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TV STUFF: No to 'Sopranos'

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:51am EST

New Jersey's Essex County has denied the award-winning HBO series "The Sopranos" a permit to shoot scenes in the area citing noise and traffic concerns, The Associated Press reports.

The ban looks to be permanent: County Executive James W. Treffinger said Saturday that he would never grant a permit for the series.

"I have no intention of granting a permit for our taxpayer-owned facilities for a profit-making enterprise which depicts an ethnic group in stereotypical fashion," Treffinger said.

So there.

NO MORE 'MADIGAN': Get ready for some bad news if you're a fan of Gabriel Byrne.

The actor's ABC comedy "Madigan Men" has been given the ax by the network, one week after the show was put on hiatus. The series, which airs Fridays, had wrapped production after 12 episodes, The Hollywood Reporter said.

'TIME' OUT: MSNBC has canned the talk show "Equal Time" hosted by former Clinton aide Paul Begala and Oliver North of the Iran-Contra scandal fame. The show will end next week.

North and Begala are said to be looking into other roles for the news network.

Have they tried "Dateline"?

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