Sopranos’ returns for sixth season

It’s about time.

“The Sopranos” is back with its sixth season, with the premiere airing this Sunday on HBO (channel 46 on Oceanic Time Warner Cable).

The usual suspects return, sans actress Drea De Matteo as Adriana (who has since moved to the sitcom “Joey.”) Tony (James Gandolfini) is still the silent tough guy who cheats on his wife and goes to therapy, and occasionally whacks somebody.

Carmela (Edie Falco), after being separated from Tony for a while, has taken him back.

Meadow (recently-single Jamie-Lynn Sigler) is Tony’s first-born. Remember when she was visiting all those Ivy League schools, before ultimately studying at Columbia? Meadow’s graduated now, and is in a relationship with an aspiring dentist, Finn.

A.J. (Robert Iler) is the youngster who hopes to become a party planner. What else is the youngest son of a mafia boss supposed to do? And who could forget Tony’s nephew, the heroine-addicted Christopher (Michael Imperioli)? His fiance, Adriana, was killed off, so there’s no telling what type of emotional ride he’ll be going on.

Or Dr. Melfi (Lorraine Bracco)? The man who raped her is out of jail.

Tony could take care of him if she wanted, but does she want him to? Junior (Dominic Chianese) continues his downward spiral into Alzheimer’s disease, all the while waiting for a retrial.

The last episode ran nearly two years ago, in June 2004, and to help refresh your memory, HBO leaders have been airing last season and a special “Making of ‘The Sopranos.’” Those will continue to air all the way up to the premiere this Sunday.

For an episode guide, updated “Sopranos” news, or to view previews and recaps, visit

Lanaly Cabalo, lifestyle writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 237) or


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