My favorite TV Dad, after getting over Mr Cunningham and Ward Cleaver, became Tony Soprano. I'm a late adaptor of the series on HBO, fortunately it aged gracefully and was even a little bittersweet because we'd lost James Gandolfini by the time I got around to watching it. But if you've never seen the Sopranos and wonder why in the world I'd say he's a good Dad, you've got some catching up to do. He may have brutally murdered a few rival family members and had a hit put out on Adriana, but he went college shopping with Meadow which was deeply bonding, except for having to snuff a loose end while on the road. And he even apologized for laying his goon hand down on AJ, peacemaking with pizza and an atta boy. He was also a firm hand in the life of Christofah at times. So, this week in the wake of the release of the prequel to the Sopranos, The Many Saints of Newark, David Chase, the show's creator, revealed to the Hollywood Insider that he was surprised at how many fans were disappointed that they didn't get closure in the final episode of the Sopranos, peeved they didn't get to see Tony face down in his linguine because of the show's disturbing smash cut to Journey's 'Don't Stop Believing'. Chase says the first draft of Tony's ending was in a murderous meet cute with rivals while driving from Jersey to New York. But then he saw a little diner on his way into the city and decided that's where Tony would be snuffed. But still...erg, Journey.
The other great murderous Dad, Dexter, is back. The unsatisfying ending of that series will be resolved this Sunday on Showtime!! Love me some television Daddy Issues. Hey, nobody's perfect right?