Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa now dissect “The Sopranos” on Max.
The former series co-stars host podcast “Talking Sopranos,” which takes a look back at every episode of the beloved David Chase-led Mafia series. The podcast began in April 2020 with Imperioli and Schirripa re-examining the series with guest stars ranging from Lorraine Bracco to David Chase. The podcast ended a bestseller titled “Woke Up This Morning: The Definitive Oral History of ‘The Sopranos'” in December 2021 after 91 episodes. An expanded version of the podcast, including a bonus episode to prequel movie “The Many Saints of Newark,” now debuts on Max.
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Imperioli played Christopher Moltisanti, the cousin and confidant of Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), in the Emmy Award-winning HBO series. Schirripa later joined the cast as Bobby Bacala, Tony’s enforcer and later brother-in-law.
In “Talking Sopranos,” the hosts and special guests of the show’s cast and crew engage in lively conversation that breaks down each episode of the epic HBO drama. New specially streamlined and edited video versions of the podcast, now including clips from “The Sopranos”, are available as a series on Max and under the Extras tab of each corresponding episode of “Sopranos”.
In addition, all 86 episodes of “The Sopranos” will have companion episodes of “Talking Sopranos” and a special bonus episode for the movie, “The Many Saints of Newark: A Sopranos Story.”
Podcast co-hosts Imperioli and Schirripa have been confirmed to be working with “The Sopranos” creator Chase on a “mystery project,” as The White Lotus season 2 star Imperioli revealed in October 2022.
“We are currently writing a movie together for me and Steve Schirripa. It’s a mysterious project,” Imperioli said of working with Chase. “I can’t talk about it beyond that. David and I are writing it together. I can’t say what it’s about. But when it suits me, I come here. For someone else I come here to talk about it.’
Chase has a five-year WarnerMedia deal and shared that HBO executives were looking for him to “create another series of ‘Sopranos’ from the moment the movie ends to the moment the series begins” to create “Many Saints of Newark bridging with the beginning of “The Sopranos” set in 1998. At the time, Chase commented that the only way he would be open to the idea would be if Terence Winter co-wrote the script with him. HBO’s head of content Casey Bloys later dropped the idea of a “Sopranos” revival.
Watch the trailer for “Talking Sopranos” below.
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