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Shocked and Saddened

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I was saddened this morning to hear about the sudden death of James Gandolfini in Italy, of an apparent heart attack. He was only fifty-one.

I don't recall that I ever met Gandolfini, though we may have been present at one or more HBO events over the past couple of years (those are large gatherings), but I was huge admirer of his acting. THE SOPRANOS was "must watch TV" for us every year it was on. A terrific show, with a terrific cast... Gandolfini first and foremost among them. It was the show that redefined drama on television, proving once and for all the audiences would gladly follow a flawed, grey, violent character, provided he was interesting enough. A ground-breaking show, an important show, it helped define HBO's "brand," and set the tone for many of the great HBO dramas to follow, including DEADWOOD, ROME, THE WIRE, BOARDWALK EMPIRE... and GAME OF THRONES.

Gandolfini was a fellow Jersey boy and Jets fan as well.

A huge talent. I never knew him, but I will miss him all the same.

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missmuffet
Jun. 20th, 2013 06:50 pm (UTC)
So shocking and sad. And YES The Sopranos was groundbreaking TV. Without it we would not have all of the brilliant cable television shows we do today. It opened the door for the premium move channels to start creating original programming and TV will never be the same. And that show's success owes a GREAT DEAL to the performance of James Gandolfini. He made it easy to root for someone who really didn't deserve it. He made complicated characters the norm and for that I am grateful. RIP.

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