Tony Soprano more than a memorable TV character

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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013 12:00 am

NEW YORK (AP) - James Gandolfini's portrayal of Tony Soprano represented more than just a memorable TV character. He changed the medium, making fellow antiheroes like Walter White and Dexter Morgan possible and shifting the balance in quality drama away from broadcast television.

The passage of time since "The Sopranos" ended in 2007 brought all of that into sharp relief even before Gandolfini's death of a heart attack while vacationing in Italy on Wednesday.

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