Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa dissect “The Sopranos” now on Max.
The former series co-stars host the “Talking Sopranos” podcast, which looks back on every episode of the beloved mob series directed by David Chase. The podcast began in April 2020 with Imperioli and Schirripa revisiting the series with guest stars ranging from Lorraine Bracco to David Chase. The podcast concluded in December 2021 after 91 episodes a bestselling book, titled “Woke Up This Morning: The Definitive Oral History of ‘The Sopranos'”. An expanded version of the podcast, including a bonus episode on the prequel film “The Many Saints of Newark,” is now debuting on Max.
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Imperioli played Christopher Moltisanti, the nephew and confidant of Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), in the Emmy-winning HBO series. Schirripa later joined the cast as Bobby Bacala, Tony’s enforcer and later brother-in-law.
“Talking Sopranos” features the show’s hosts and special guests cast and crew in lively conversation breaking down each episode of HBO’s epic drama. New, specially simplified and edited video versions of the podcast, now including excerpts from “The Sopranos”, are available as a series on Max and under the extras tab of each corresponding “Sopranos” episode.
Additionally, all 86 episodes of “The Sopranos” will be accompanied by “Talking Sopranos” episodes and a special bonus episode for the movie, “The Many Saints of Newark: A Sopranos Story.”
Podcast co-hosts Imperioli and Schirripa are confirmed to be collaborating with ‘The Sopranos’ creator Chase on a ‘mystery project,’ as ‘The White Lotus’ Season 2 star Imperioli revealed in October. 2022.
“We’re writing a movie together right now for me and Steve Schirripa. It’s a mystery project,” Imperioli said of his collaboration with Chase. “I can’t talk about it beyond that. David and I Let’s write it together. I can’t say what it’s about. But when it comes out, I’ll come here. Before anyone else, I’ll come here and talk about it.
Chase has a five-year contract with WarnerMedia and shared that HBO executives were looking for him to create “another ‘Sopranos’ series from the end of the movie to the start of the series” to tie together “Many Saints of Newark” with the debut of “The Sopranos” in 1998. At the time, Chase noted that the only way he would be open to the idea would be if Terence Winter co-wrote the screenplay with him. HBO’s chief content officer Casey Bloys later shut down the idea of a “Sopranos” revival.
Check out the “Talking Sopranos” trailer below.
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