The Sopranos actors Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa will be breaking down the show episode by episode in their upcoming podcast, to be released in April.
The show, created by David Chase, followed the story of mobster Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) trying to balance his family life with his life as the leader of a criminal organization. The series is widely regarded as one of the best television shows of all time.
Imperioli and Schirripa played the characters of Christopher Moltisanti, Tony’s cousin, and Bobby Baccalieri, Tony’s brother-in-law.
Talking Sopranos will discuss the show episode by episode, with the final episode discussing the ending that shocked audiences when it was first aired.
“I haven’t seen The Sopranos since the initial airing,” admits Imperioli in the podcast’s trailer.
Imperioli wrote and produced five episodes for The Sopranos: “From Where to Eternity” (Season 2, ep. 9), “The Telltale Moozadell” (season 3, ep. 9), “Christoper” (season 4, ep. 3), “Everybody Hurts” (season 4, ep. 6) and “Marco Polo” (season 5, ep. 8).
He states that Talking Sopranos will be “the definitive Sopranos podcast”.
The podcast will also feature interviews with former cast and crew members, as well as producers, writers and special guests. Fans can also send in their questions to be answered by Imperioli and Schirripa.
“You always kind of get stumped,” says Schirripa of the fan questions. “Some people have really good questions… besides what was the ending all about.”
“The fans should also know that the two of us remain really close friends,” adds Imperioli.
Imperioli won an Emmy award during his time on the show, for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
In an interview with ABC News last year, he admitted he almost didn’t take the role in the iconic series. “I was not blown away by the pilot,” he said.
Instead, he almost took a role in a Woody Allen film, Celebrity. “That would have been the dumbest mistake of my life,” he said.
He also shared his feelings on the shocking finale. “Everybody was pretty shocked. No one really expected it to be that abrupt, I think, and that ambiguous,” he stated.
He added that the cast members were divided on how they felt, upon viewing the finale at a cast party. “The room was kind of torn on whether they liked that or not.”
Chase will be releasing his much-hyped Sopranos prequel The Many Saints of Newark later this year.
The film will be set among the 1967 Newark riots. Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, Billy Magnussen, Ray Liotta, and Michael Gandolfini are slated to appear.
While Imperioli won’t be starring in the film, he hopes his character will make an appearance.
“It deals a lot with Christopher’s father,” he told Showbiz Cheat Sheet.
“I think there might even be a scene where Christopher’s born, or little Christopher as a toddler or something. I’m curious to see how that plays out, what it reveals about his child.”
Listen to the teaser for Talking Sopranos below.