‘Sopranos’ Premieres, City Life Pauses

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Alan Alda tells the story — or at least we're pretty sure we've read someplace that Alan Alda tells the story — that he first realized the tremendous cultural significance of M*A*S*H when he went driving in Los Angeles during the broadcast of its famous farewell episode in 1983: The freeways, in that pre-VHS era, were empty. We can report that at about 8:30 last night, a half-hour before the final Sopranos premiere and usually a prime burgers-and-beer hour, you could walk into the Corner Bistro and immediately be seated.

Related: The Loneliest Soprano [NYM]
Earlier: Daily Intel's coverage of The Sopranos.