Next Season Last for Sopranos

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Pasadena, Calif. -- Home Box Office's successful hit series, The Sopranos, will most likely end its run after its
fifth season in 2003, according to the show's creator and executive producer,
David Chase.

Chase, speaking Friday at the Television Critics Association tour here, said the fifth
season will be his last as the show's producer.

Several cast members, including Sopranos star James Gandolfini, vowed
not to continue on with the critically acclaimed series without Chase.

The fourth season of The Sopranos premieres Sept.