Airing just five days after we marked 25 years since The Sopranos premiered on HBO, series’ Lorraine Bracco and Michael Imperioli marked the anniversary at the 75th Emmy Awards.
“Speaking for Michael, myself and the entire cast and crew, it was an honor working with Sopranos creator David Chase and of course, the great James Gandolfini,” choked-up Bracco said to a thunderous applause.
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Bracco and Imperioli were standing in a replica of the therapist office from The Sopranos where Gandolfini’s Tony Soprano and Bracco’s Dr. Melfi held their sessions. A photo of the late Gandolfini was on the table.
“The moment Tony Soprano walked into this [office], doing the unthinkable, sharing his feelings with Dr. Melfi, television history was about to be made,” Emmy host Anthony Anderson said in introducing the segment.
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The Sopranos, created and executive produced by Chase, premiered Jan. 10, 1998. Considered one of the most influential TV drama series of the last few decades, the series centered on Tony Soprano (Gandolfini), a North Jersey-based Italian-American mobster, who tries to balance his family life with his role as the boss of the Soprano family.
The series earned 100 Emmy nominations and won 21 times over its six-season run.
Since The Sopranos ended ended in 2007 with one of the most discussed series finales in history, we lost several cast members, most notably Gandolfini and Tony Sirico.
Chase revisited the characters with the 2021 prequel film for Max The Many Saints of Newark, in which Tony Sopranos was played by Gandolfini’s son Michael.
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