Monday will mark one year since the last original episode of “The Sopranos” premiered. Now all fans have to do is wait nine more months for the next new episode.

HBO says the sixth, and probably last, season of the Emmy-winning mob drama will debut in March 2006, two years after season five debuted and 21 months after that season’s finale, which aired June 6, 2004. The new season has been in production for a little over a month.

Creator David Chase has said the gap between episodes will be mirrored in the show, with action picking up about two years after the death of Adriana (Drea de Matteo) and the raid on New York mob boss Johnny Sack’s (Vincent Curatola) home that nearly ensnared Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) as well.

Fox pops for more ‘American Dad’

“American Dad” is in no immediate danger of becoming an absentee father.

Fox has ordered 13 more episodes of the animated comedy co-created by “Family Guy’s” Seth MacFarlane, which will make for a full season of the show in 2005-06. The new batch will be added to a previous order of 19 episodes, bringing Fox’s total commitment to 32.

The network had already ordered extra scripts beyond the original 19 episodes, the showbiz trade papers report, so production on the new episodes can begin fairly quickly.

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