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Bada bing! Mob reappears on HBO.

Byline: Mark Baker The Register-Guard

Are you ready? Did you wake up this morning with a blue moon in your eyes?

Then you better fire up the stove and make some Sunday gravy. Or maybe a bowl of ziti al forno - baked ziti with little meatballs for those of youse lost in translation.

The Sopranos are back.

Bada bing!

The fifth season of Home Box Office's blockbuster, award-winning hit begins tonight at 9 p.m. It's been 15 months since Tony and the rest of his New Jersey crew left us, but "Sopranos" fans have gotten used to the show disappearing like a bloated corpse with cement feet. There was also a 15-month hiatus between seasons three and four. Hey, it takes time to make groundbreaking, smash hits as fine as Italy's finest red wine.

So now that Ralphie's lost his head and Tony and Carmela have voiced their, ahem, differences, it's time to let the stiffs fall where they may.

Rumor has it that a major character gets whacked in this season's fourth episode. Let's just hope whoever it is has some work lined up. Can you say "The Handler?"

Joining stars James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, Lorraine Bracco and the rest of the cast this season is Steve Buscemi, he of "Reservoir Dogs" and "Fargo" fame. Buscemi, who has directed previous episodes in the series, including the classic "Pine Barrens" episode, will play Tony Soprano's cousin, Tony Blundetto.

After all, what's a mob show without a bunch of wiseguys called "Dony?"

So sit back, tuck your napkin in, pour yourself a glass of red, and relax.

Are we right or are we right? Capisce?

THE SOPRANOS

What: Fifth season of HBO's blockbuster mob drama

When: 9 p.m. today

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James Gandolfini stars as Tony Soprano.
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Date:Mar 7, 2004
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