The Sopranos Fades to Black Dec. 31 on CTV



    - The Sopranos' Final Nine Episodes Air Uncut and Uncensored,
    Beginning Dec. 21 -

    "They had gleefully watched (Tony) rob, kill, pillage, lie and cheat.
    They had cheered him on. And then, all of a sudden, they wanted to see
    him punished for all that. They wanted justice. The pathetic thing, to
    me, was how much they wanted HIS blood, after cheering him on for eight
    years."
    - David Chase on fans of The Sopranos

    TORONTO, Nov. 29 /CNW/ - CTV viewers will end the year with the end of
The Sopranos. CTV announced today that one of television's most controversial
series finales ever will air on New Year's Eve when the final episode of The
Sopranos airs Monday, Dec. 31 at 10 p.m. ET. It is the final episode in a
two-week Sopranos Mob-a-Thon wrapping up the series' sixth and final season in
its conventional television premiere. Beginning Friday, Dec. 21, The Sopranos
will air uncut and uncensored over nine nights, concluding with the epic final
episode as the series fades to black on New Year's Eve.

    The Sopranos Mob-a-Thon runs nightly from Dec. 21 - 23 and Dec. 26 - 31
at 10 p.m. in all markets across Canada on CTV. Once again, viewers will be
appropriately warned in advance of the mature and explicit content found in
The Sopranos.

    (xx) Media Note (xx) Download new photos from The Sopranos at ctvmedia.ca

    With Tony (James Gandolfini) and Carmela (Edie Falco) back together and
Johnny Sack in prison, Season 6 of The Sopranos continues as Tony faces a new
set of stresses. Tony must make life-altering decisions at home and deals with
pressure from the law and trouble on the job that leaves no one - no one -
above suspicion.

    "This December, CTV viewers will get the opportunity to see for
themselves how the series that changed the face of television comes to its
controversial end," said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and
Channels, CTV Inc.

    Once again, CTV pushes television boundaries as the only conventional
broadcaster to deliver The Sopranos uncut and uncensored to its viewers. In
September 2000, CTV scheduled The Sopranos against the Summer Olympic Games
and made the series the most-watched show of the night on every single
occasion it aired. CTV has subsequently aired each of the following seasons
uncut and uncensored in primetime.

    After being nominated for a record 15 Emmy Awards this September, Season
6 (Part 1) of The Sopranos took home the prize for "Outstanding Drama Series,"
"Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series" and "Outstanding Writing for a
Drama Series." Part 2 of Season 6 (Part 2) of The Sopranos also won "Best
Drama" and the prestigious "Heritage Award" at the TCA Awards in July.

    The Sopranos stars three-time Emmy(R) winners James Gandolfini as Tony
Soprano and Edie Falco as Tony's wife Carmela, plus Lorraine Bracco as
therapist Dr. Jennifer Melfi, Emmy(R) winner Michael Imperioli as Tony's
nephew Christopher Moltisanti, and Dominic Chianese as Uncle Junior. Also on
hand for Season 6 are regulars Robert Iler as Anthony Soprano Jr., Jamie-Lynn
Sigler as Meadow Soprano, Tony Sirico as Paulie Walnuts, and Steven Van Zandt
as Silvio Dante.

    CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the
number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is
the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada's
premier multi-media company which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail. CTV
Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national
specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and in Dome Productions, a North American
leader in the provision of mobile high definition production facilities. More
information about CTV may be found on the company website at www.ctv.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Amanda Rinaldo, CTV Inc., (416) 332-5325 or
arinaldo@ctv.ca; Laura Heath, CTV Inc., (416) 332-4633 or lheath@ctv.ca


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