40 Crazy Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of The Sopranos
There were often long gaps in between seasons for a good reason
Many seasons wouldn’t follow the traditional pattern of when one season would end and the other would begin. Oftentimes there would be long gaps between seasons. This was actually for a good reason! David Chase was feeling burnt out between seasons. Even after everything wrapped, he barely got time off. He’d have postproduction work to do and, by the end of it all, got a mere two weeks off before getting to work on the next season. So, at the suggestion of Steven Van Zandt, Chase decided to forgo the typical 12-month season in TV and stretch things out a little longer to get some time off. This not only made fans wait a little bit longer in between seasons but also made the series ineligible for awards during certain years.