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HBO plans Sopranos on-demand marathon

121107_0632_sopranos1Premium US cable network HBO is launching all seasons of its groundbreaking mobster series The Sopranos on-demand following renewed interest in the series after the death of its lead actor, James Gandolfini.

Gandolfini unexpectedly passed away on June 19, sparking a wave of tributes for his role as Tony Soprano, the conflicted mafia boss in the hugely acclaimed HBO series.

HBO said yesterday that it will make all episodes of the show available to its subscribers on its HBO On Demand service.

One season will be launched a month with the first series available throughout July.

The Sopranos ran for six seasons on HBO between 1999 and 2007 and stretched to 87 episodes in all.

HBO also said it has scheduled a rerun of Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq, the one-off documentary about wounded soldiers returning from the Iraq war, which was exec produced by Gandolfini. The one-hour doc will go out this Thursday at 7pm.