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Author: Michael Imperioli, Steve Schirripa

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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.
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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
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”. Make sure to go to subscribe to the talking sopranos podcast where ever you get your podcasts and go to talkingsopranos.com to post questions for Michael and Steve. 
Episode #17 "Commendatori"

Episode #17 "Commendatori"

2020-07-2001:29:374

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.
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.
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. 
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.
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. 
Episode #12 "Isabella"

Episode #12 "Isabella"

2020-06-1501:29:504

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.
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.
Episode #10 "A Hit Is a Hit"

Episode #10 "A Hit Is a Hit"

2020-06-0101:58:5813

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.
Episode 9 "Boca"

Episode 9 "Boca"

2020-05-2501:32:4013

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.
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
Episode 7 "Down Neck"

Episode 7 "Down Neck"

2020-05-1101:46:5810

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.
Episode 6 "Pax Soprana"

Episode 6 "Pax Soprana"

2020-05-0401:23:0615

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.
Episode 5 "College"

Episode 5 "College"

2020-04-2701:11:4320

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.
Episode 4 "Meadowlands"

Episode 4 "Meadowlands"

2020-04-2001:31:2318

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.  
Episode 2 "46 Long"

Episode 2 "46 Long"

2020-04-0801:04:5621

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!
Episode 1 "Pilot"

Episode 1 "Pilot"

2020-04-0601:18:5055

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. 
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2020-02-2502:4510

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.
Comments (58)

Lianne Cole

you guys mention the boat owner next door's ridiculous outfit but, not how Tony asks, "do you have a problem besides those fucking pants!"

Jul 29th
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Daryl Bolton

Hey guys Daryl from Australia this is absolutely great for the sapranos I have all the DVD watched them a thousand times now I listen to your podcast episodes and then watch it great insight to the best tv ever made can't wait for when Christopher's gets made episode and family home movies every episode is great hey Michael 3 o'clock Steve you are great in blue bloods

Jul 22nd
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Phily boy 214 215 affiliated for life #FUCK RATS

AUDIO AUDIO AUDIO WTF PLEASE GET NEW MICS PLEASE !! IT SOUNDS LIKE A PHONE CALL ON THOSE HEAD SEATS AND STOP FITALING WITH SHIT

Jul 21st
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Phily boy 214 215 affiliated for life #FUCK RATS

GREAT SHOW GUYS BUT LETS FACE IT THE AUDIO IS ONE OF THE WORST IN THE GAME YOU GUYS WITH UR PAPERS ON THE DESK AND ALSO THE FUCKING ALARMS GOING OFF ON THE DOOR NOT EVEN 5000 SUBSCRIPTIONS IM KINDA A SHAME THAT I LOVE THIS PODCAST #PHILLYTRUTHALLLOVE

Jul 17th
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John Wilson

just finished the show a 2nd time through. really enjoying listening to the podcast now. keep up the good work, men.

Jul 13th
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Max Johnson

Get's better with each episode. I love Steve's honesty.

Jul 3rd
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Peter Fifield

Anthony Wayne was a general in the American Revolutionary War. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Wayne

Jun 29th
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JAXX FRANK ARAMMETTO

God bless your cousin Michael very sad situation we're all in. 🙏

Jun 24th
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Jacob Grant

Just finished your Pilot episode. Lots of cool information. Ya know, Sopranos has talent everywhere. All the actor/actress decisions were spot on. I can't imagine anyone except James playing Tony. Crazy to know who all it could've been. Loving the podcast!

Jun 18th
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Jacob Grant

Looking forward to this. Big Sopranos fan, found out about the podcast on JRE.

Jun 18th
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roisin healy

Absolutely love this podcast, great work guy's

Jun 15th
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Co B.

Tony's a villain

Jun 7th
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Blair Solomon

Beattle wigs🤣🤣🤣

May 27th
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Tony Scappaticci

Getting better by the week guys, this was a fantastic podcast that made me laugh hard, a tonic in these difficult times , keep doing what ya do😂

May 26th
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Rudy Sanchez

love this podcast! Thank you!!

May 25th
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Brenda Earleywine

i literally listen and watch the sopranos daily. I've been obsessed since it originally aired. I'm a super fan!

May 21st
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Kevin Davis

Loved the series.... it took. 3 weeks for me and my mom to watch it.. but it was worth it... sopranos 4ever

May 17th
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Darlene Ismail

Hi Michael & Steve...Greetings from Melbourne Australia! Really enjoying this podcast & look forward to it every week. I'm watching The Sopranos again...into season 4! Today I listened to episode 6 while out walking! Can't wait till next week! 👌👍

May 5th
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Peter Fifield

great episode, guys. nice way to start Monday. it is Monday, isn't? one correction: Alexander Hamilton was never US President. he was the first Secretary of the Treasury.

May 4th
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Tony Scappaticci

Fantastic show and the podcasts are shaping up to be something special also, great work , appreciated.

May 4th
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