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Episode #26 "Funhouse"
In our amazing Season 2 finale Michael and Steve welcome the one, and only “Big Pussy”, Vinny Pastore. He was a killer, a rat, a gangster and audiences absolutely loved him. Definitely one of the best episodes of the season. Vinny talks about what it was like to be on the best show of all time, and then get whacked at the end of season two. He was devastated at the time but ended up being the first Soprano to take on Hollywood. Vinny is a fantastic guest!
Then after months in the shop the Wing-O-Meter finally makes its historic debut.
After that Michael and Steve break down one of the most iconic Soprano’s episodes of all time. Never before had TV audiences seen a main character go out like this. Was it really the vindaloo or was Tony just sick about having to take out his best friend. It’s all in Talking Sopranos Episode #26 (Sopranos S-2 Ep #13) “Funhouse”. Make sure to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and visit talkingsopranos.com to ask questions and buy official merchandise.
|Sep 21, 2020|
Episode #25 "The Knight In White Satin Armor"
The evil Richie Aprile (David Proval) joins Michael and Steve for this week’s episode of Talking Sopranos. David is an emotional guest who talks about his incredible career, his big break with Martin Scorsese on Mean Streets, and how he got the gig on the Sopranos. He also shares an amazing story about his first audition with James Gandolfini, and how he used his anger and rage at the entertainment industry to create Richie’s Aprile’s character.
Michael and Steve also talk about actors and entertainers who worked their whole lives to become what seemed like an overnight success….It ain’t easy folks!
Then Michael and Steve break down this week’s episode which is definitely a shocker! Audiences were stunned when Janice pulled the trigger and lots to unpack 20 years later. Both David Proval and Aida Turturro deserved Emmys for this one. Don’t miss Talking Sopranos Ep #25 “The Knight in White Satin Armor”. Remember to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts, and go to talkingsopranos.com to ask questions, get official merchandise and hear Michael’s original music.
|Sep 14, 2020|
Episode #24 "House Arrest"
Guest Louie Lombardi (Agent Skip Lipari) joins Michael and Steve for this week’s amazing episode of Talking Sopranos. This is truly a family affair as Louie talks about growing up with Vinny Pastore, and how they both ended up on the same incredible show, playing opposite each other! He also knew Frank Pellegrino from the neighborhood who ended up playing his boss on the Sopranos. How crazy is that?
Then Michael and Steve break down another fantastic episode of TV’s greatest series. Tony is getting it from all sides as everything is starting to build up to the season two finale…Don’t miss Talking Sopranos Ep #24 “House Arrest”. Subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and please give us a good rating. Get your official Talking Sopranos merchandise and submit questions to Michael and Steve at talking sopranos.com.
|Sep 07, 2020|
Episode #23 "Bust-Out"
Michael and Steve are joined by John Ventimiglia (Artie Bucco) one of the Soprano’s most lovable characters. John talks about the early days with Michael and how he got his start in the business. Then he shares some stories about how he originally read for the role of Tony Soprano, his inspiration for the character of Artie and how he once sent an actor to the hospital sort of by accident.
Then Michael and Steve dig into this week episode which has some of the best acting of the series. Tony wrestles with the thought of spending life behind bars, Carmela almost makes a huge mistake with the wall paper guy and Richie attempts to make his big move with Junior. It’s all on Talking Sopranos Episode #23 “Bust-Out”. Remember to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and don’t forget to get your official Talking Sopranos merchandise at talkingsopranos.com
|Aug 31, 2020|
Episode #22 "From Where to Eternity"
This week on Talking Sopranos Michael and Steve take on one of the most memorable episodes of the Sopranos ever. This one is extra special for Michael because wrote it! Originally it was a spec script he created in between season one and two where Christopher OD’s. David read it, loved it, and thought it would work perfect in an episode where Christopher gets shot. The story is fantastic and there’s lots of inside info as Paulie Walnuts is haunted by ghosts from his past, and a vision of life after death. Didn’t his donations to the church cover all this? In one of the most powerful scenes of the entire series Tony confronts Melfi about his Italian heritage, honor, family and loyalty. As Christopher says to Carmela when she asks about the hospital drugs…It’s pretty f**cking good. S2 E9 of the Sopranos “From Where to Eternity” takes us to some crazy places. Make sure to check it out and please subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast where ever you get your podcasts. Also post questions for Michael and Steve and get your official Talking Sopranos merchandise at talking sopranos.com
|Aug 24, 2020|
Episode #21 "Full Leather Jacket"
Sopranos director and producer Allen Coulter joins Michael and Steve for this week’s exciting episode of Talking Sopranos. Allen is a Sopranos insider who directed 12 episodes and was the producer for 20 more. Allen shares his incredible story about how he got his very slow start in the business, and how his life was changed the day he met David Chase. He also talks about the challenges of working with James Gandolfini and of course the craziness of directing the one and only Tony Sirico.
Then the pundit is back piling on to his insane theory about the Sopranos. Now he has Michael and Steve second guessing themselves! Who the heck is this person and does this crazy theory have any merit at all?
Finally Michael and Steve break down this week’s episode which is a fan favorite. Who doesn’t love the way Richie Aprile says “The Jacket”. Lots of story, lots of incredible acting and lots to dig into in this episode. Talking Sopranos #21 “Full Leather Jacket” S2 E8 of the Sopranos. Make sure to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and for official Talking Sopranos merchandise go to talkingsopranos.com.
|Aug 17, 2020|
Episode #20 "D-Girl"
Let’s put one thing to rest, the end was the end…or was it? In this episode of Talking Sopranos Michael and Steve discuss some inside info about the famous cut to black, and the lengths David Chase went to confuse the public. Then they take on the film business and talk about some of the pros and schmos they’re met along the way. After that Michael and Steve dig into this week’s episode of HBO’s groundbreaking series. This was a big one for Christopher who has to decide if he wants to make his mark in Hollywood or with the Soprano crew. Big pussy is on his way out courtesy of the feds and Tony is caught in the middle. It’s Hollywood on one end, and a rat on the other in this exciting episode of Talking Sopranos S2 E7 “D-Girl”. Don’t forget to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast where ever you get your podcasts and visit talkingsopranos.com to ask Michael and Steve questions and get official Talking Sopranos merchandise.
|Aug 10, 2020|
Episode #19 "The Happy Wanderer"
This is a great one! Lorraine Bracco (Dr Melfi) joins Michael and Steve for a very special Talking Sopranos podcast. She reveals how David Chase originally wanted her to play Carmela, but she said it was Melfi or nothing. She talks about how she was absolutely blown away when she first saw The Sopranos pilot, and shares some crazy stories about what James Gandolfini used to do to her off camera.
This week the Pundit returns and Steve goes absolutely ballistic. Is there really anything to the theory that Tony actually dies in season one? It’s Steve vs the Pundit round 2. Then Michael and Steve break down this week’s episode. Tony is now running the executive card game but when an old friend loses big, things are definitely headed down a bad road. Talking Sopranos Episode #19 "The Happy Wanderer", Sopranos S2 E6. Don’t forget to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and post questions for Michael and Steve at talkingsopranos.com
|Aug 03, 2020|
Episode #18 "Big Girls Don't Cry"
This is an exciting episode with Terry Winter. He talks with Michael and Steve about how he got his start in the business, how he came up with many of the ideas for the show and writing the script for The Wolf of Wall Street. It’s a great interview! Then a second special guest joins the show as Michael and Steve reminisce about their love of baseball. In a crazy moment they discover they may have actually crossed paths at a famous game over 50 years ago.
Then Michael and Steve breakdown this week’s amazing episode. This was the first shot with Federico Castelluccio (Furio) and you have you hear how at 4:30am on day one he absolutely knocked it of the park…..literally. The guys discuss how big questions are starting to arise for Tony Soprano and Christopher’s incredible James Dean. It’s all on Talking Sopranos #18 S2 E5 “Big Girls Don’t Cry”.
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|Jul 27, 2020|
Episode #17 "Commendatori"
Michael, Steve and the infamous fat suit take on this week’s episode of the Sopranos. This one was shot in Italy and Tony Sirico, aka Paulie Walnuts, had more than a few issues dealing with the Italian people, the food and the bathrooms. Michael tells the story of how he was completely hung over and almost missed the plane and did David Chase actually got robbed in Naples? Then Michael and Steve breakdown this week’s episode and talk about what it’s like to appear on network talk shows both US and abroad.…It’s all on Talking Sopranos #17 “Commendatori” Season 2 Ep 8 of HBO’s groundbreaking series. Make sure to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts. Don’t forget to visit talkingsopranos.com to post questions for Michael and Steve.
|Jul 20, 2020|
Episode #16 "Toodle-F**king-Oo"
Evil has arrived and its name is Richie Aprile! In this episode Michael and Steve get into the dramatic appearance of this season’s villain and Meadow’s insane house party. They discuss how Tony is now getting it from all sides. Janice is conniving her way through the family, Meadow is playing the Mob boss like a fiddle and Melfi is now using Tony as her therapy. Watch out Beansie the car is in high gear it's headed for you. Plus Michael and Steve talk about what it’s like to audition for a gig and some of their funniest hits and misses. It’s all on this week’s episode of Talking Sopranos #16 S2 Ep3 Toodle-F**king-Oo. Make sure to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and check out some of Michael’s music at TalkingSopranos.com.
|Jul 13, 2020|
Episode #15 "Do Not Resuscitate"
A double barrel episode! Bobby Bacala makes his first appearance on the series and Sopranos Costume Designer Juliet Polcsa joins Michael and Steve for some incredible conversation. Juliet talks about fitting Steve for the infamous fat suit, how an ill-fitting costume got James Gandolfini in just the right mood and how Tony Sirico’s hair, of course, defined his clothes.
Then Steve talks about his first day on set and how Michael may, or may not, have high hatted him. The s**t is going to hit the fan in this week’s episode as it’s now confirmed that Big Pussy is a rat, Janice and Livia are locked in an evil chess match and Tony is caught in the middle. Don’t miss Talking Sopranos Episode #14 “ Do Not Resuscitate”. Remember to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and keep those questions coming at talkingsopranos.com.
|Jul 06, 2020|
Episode #14 "Guy Walks Into a Psychiatrist's Office"
Michael and Steve take on the Season 2 Premiere ….and this episode does not disappoint. The Sopranos series is getting bigger, there are more characters, more plot twists and more downright evil for Tony Soprano to deal with. His best friend might be a rat, indictments are coming down, his uncle and mother tried to have him killed, his crazy insane sister is coming, his goomah, his wife wants him back in therapy….It’s insanity! All this plus Michael and Steve share stories about how it all started, their first jobs and how they originally got into show business. Make sure to check out Talking Sopranos episode #14 “Guy Walks Into a Psychiatrist’s Office”. Remember to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get you podcasts and keep those questions coming at talkingsopranos.com.
|Jun 29, 2020|
Episode #13 "I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano"
Emmy award winner Edie Falco (Carmela) joins Michael and Steve for the exciting Talking Sopranos season one finale. Edie talks about how she got her start in the business, her first thoughts about the Sopranos script, and how she thought she had absolutely no chance at the role of Carmela. She also reminisces about all the fun she had on the set, the show’s amazing success and what it was like to work with James Gandolfini. Then Michael and Steve breakdown the incredible finale of season one. Make sure to check out Talking Sopranos S1 Ep13 “I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano”. Remember to keep your questions coming for Michael and Steve at Talkingsopranos.com.
|Jun 22, 2020|
Episode #12 "Isabella"
This one is a shocker in more ways than one. Michael and Steve discover an outlandish theory about Tony Soprano. They also talk about the ridiculous Paulie Walnuts anthrax scare, Steve’s views on assassination and what movies influenced their lives. Michael and Steve also remember James Gandolfini and talk about when they first heard the devastating news about his death. This episode is packed with tons of inside info about the script and the production of one of the Sopranos wildest episodes. Was it a dream, was it the lithium or have we all been fooled for 20 years! The secret lies with “Isabella” Season 1 Episode 12 of Talking Sopranos. Keep those questions coming for Michael and Steve at talkingsopranos.com and remember to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts.
|Jun 15, 2020|
Episode #11 "Nobody Knows Anything"
Steve and Michael reveal a story about how Tony Sirico was horrified when he saw the script for this episode. He complained to David Chase who changed a line about Paulie Walnuts. Then Michael and Steve are joined by director Henry Bronchtein. He explains how he shot the amazing scene with Detective Makazian plunging to his death and the dramatic moments between Tony and “Big Pussy”. Who was telling the truth, who was the rat? Even Henry and Vinny Pastore didn’t know for sure. This is a wild one and the title tells it all….This week Talking Sopranos takes on “Nobody Knows Anything” Season 1 Episode 11 of greatest TV series ever! Thanks for all your support and keep those questions coming at talkingsopranos.com.
|Jun 08, 2020|
Episode #10 "A Hit Is a Hit"
Casting directors Georgianne Walken and Sheila Jaffe join Michael and Steve to talk about how they cast James Gandolfini, Steven Van Zandt and the rest of the Sopranos characters. They also share stories about Tony Sirico, Aida Turturro and how Jerry Stiller almost became Hesh. Then Michael and Steve breakdown this week’s episode which was a break out for Drea de Matteo. It’s all this and more on Talking Sopranos Episode #10 “A Hit is a Hit”. Go to Talking Sopranos.com to post AMA questions for Michael and Steve and don’t forget to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts.
|Jun 01, 2020|
Episode 9 "Boca"
This week Michael and Steve take on the Sopranos S1 Ep 9. Michael tells how David Chase brought in a retired mobster to help the writers develop the concept for this episode. He also shares a crazy story of a night that got completely out of control when he and John Ventimiglia (Artie Bucco) sublet an apartment from a real duke in NYC. Steve gives new meaning to the term “Beatle Wig” and explains why real mobsters won’t do what Junior Soprano is so good at. Then Michael and Steve head into the mouth of the rat and breakdown all the secrets buried in this episode. Don’t miss Talking Sopranos episode #9 “Boca”, and remember to keep the questions for Michael and Steve coming at talkingsopranos.com.
|May 25, 2020|
Episode 8 "The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti"
Jamie Lynn-Sigler tells Michael & Steve how she got the role of Meadow Soprano, what it was like to work with James Gandolfini and her amazing time on the groundbreaking HBO series. She talks about how she originally thought the Sopranos was a musical and asked David Chase if he needed her to sing at the audition? Then Michael and Steve breakdown the Sopranos S1 Ep 8 “The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti”. Michael talks about how this episode was a turning point for his character and his first thoughts on the script. All this and much more in this episode of Talking Sopranos. Make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts and send questions to Michael and Steve at talkingsopranos.com
|May 18, 2020|
Episode 7 "Down Neck"
Guest Robert Iler (AJ Soprano) joins Michael and Steve to talk about working with James Gandofini, his incredible time on the Sopranos, and being a professional poker player. Did he really shave his eyebrows in season 5? Then Michael and Steve break down the Sopranos S1 Ep 7. They discuss the flashback to 1967 and some of the David Chase’s interesting music choices. Tony tells Melfi he was always proud to be Johnny Soprano’s son but was it Livia who was the real gangster? It’s all in this this week’s episode of Talking Sopranos #7 “Down Neck”. Go to talkingsopranos.com to ask questions and more.
|May 11, 2020|
Episode 6 "Pax Soprana"
A Talking Sopranos exclusive! Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa read all new lines written by HBO series creator David Chase for the Soprano’s characters as if they were in quarantine. Then Michael and Steve breakdown this week’s episode discussing Junior’s move to the big chair, Tony’s love for Melfi and whether Livia is now pulling the strings. They also discuss what some of the Sopranos actors were really like off screen. Is Edie Falco as good a cook as Carmela and was Jim Gandolfini really more Birkenstock then gangster? It’s all in this episode of Talking Sopranos #6 “Pax Soprana”. Go to talkingsopranos.com to ask questions and more.
|May 04, 2020|
Episode 5 "College"
Sopranos S1 Ep 5 – Michael and Steve breakdown one of the most incredible Soprano’s episodes ever. This was the one HBO was worried about and David Chase had to fight for what he felt had to be done. Plus what the heck is the deal with Father Phil. Talking Sopranos #5 “College”. Remember to subscribe and send your Ask Me Anything” questions to Michael and Steve at talkingsopranos.com.
|Apr 27, 2020|
Episode 4 "Meadowlands"
Sopranos S1 Ep4 - Guest Michael Rispoli (Jackie Aprile) talks to Steve and Michael about how he almost landed the role of Tony Soprano and his on-going friendship with James Gandolfini. Then Michael and Steve breakdown Episode 4 and tell stories of the cast’s infamous Eckle awards. What does the dream sequence actually mean, how is Tony putting Melfi’s advise to work and what was it really like to work with Dominic Chianese? It’s all in this episode of Talking Sopranos #4 “Meadowlands”. Remember to subscribe and keep those questions coming at Talkingsporanos.com.
|Apr 20, 2020|
Episode 3 "Denial, Anger, Acceptance"
It’s tough to be a mobster. You have to worry about getting whacked, getting pinched, your wife, your family, your goomah…Who would want the job! In this episode Steve and Michael talk about the gangster lifestyle and all the complicated problems that come with being a wiseguy. Steve reveals some fascinating real life stories about the mob as Michael begins to unfold the shades and tones of Christopher’s character.
Then they unpack the episode weaving in stories of drunken parties with the Soprano’s cast and Paulie’s quirky obsessions. The deviations are the destinations as scene by scene Steve and Michael take us through “Denial, Anger, Acceptance” and the inside story of the Sopranos. Make sure submit your Ask Me Anything questions at Talking Sopranos.com.
|Apr 13, 2020|
Episode 2 "46 Long"
Michael and Steve open the books and discuss the intricacies of how this incredible show was made. What it was like on set, read throughs, tone meetings and David Chase’s incredible attention to detail. Michael talks about the moment he realized the show was going to be a hit and what it was like working with the amazing cast. Then, Michael and Steve break down the episode scene by scene giving us some backstory on the main characters and their thoughts about the script. There’s another Ask Me Anything segment and lots of history about the cast. Don’t forget to submit your questions to talkingsopranos.com. Enjoy!
|Apr 08, 2020|
Episode 1 "Pilot"
Welcome to the premiere episode of Talking Sopranos! Michael and Steve go back to the beginning and talk about how they got involved in this ground-breaking series. They discuss their initial thoughts about the show and their first auditions with David Chase. They’ll share some of their favorite stories about the cast and give us an inside look at what was going on behind the scenes. Then Michael and Steve break down the Pilot episode of this iconic series scene by scene. They discuss the little details, their favorite moments and give us a unique POV on what it all means. Plus our first Ask Anything Me Segment and more than a few surprising moments. Don’t forget to submit your questions at TalkingSopranos.com. Enjoy Sopranos Fans, this is only the beginning!
Sopranos co-stars Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa host the definitive Sopranos re-watch podcast. Michael and Steve follow the Sopranos series episode by episode giving fans all the inside info, behind the scenes stories and little-known facts that could only come from someone on the inside. Talking Sopranos also features interviews with additional cast members, producers, writers, production crew and special guests. Along with talking about the Sopranos, Michael and Steve will also share candid conversations about the entertainment business, their friendship and all the folks they’ve met along the way. This is a must listen for all Sopranos fans.
|Apr 06, 2020|
Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa team up to bring you the definitive Sopranos re-watch podcast. Check out a sneak peek of Talking Sopranos premiering this April. The Books are Finally Open.
|Feb 25, 2020|