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(Today)   Do you like Dexter? Walter White? Don Draper? Well, thank James Gandolfini, because he's the one who made them possible   ( divider line
    More: Hero, James Gandolfini, Mad Men, Tony Soprano, humans, Michael Chiklis, antiheroes, Dexter Morgan, Al Pacino  
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2013-06-20 10:34:32 AM  
2 votes:
Dennis Franz does not take kindly to your forgetting him.
2013-06-20 07:26:58 PM  
1 vote:

mechgreg: What I think the Sopranos did was make popular the concept that the lead in your show can be a totally selfish evil bastard (as opposed to the standard evil bastard with a heart of gold or the even bastard who wants redemption) and still be popular.

The Sopranos didn't simply popularize darkness in the lead character, it opened the door to a show being an almost pure character study. Most one-hour dramas prior tended to be ensemble pieces with a few main stars. Not the Sopranos. Though other characters became popular in their own right, The Sopranos was from the start to the finish a character study on one man. Had a great supporting cast, but this show was all about getting under the skin of one guy.  That is what it has in common with shows that followed like Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and Dexter.
2013-06-20 12:06:03 PM  
1 vote:
Thanklessness, it's what killed him.
2013-06-20 11:01:04 AM  
1 vote:
I...I can't believe The Great Gandolfini is really gone.

Damn it.
2013-06-20 10:31:30 AM  
1 vote:
Well, yes and no.  I would say a combination of James Gandolfini and Michael Chiklis.  Non-premium cable TV drama owes much of what it is today to The Shield, because it managed to put a premium cable TV quality show with the most adult of themes on a non-premium channel
2013-06-20 10:27:08 AM  
1 vote:
Nah, I'll thank lots of early drama TV that got pushed off by stupid sitcoms and game shows.

/NBC had a world-renowned orchestra. It now has The Voice
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