HBO previews originals sked


With The Sopranos returning for its new season in September, the
show's creator and stars said the 16-month hiatus hasn't spoiled anything.

"Is it so bad you have to wait a few more months?" quipped actor Lorraine
Bracco, who plays mobster Tony Soprano's therapist.

With Sex and the City slated for summer, HBO pushed The Sopranos back
to fall.

Now, after Sex star Sarah Jessica Parker's pregnancy delayed
production and shortened the season, senior vice president of original programming
Carolyn Strauss mused: "Had we known then what we know now, we might have done
things differently."

For better or worse, The Sopranos, debuting Sept. 15, will go
head-to-head with the fall broadcast season.

HBO trotted out Sopranos creative genius David Chase and cast Friday
for TV critics gathered in Pasadena, Calif.

The pay network also took the chance to unwrap three upcoming original projects
for 2003.

Baseball Wives, heading into production in Miami come fall, gives a
glimpse into professional baseball from the perspective of players' wives.

The series premiere may be timed to coincide with the start of the Major League
Baseball season next spring, president of original programming Chris
Albrecht said.

A second upcoming original, Carnivale, will follow a traveling
carnival through Oklahoma in the 1930s.

Both series will have 13 episodes.

HBO Films' anticipated project, Angels in America, based on the Tony Award-
and Pulitzer Prize-winning play by the same name, is currently in production in
New York. The six-hour original may air as a miniseries, and it stars Al Pacino,
Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson.

In other news, HBO said Dennis Miller Live is ending its nine-year
play in August.