It's been nearly a year since the last season of The Sopranos ended, and Michael Imperioli is ready to get back to work when Season 6 begins production on April 29. In fact, said the actor known for his role as Christopher, he'd be willing to do a seventh season as well, and he suggested Tuesday that series creator David Chase might be up for more episodes as well. Though Chase has said that the forthcoming season will be the last for the popular HBO series, Imperioli reminded reporters during a conference call that Chase had said the same thing about the fifth season as well. ''I heard a month ago that we were doing a seventh season, and then I heard we're not doing a seventh season,'' he said. ''The last time I saw David, he was on the fence.''
The nice thing about the long break between seasons, Imperioli said, is having the security of knowing the Sopranos role is waiting for him while having enough time for side projects like his upcoming four-episode stint on Law & Order. He'll be working the right side of the law this time as Det. Nick Falco, who'll briefly replace Jesse L. Martin's Ed Green as the show's junior plainclothesman. (Martin is taking a break to reprise the role he created on Broadway in Rent in the currently shooting screen version of the hit musical.)
As for the possibility of additional Sopranos seasons, Imperioli said, ''Would I like it to go on? Yeah. As long as the stories are good, I could do it for another few years.'' Of course, he doesn't know how long Christopher (or any of the other characters) can survive without getting whacked, as with the memorable demise of Christopher's snitching fiancée Adriana (Drea De Matteo) last season. ''I've always thought the story's going to end tragically for all of us,'' the actor said. ''I don't think it's gonna be pretty.''