Two more members of "The Sopranos" cast have signed deals to appear in the show's final episodes, but two prime wiseguys are still holding out.
Lorraine Bracco, who plays Tony's (James Gandolfini) therapist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi, and Aida Turturro, Tony's sister Janice, have each agreed to return for the final run of episodes, which is scheduled to begin in January. The cast's first script reading is set for next week.
Both actresses will be receiving sizable raises for the final episodes, which HBO is calling a continuation of the sixth season (the first 12 episodes ended earlier this month). According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bracco will earn about $220,000 per episode, while Turturro will get $130,000.
The trade paper also reports that Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Robert Iler have also finalized their deals to return, with each getting a per-episode salary in the low six figures.
Meanwhile, two of Tony Soprano's prime lieutenants, Steven Van Zandt (Silvio Dante) and Tony Sirico (Paulie Walnuts), are keeping up their holdout and threatening to quit the show if their demands for a raise aren't met. The two actors, who have the same manager, are asking for pay in the $200,000-per-episode range, the New York Post says.
Both have been a major part of the show throughout its run, and should it come to that, writing Silvio and Paulie out would be a tricky task.
Steven Schirripa, who plays Janice's husband Bobby, also has yet to sign, but the HR says he's expected to work out a contract before the table read next week.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times