There is no denying the impact of The Sopranos on television. The HBO series was the first show from cable TV to be nominated for Outstanding Drama Series at the Primetime Emmy Awards and would go on to take home a nomination every single year it was eligible. Now the category is dominated by cable networks nearly every year.
We also saw many of the actors from the series honored with Emmy nominations, including six for James Gandolfini with him winning three times.
The sad news out of Rome that the 51-year-old actor passed away from an apparent heart attack had me bringing up some of his best work with The Sopranos. When you watch any episode of the iconic series, you are reminded very quickly just how special all of the performances were throughout the run of the show. Those episodes will always carry the legacy of Gandolfini, but I was reminded of very different proof of the show’s reach.
In January of this year, Saturday Night Live broke out their take on the show with ‘The Sopranos Diaries’, a take-off of the CW’s The Carrie Diaries. The role of a young Tony Soprano was played brilliantly by Bobby Moynihan.
Spoofing a show is nothing new, but how often can it be so effectively six years after the final new episode?!
As we all mourn the loss of such an incredible actor, take some time to reflect how big of an impact the character he created had on the entertainment industry (and have a few much needed laughs in the process).