The fat lady sings for 'Sopranos'

PASADENA -- "The Sopranos" is fini after this season -- really. David Chase, creator and executive producer of the HBO hit series, assured critics Friday at the Television Critics Assn. winter press tour that he won't be coaxed back for more after the 20 episodes he is working on are completed. "That will be the end," Chase said. "Definitely." The previous season of "Sopranos" was intended to be the final episodes, but HBO managed to lure Chase back for more. Twelve new episodes unspool in March, followed by the final eight episodes in January 2007. Chase even scotched the perennial speculation that HBO could produce a theatrical version of the show.