of the rings stop motion Star Wars CMT comic book movie The Academy best dragons Esquire travel universal monsters black comedy 94th Oscars satire Film Comics on TV 007 Image Comics TV Podcast robots natural history directors Binge Guide FX Valentine's Day Fantasy Song of Ice and Fire CNN TCA Awards Endgame dogs toronto IFC Countdown E! Disney Channel theme song 2018 hist sopranos Quiz Awards marvel cinematic universe classics Crunchyroll james bond mockumentary Superheroes television reviews documentaries chucky action-comedy broadcast richard e. Grant Watching Series Amazon Studios comic Instagram Live TCA 2017 2016 elevated horror New York Comic Con Trophy Talk Infographic blockbuster superhero Comic Book Anna Paquin Turner indiana jones rt labs See It Skip It TCM historical drama debate ghosts Comedy Central SDCC 72 Emmy Awards WGN TIFF Crackle Mudbound Emmy Nominations transformers Pride Month free movies BET Universal Pictures Walt Disney Pictures police drama cats harry potter finale Classic Film The Walt Disney Company 2020 Extras reboot FOX Ovation biopic PaleyFest HBO Max Country Marvel Television Oscars ID spinoff scene in color series new zealand GLAAD ratings History space South by Southwest Film Festival political drama diversity Adult Swim Schedule Sneak Peek nfl romance tv talk Stephen King telelvision TV Land gangster king arthur Certified Fresh halloween tv Holiday anthology book adaptation saw kids USA high school streamig dreamworks deadpool GIFs