New Sopranos Season Not Here Until 2006

07/23/2004 at 08:00 AM EDT

New Sopranos Season Not Here Until 2006
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Expecting to see The Sopranos come back for its final season next year? Fuhgeddaboutit.

Speaking to TV critics on Thursday, HBO chief Chris Albrecht said that this year's top series Emmy nominee (with 20) will not return until 2006, The Washington Post reports.

But Albrecht was quick to add that instead of 10 more episodes to wrap up the New Jersey Mob family saga, the 2006 season will carry as many as 13.

Furthermore, he said, it will be worth the wait. "It's like the Harry Potter book," said Albrecht. "You'll wait for the sequel and be very happy to get it."

Yet when one person reportedly dared to ask Albrecht if he thought another long hiatus might cause a loss of momentum, he gave her a curt "No" and a look of, "What are you, nuts?"

No explanation for the long delay was given.

On friendlier footing, Albrecht said that if Sopranos producer David Chase wanted to make more than 13 episodes for this upcoming final season, they would all be welcome on the pay-cable network (which, like PEOPLE, is part of Time Warner).

Meanwhile, when asked if the Sex and the City movie was definitely dead, Albrecht replied: "As far as I'm concerned."

Asked who might be to blame for that, he said: "You know who – Kim Cattrall. It's been reported many times."

Reps for Cattrall have repeatedly denied that the actress demanded script approval, which was one of the reasons cited for the death of the project.

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