Looks like fans of HBO's "The Sopranos" can mark their calendars — the show's Web site is now saying, officially, that the final season will begin airing in April.
An HBO spokesman said last month that new episodes of the mobster drama would start April 8, but it's nice to have this extra little bit of confirmation. The show's final season was originally supposed to start in January until star James Gandolfini's knee surgery forced producers to reschedule.
Now it looks like everything is finally on track for the show to air its final nine episodes — a mere 10 months after the last new episode. That's actually a relatively short break for the show, which took 21 months off between seasons five and six. But fans whose memories of last season's action are already fading can take heart: HBO will re-air all 12 episodes from season six starting Jan. 15.