CHML musings: singing the praises of The Sopranos

CHML mid-morning host Bill Kelly called Friday to talk about the 20th anniversary of The Sopranos. The landmark HBO series launched in January of 1999. Did we fagetaboutit? Fagetaboutit! The two Bills agreed that the late, great James Gandolfini had a lot to do with the success of the series. While others may have been… Read on

VIDEO: did The Sopranos change television? Don’t you Fagettaboutit

It was 20 years ago today that The Sopranos grabbed TV by the Paulie Walnuts. In January of 1999, executive producer David Chase’s groundbreaking drama about a mob boss, his shrink (Dr. Melfi, played by Lorraine Bracco) and his two “families” took the antihero into a whole new direction.  Emmy winner James Gandolfini kicked down… Read on

Winter may be coming, but CBC’s Summer Games beat CTV’s Game of Thrones

CTV’s gambit to blunt CBC’s Rio Summer Olympic Games coverage with their broadcast premiere of Game of Thrones is off to a bloody start. In Monday’s head-to-head matchup, CBC’s primetime Olympic coverage drew an overnight, estimated 2,021,000 viewers vs. the 667,000 who watched the very first episode of the sword-and-sandal fantasy epic. It was about the… Read on

James Gandolfini 1961 – 2013

HBO Canada has been rerunning The Sopranos lately and I have found myself drawn right back in to episodes I have seen two, three, four times already. The main reason? James Gandolfini. His performance as Tony Soprano remains one of the great achievements in television. News of his sudden death–I learned in a car getting… Read on

Sopranos Swear-athon an Effin’ Scream

Miss The Sopranos but don’t have time to re-watch the entire series? Hate watching it censored on A&E? Re-live every effin’ F-bomb in this 27 minute compilation featuring every curse word ever uttered on the series. Somebody actually took the time to sit down and zero in on every curse. Effin’ unbelievable. the sopranos, uncensored.… Read on