Matt Buckler: Ending to 'The Sopranos' remains a popular topic of conversation

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Jun. 11—Some people claim it was one of the greatest show finales in TV history.

Others have an opposing opinion — it was one of the most disappointing endings.

The bottom line — people are still talking about the series finale of "The Sopranos," which aired on Home Box Office 14 years ago today.

To refresh your memory — after all, it was 14 years ago — the Soprano family, led by Tony Soprano, is assembling in a Jersey restaurant for onion rings with the song "Don't Stop Believin'" playing in the background.

Then as Tony's daughter comes into the restaurant, the scene turns to black for 10 seconds and the series is over. We had to guess what happened because we never saw it.

I thought it was the ultimate copout — the writers couldn't think of a good way to end the series so they came up with a non-ending, ending.

Looking back after 14 years, however, it appeared that the show's creator David Chase knew what he was doing — the finale is still a conversation piece.

Everyone has their own opinion of what happened after the screen went black — either Tony got knocked off, Tony got arrested, or there was an attempt to knock off Tony — the ending has its own immortality.

People claim they wanted closure on "The Sopranos" and they didn't get it.

That doesn't seem to be a drawback, however. Instead, it seems to be the show's greatest strength.

They are still talking about the finale on its 14th anniversary and they'll be talking about it 14 years from now in 2035.

The New York Post says it was the finale that shook the world.

And it's still shaking.

Toobin returns

After CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin got caught exposing himself during a Zoom call, it looked like there was a good chance we would never see him again. It turns out, however, that we were wrong — Toobin is making a comeback on CNN, the network that he was working for when the incident happened.

CNN announced Thursday that it is bringing Toobin back to its roster.

Toobin has apologized, calling what he did "deeply moronic."

"I an incredibly grateful to CNN for taking me back," Toobin said in an interview with CNN's Alisyn Camerota.

This is a country of second chances. And Toobin is getting one.

'Bachelor' replacement

Chris Harrison is one of those TV personalities who gets bounced off the air after an unacceptable incident and may never return.

Someone, however, has to host "The Bachelor," and Daily Variety is reporting that finding a replacement for Harrison is not a high-priority right now.

ABC isn't going to be rushed and a permanent host isn't expected to be named until the newest "The Bachelor" premieres in January.

Usually when there's a search to replace a high-profile host such as Harrison, there are a lot of candidates that are being floated around.

That isn't the case with "The Bachelor." There haven't been many suggestions.

Perhaps there's a logical reason — "The Bachelor" is the one show where the contestants are the drawing cards, not the host.

Ted TV

Ted the bear has something in common with Toobin — he is making a comeback too. Peacock, the streaming channel for NBC, announced that it has signed a 10-episode deal to bring Ted back to TV. The TV show is based on the 2012 movie.

Seth MacFarlane, who brought Ted to the movie screen, will serve as writer and executive producer.

That means two things — it will be funny. And it also will be raunchy.

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