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175 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
Episode #65 "Long Term Parking"
It’s another fantastic episode with two amazing guests. First up, the legendary Peter Bogdanovich talks about how he started out as an actor in NYC and what gave him the bug to start directing. He shares stories about his friendship with Orson Wells, how he cast Tatum O’Neil in the Last Picture Show and of course how he ended up on the Sopranos. Peter became friends with David Chase who asked him to play the role of Melfi’s psychiatrist. He also directed Michael and Steve in Sentimental Education S5-Ep6 of the Sopranos. Next Marianne Leone joins the podcast. Michael worked with Marianne on Goodfellas and the two remained friends ever since. She is a lot of fun and shares some great stories about her days on the Sopranos and how Federico Castelluccio restored a painting of her grandparents. Then Michael and Steve get into one of the most surprising and dramatic episodes of the entire series. Michael and Drea both won Emmys for their performances as well as Terry Winter for the screenplay. Tim Van Patten was nominated for directing. This is a great one…Talking Sopranos S5-E12 “Long Term Parking”. Make sure to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and go to talkingsopranos.com for official merchandise and to ask Michael and Steve questions.https://www.talkingsopranos.comhttps://www.betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://www.scoremaster.com/talkinghttps://www.stamps.com
159 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
Episode #64 "The Test Dream"
This week Michael and Steve welcome Sopranos writer and producer Matt Weiner to the podcast. Matt was an award-winning writer on the Sopranos but also created the incredible TV series Mad Men. He is a fascinating person and in 2011 he was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. This is a candid and emotional interview where Matt talks about his difficult early days, working with David Chase and Jim’s passing. Then Michael and Steve break down this week’s episode which Matt wrote. It’s a crazy one that definitely needs some explaining. Along the way Steve reads his living obituary which includes an intro to the Steve Motherf**ks the world video. He also busts Michael’s chops about where he shops and the fact he has never been to Cosco. Michael also tells a great story about how he and Steve went to Jamaica and tried to get into Hedonism but were denied. Check out Talking Sopranos Ep #64 “The Test Dream” S5-Ep11. Make sure to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and go to the Talking Sopranos website to ask questions and buy official merchandise. https://www.talkingsopranos.comhttps://www.betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://www.untuckit.comhttps://www.cbdmd.com
158 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Episode #63 "Cold Cuts"
It’s another exciting double barrel episode with two fantastic guests. First up Richard Portnow talks about his life as an actor and an amateur boxer. He also talks about the days he used to run into Tony “Junior” Sirico in the clubs of New York City. Over the years Richard has worked with some of the biggest names in the business and shares who he likes and who he doesn’t. Originally the character of Melvoin was only cast in one episode, but Richard brought so much to the role the writers kept him on as a reoccurring character. Then Suzanne Shepherd joins the podcast. Suzanne played Carmela’s mother in the Sopranos, Lorraine Bracco’s mother in Goodfellas and Steve’s mother in Bluebloods. She was also a finalist to play Livia on the Sopranos but was happy to see Nancy Marchand own that role. After that Michael and Steve get into this week’s episode which is all about anger and revenge. Check out Talking Sopranos #63 “Cold Cuts” S5 – EP10. Make sure to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and go to the Talking Sopranos website to ask Michael and Steve questions and buy official Talking Sopranos merchandise. Plus check out Michael’s Band Zopa live August 14th at the Mercury Lounge in NYC.https://www.talkingsopranos.comhttp://www.mercuryeastpresents.com/mercuryloungehttps://bluechew.comhttps://www.betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://www.boxofawesome.comhttps://www.scoremaster.com/talking
170 minutes | May 31, 2021
Episode #62 "Unidentified Black Males"
Celebrity Superfan Alec Baldwin joins Michael and Steve this week on Talking Sopranos. Steve and Michael have always said no one comes on the podcast unless they were directly involved in the making of the Sopranos. Well we’re going to break that rule for Alec, and we’re going to break it again with the Talking Sopranos Superfan Contest! In order to thank our fans for voting for us for the Webbys, Michael and Steve are going to invite a few lucky fans to join them on the podcast. Just go to the Talking Sopranos website and click the Superfan Contest link to enter. Tell us a little about yourself and why we should have you come on the podcast. We’ll pick a few lucky fans to join a future episode. https://talkingsopranos.com Then before getting into this week’s episode, Michael and Steve try to rank Sopranos characters by wealth….Tony? Johnny? Who do you think has the most scratch? After that Michael and Steve break down this week’s episode, S5 – Ep9 “Unidentified Black Males”. Make sure to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos YouTube channel. Go to our website to ask Michael and Steve questions, buy Merchandise and enter the Talking Sopranos Superfan contest. https://www.betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://www.omahasteaks.comhttps://www.untuckit.comhttps://www.getsunday.com/talking
148 minutes | May 24, 2021
Episode #61 "Marco Polo"
It all begins with a big THANK YOU to all our fans for voting Talking Sopranos the best podcast in Television and Film at the Webbys! Then Michael and Steve take on one of the best episodes of the entire Sopranos series. They also welcome guests Leslie Rae Bega (Valentina La Paz) and Joe Lisi (Dick Barone). Leslie is a fascinating woman who not only is an incredible actress, but an extremely successful real estate agent and accomplished chef. She tells us the story of her life, her career and how she ended up on the Sopranos. She also talks about how she got the role of Valentina, and what it took for her to give that character real personality. When Leslie was hired she knew there would be some nudity involved but things did get a bit more graphic then she expected. Over all it was an amazing experience and she has many fantastic stories to tell. After that Michael and Steve welcome Joe Lisi to the podcast. Joe tells us how he went from real NYPD captain to TV and film actor. He said he made more money in one day playing a police captain on TV than he did in a whole week as a real captain. He also tells us the real story of a celeb who went to buy coke, signed autographs for the undercover cops and ended up in cuffs. Joe is the real deal. Finally Michael and Steve break down S5 – Ep8 “Marco Polo”. This is one that Michael wrote so he has lots of really interesting inside info. He tells great stories about the script, the production and what went on behind the scenes. It’s another fantastic episode of Talking Sopranos! Don’t forget to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and visit the Talking Sopranos website to ask Michael and Steve questions and buy official TSP merchandise.https://www.talkingsopranos.comhttps://www.betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://www.joinhoney.com/talkinghttps://www.untuckit.comhttps://www.cbdmd.com
173 minutes | May 17, 2021
Episode #60 "In Camelot"
The one and only Steven Van Zandt joins Michael and Steve this week on Talking Sopranos. Little Steven talks about his early days with Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny and of course the Sopranos. David Chase, the Sopranos creator, saw Steven induct the Rascals into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and asked him to audition for the show. Steven’s answer was “thanks but no thanks”. Eventually he did come around and was actually cast as Tony Soprano. But it was HBO who nixed the whole idea, they wanted someone with more on-screen experience. Steven had already been working on a script about a wise guy named Silvio Dante. David liked it so much he wrote the character into the show. But just when Steven thought he had found his new career, Bruce called and wanted to put the E-Street band back together. Crazy story and a great interview with a man who starred on one of the greatest TV shows in history and plays guitar in one of the greatest rock and roll bands in history. Then it’s Happy Birthday Mr. Tony Soprano as Michael and Steve break down episode #60 “In Camelot” S5-Ep7. Make sure to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts, and visit the Talking Sopranos website to ask Michael and Steve questions and get official merchandise. https://www.talkingsopranos.comhttps://www.betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://www.hellofresh.com/talkingsopranos12https://www.getsunday.com/talking
156 minutes | May 10, 2021
Episode #59 "Sentimental Education"
Paul was a member of the SUNY Purchase Mafia and talks about his college days with Edie Falco, Hal Hartley and Wesley Snipes. He originally auditioned for the role of Mikey Palmice, but after his audition David Chase asked him to read for Father Phil. Strangely, Paul’s real life dad was a bit of a flawed priest himself so Paul knew exactly how to play that part. Then Jason Minter joins the podcast. Jason started out as the locations manager for the Sopranos but David Chase quickly took him on as his own personal assistant. Jason saw the entire Sopranos operation from the inside out. He knew what was going on before the actors, producers or directors did. When someone on staff leaked secrets about the show, Jason was the one who did some digging to figure out who it was. Turns out the guilty party was making hundreds of thousands of dollars selling story lines to the tabloids. After that Michael and Steve break down this week’s episode. It was directed by Peter Bogdanovich and a big one for both Steve Buscemi and Edie Falco. Check out Talking Sopranos #59 “Sentimental Education” S5 -Ep6. Make sure to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos YouTube channel and go to the Talking Sopranos website to ask Michael and Steve questions and buy official merchandise. https://www.talkingsopranos.com
144 minutes | May 3, 2021
Episode #58 "Irregular Around the Margins”
VOTE TALKING SOPRANOS THE BEST PODCAST IN FILM AND TV AT THE WEBBY AWARDS! Click the link below or go to https://www.talkingsopranos.com to Vote. Voting is open until May 6th. http://bit.ly/3goJBEf This week on Talking Sopranos Michael and Steve welcome Maureen Van Zandt (Gabriella Dante)to the podcast. Maureen shares stories about her days with Jimi Hendrix, Tony Sirico, the Beatles and growing up in a Mafia family. She also talks about how Georgianne Walken asked her to audition for the part of Gabriella. She thought it would be weird if she got it, or didn’t get it but in the end was the perfect choice for the role. Then Michael and Steve go through some of the weird phone numbers they have plugged in their phones. Steve has lots of priests, celebs and an old hooker named Grandma Gums….maybe Great Grandma Gums by now. After that the guys get into this week’s episode which was a big one for Michael. It’s one of the two episodes that HBO submitted to the Academy for his Emmy win. Michael and Drea are absolutely fantastic in this episode and Michael talks about all their scenes in detail. Check out Talking Sopranos Ep #58 S5 – Ep 5 “Irregular Around the Margins”. Don’t forget to subscribe to the Taking Sopranos podcast wherever you get podcasts and go to the Talking Sopranos website to ask Michael and Steve questions and get official Talking Sopranos merchandise.https://www.talkingsopranos.com
158 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Episode #57 "All Happy Families"
**VOTE TALKING SOPRANOS THE BEST PODCAST IN FILM AND TV AT THE WEBBY AWARDS!Go to https://www.talkingsopranos.com to Vote. Direct Link to Film and TV category at http://bit.ly/3goJBEfVoting is open until May 6th so VOTE NOW! This week Michael and Steve welcome Todd A. Kessler (writer/producer) to the podcast. Todd is a really interesting guy who wrote 4 episodes of the Sopranos and produced 20 more. He’s a Harvard grad who met David Chase when he was 24 and started writing for the show at 25. He had a great run on the Sopranos until David decided the show would be better off without him. It was a huge blow for Todd and he tells us what James Gandolfini told him the night he left the show. After the Sopranos, Todd went on to become the co-creator and show runner for the very successful series Damages. Then Michael and Steve breakdown this week’s episode. In this one AJ talks Carmela and Tony into letting him spend the night in NYC. He ends up with his face glued to the floor and his eyebrows shaved off. Michael and Steve have a few things to say about this debacle, raising kids and our beloved school system. It’s another fantastic episode of Talking Sopranos #57 “All Happy Families” S5-E4. Don’t forget to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and go to the Talking Sopranos website to buy official merchandise and ask Michael and Steve questions.https://www.betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://www.hellofresh.com/talkingsopranos12
166 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
Episode #56 "Where's Johnny?"
Matt kicks things off with a really interesting story about how a girl and a trip to Italy changed him from a D1 lacrosse player at BC to an actor in NYC. How Georgianne Walken caused him to lose one job, but then got him the gig of a lifetime on the Sopranos. He also shares stories about his first day on set and his audition where he got a rare pat on the back from David Chase. Then Chris Caldovino joins the podcast. Chris followed Terry Winter from NY to LA and was the only other client of Terry’s fake agency. When Chris was hired for the Sopranos he got the role of Billy Saragusa…But after one day the writers changed his name to Billy Leaotardo and that’s the way it stayed. Chris may be the only person killed by Steve Buscemi in two different shows! BTW ever since the Milton Berle huge cock episode we've been getting a lot of e-mails and Steve is finally going to set the record straight about who’s packing in Hollywood. The Golden Poddy awards have been released and you’ll be surprised at what Talking Sopranos has been nominated for. It’s all this week plus the episode breakdown of “Where’s Johnny?” on Talking Sopranos Ep #56 S5-E6. Make sure to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and go to the Talking Sopranos website to ask questions and buy official Talking Sopranos merchandise.
166 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
Episode #55 "Rat Pack"
This week Oksana Lada (Irina Peltsin) and Carl Capotorto (Little Paulie Germani) join Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa for another amazing episode of Talking Sopranos. Oksana doesn’t do a lot of interviews so it’s a real pleasure to hear how she’s doing. She looks exactly the same as she did 20 years ago and just as much fun. Then Carl Capotorto joins the podcast and shares some stories about the Sopranos he has never revealed before. He talks about how he auditioned for Ralphie four or five times but didn’t get the part. Then after Ralphie was cast, Georgianne Walken called him back and asked him to audition for the part again! Eventually Joe Pantoliano was cast as Ralphie and was brilliant. Carl also talks about the first time he met Tony Sirico and how Tony thought Carl was stealing his look! After that Michael and Steve get into the episode but get sidetracked with a few crazy stories about the Rat Pack and Napoleon’s penis….well…I guess you just have to hear it. It’s a great episode with lots of juicy info. Talking Sopranos Ep #55 S5 - Ep2 “Rat Pack”. Make sure to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and go to the Talking Sopranos website to ask questions and buy official merchandise. https://www.talkingsopranos.comhttps://www.betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://www.audible.com/talking
151 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
Episode #54 "Two Tonys"
Will is a great guest and shares some hilarious stories about his life, the business and of course the Sopranos. He tells us about how his mother prepared him for his Sopranos audition, and how nervous he was the first day on set. He also shares a really funny story about smoking pot right before one of his scenes, and how he got through it….totally baked. He also talks about how shocked he was he first read the script where Finn catches Vito in the parking lot. He thought his character would get killed or worse and was totally up for it. Before breaking down this week’s episode Michael and Steve recap the body count through the first 52 episodes. There were 48 deaths so far and the bodies will continue to pile up as some big names are about to join the cast…. Steve Buscemi (Tony Blundetto), Frank Vincent (Phil Leotardo) and Robert Loggia (Feech La Manna) all make their first appearance in the season 5 premiere. It’s a great episode and a fantastic way to kick off season 5. Talking Sopranos S5 – Ep1 “Two Tonys”. Make sure to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and go to the Talking Sopranos website to ask questions and buy official Talking Sopranos merchandise. https://www.talkingsopranos.com
145 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
Episode #53 "Whitecaps"
This week on Talking Sopranos Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa welcome a real legend. Frankie Valli (Rusty Millio), singer, songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee joins the podcast. In an extremely revealing interview, Frankie talks about growing up on the mean streets of New Jersey, and how without music, many of his friends may have ended up dead, in the mob or in jail. He also shares how he developed a close relationship with Frank Sinatra and why it all went south. He also talks about how much he loved being on the Sopranos, and was actually willing to put his entire singing career on hold for a regular part. This is absolutely a fantastic interview. Then Michael and Steve get into one of the best episodes from the entire Sopranos series….Whitecaps. This is one of Michael’s favorite episodes and at 72 minutes long, like a mini movie. James Gandolfini and Edie Falco are simply spectacular as we watch their marriage fall apart right before our eyes. World class acting, an Emmy award winning script and award winning directing. Possibly one of the best episodes of TV ever! Don’t miss Talking Sopranos S4-Ep13 “Whitecaps”. Make sure to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and visit the talking sopranos website to ask Michael and Steve questions or buy merchandise.https://www.talkingsopranos.comhttps://www.Betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://www.brightcellars.com/talkinghttps://www.getsunday.com/talking
127 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
Episode #52 "Eloise"
Can you believe Michael and Steve are almost finished with four seasons of Talking Sopranos? This week they kick things off by talking about what it’s like to pitch a TV show, movie, or book. The arduous process of selling to executives and how many hurdles you have to go through to get a project produced. It’s amazing anything ever gets made! They also share a few of their biggest hits and misses. Looking back maybe that show for Playboy may not have been the best idea…. Then did you know Michael is an actor, writer, producer, director and inventor. He has a few patents pending but let’s say those patents may be pending for quite a while. Not sure how he has time for all this….and the “Steve Motherf**ks the world” video. After that the guys get into this week’s episode and Tony and Carmella’s marriage is definitely starting to fall apart. Carmella is constantly dreaming about Furio, Furio is dreaming about killing Tony, and Paulie is dreaming of a big switch. BTW is Paulie so cheap that he couldn’t pick up the tab for the old ladies? There’s a great story about how Tony Sirico had a problem with Paulie strangling Minn Matrone because he thought it made him look bad. He complained to David Chase and they had him smother her to death instead. It’s all this week on Talking Sopranos S4 – Ep 12 “Eloise”. Make sure to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and go to the Talking Sopranos website to buy merchandise and ask Michael and Steve questions. https://www.talkingsopranos.comhttps://www.betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://www.privateinternetaccess.com/talkingsopranoshttps://www.womply.com/sopranos
162 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
Episode #51 "Calling All Cars"
Peter Riegert (Assemblyman Zellman) joins Michael and Steve for this week’s episode of Talking Sopranos. Peter is both an Oscar and Emmy nominee known for his work on Animal House, The Mask, Oscar, Barbarians at the Gate, Crossing Delancey and so much more. He talks about how he got into the business and his first TV job on M*A*S*H. He also shares what it was like to work with John Belushi and the entire cast on Animal House. Peter originally auditioned for the role of Elliot Kupferberg on the Sopranos but completely blew the audition. He didn’t get the part but David called him a year later to play Assemblyman Zellman. Peter shares some incredible stories about working with James Gandolfini and how he supported him in a way most actors would not. Then Michael and Steve get into the episode but keep getting sidetracked with stories of ghosts, aliens, squid and UFO’s. They definitely don’t see eye to eye on the world beyond but do agree this is an incredible episode. Lots of fantastic inside info is revealed in Talking Sopranos “Calling All Cars” S4-Ep11. Remember to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and go to our website to buy merchandise and ask Michael and Steve questions.https://talkingsopranos.comhttps://www.betterhelp.com/talking
154 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
Episode #50 "The Strong, Silent Type"
This week Michael and Steve welcome both Alla Kliouka (Svetlana Kirilenko) and Robert Funaro (Eugene Pontecorvo) to the Talking Sopranos podcast. First up it’s Alla Kliouka who played Svetlana, one of the most memorable characters of the series. She talks about what it was like to be a successful actress in the Soviet Union and how the Sopranos was her first real US gig. When she auditioned for David Chase she walked into the room as Svetlana and completely blew everybody away. She also shares how she found out she was going to have sex with Tony Soprano at the table read, and how props made that famous leg disappear. Then Robert Funaro joins the podcast and reveals how he was originally hired to play Ralphie. That didn’t go as planned so the writers switched gears and created Eugene just for him. He also tells Michael and Steve that just when he thought everything was going so well, he got the “Good News Bad News” call from David Chase. Robert also shares how the stunt coordinator pulled off his final scene, and what equipment was used to make it look so real. After that Michael and Steve share some crazy stories about Milton Berle’s huge….. and Michael’s weird thoughts on the Bermuda Triangle. Plus the episode breakdown of “The Strong, Silent Type” S4 – Ep10. Make sure to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and go to the Talking Sopranos website for new merchandise. https://talkingsopranos.comhttps://www.betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://www.Privateinternetaccess.com/talkingsopranos
156 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
Episode #49 "Whoever Did This"
This week Michael and Steve welcome two exciting guests. Al Sapienza who played Mikey Palmice, and Dan Grimaldi who played both Philly and Patsy Parisi. First up Al talks about how he got his start in the business. Did you know he played Ringo in Beatlemania on Broadway? Then he shares how a relationship with Jason Alexander got him the audition for the Sopranos. For Al, Mikey Palmice was the role of a lifetime and he was devastated when he heard he was getting whacked. He tried to talk David out of it, but in the end kept a positive attitude and went on to build a brilliant career after the Sopranos. Then professor Grimaldi joins the podcast. Dan actually has a PhD in data processing and still teaches at Kingsborough Community College. When Dan originally got out of grad school he went to work for Bell Labs and absolutely hated it. After only a week on the job he decided to quit and realized acting was the life for him. When Michael was young he used to love a horror movie called “Don’t Go In the House” which starred Dan Grimaldi. Then years later when Michael landed his first role in a professional play it was Dan who ended up playing his father. Strange… Then Michael and Steve get into the episode which was a big one for Joe Pantoliano. Joe won an Emmy for this season and sent this episode to the academy for consideration. Michael was also nominated that year and talks about what it’s like to win, and lose at the Emmys. There’s a lot in Talking Sopranos episode #49 “Whoever Did This” S4 - Ep9. Make sure to subscribe the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts, and go to the Talking Sopranos web site to ask questions and get official merchandise. https://www.talkingsopranos.com
137 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
Episode #48 "Mergers and Acquisitions"
This week on Talking Sopranos it’s another double header! Michael and Steve welcome both Angelo Massagli and Arthur J. Nascarella to the podcast. First up it’s Angelo Massagli, Bobby Baccalieri III and Steve’s on-screen son. Angelo talks about what it was like to be part of the Sopranos at age 10. How David Chase always made him feel so important and how he helped Angelo even after the Sopranos was over. Angelo’s parents wouldn’t let him watch the show when it aired, but he recently watched the series for the first time and shares his thoughts. Next up it's Steve and Michael’s good friend Arthur Nascarella. Arthur was a 21 year veteran of the NYPD and shares how that experience prepared him for a life on-screen. He auditioned for a number of roles on the Sopranos and finally hit gold with Carlo Gervasi. Arthur shares some amazing stories about how he met James Gandolfini and what he found in his dressing room the first day on set. Then Michael and Steve get into this week’s episode which has one of Steve’s favorite lines from the entire series. Tony says I can’t take Ralphie’s girlfriend “I already took his horse” Ouch. But that’s nothing compared to the story about Ralphie and the cheese grater. It’s a lot to take in and another fantastic episode of Talking Sopranos, Ep #48 Mergers and Acquisitions S4 - Ep8. Don’t forget to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and go to the Talking Sopranos website to ask questions and buy merchandise. https://www.talkingsopranos.com
131 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
Episode #47 "Watching Too Much Television"
In this episode Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa try something new. They invite Sopranos Celebrity Super Fan Pete Davidson, star of SNL and The King of Staten Island to the podcast. Steve always said he wouldn’t have anyone on the podcast who wasn’t part of the show but Pete is a huge Sopranos fan. He has seen the entire series 10-15 times, knows everything about the show and even has an awesome Bada Bing tattoo to prove it. Pete is a fantastic guy and absolutely loves talking about the Sopranos. He tells us about his favorite episode, favorite villain and after all his extensive research what he thinks happened in the end. Michael and Steve also talk to Pete about how he got his start in comedy, SNL and his hit movie The King of Staten Island. Then Michael pulls out some old casting notes from Marco Polo, a show he wrote. When he was pre-producing the episode, casting was looking for someone to play Dr. Russ Fegoli. They started by going through the original casting notes for Bobby Bacala Sr. and Uncle Junior. Michael kept the actual documents and tells us who’s on the list and all the comments associated with each actor. It’s fascinating! After that Michael and Steve get into this week’s episode. Paulie is out of jail and complaining, Adrianna thinks she has a way out from under the Feds and Tony’s old goomah ends up in a very unlikely place. It’s all this week on Talking Sopranos #47, “Watching Too Much Television” S4-Ep7. Make sure to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts, and visit the talking Sopranos website to ask Michael and Steve questions and get official merchandise.htttp://www.talkingsopranos.com
142 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
Episode #46 "Everybody Hurts"
Emmy award winning director Jack Bender joins Michael and Steve for this week’s exciting episode of Talking Sopranos. Jack talks about his incredible journey which began as a young actor appearing on such famous TV shows as All in the Family, The Mod Squad and Mary Tyler Moore. In the 80’s Jack moved behind the camera and since then has enjoyed an illustrious career being nominated for 9 Emmy awards and winning one. Over the years Jack has produced and directed episodes for 73 different TV series including Lost, Games of Thrones, The Last Ship and Mr. Mercedes. He also directed 4 Sopranos episodes including “Another Toothpick” which features some of Steve’s most difficult and demanding scenes. Jack also talks about how he got his start in Hollywood and his father who was the furrier to the stars. He became friends with David Chase on I’ll Fly Away and jumped at the chance to work with him again on the Sopranos. He shares lots of behind the scenes stories including his first day on set and how everyone was worried because he was “one of David’s friends” but over time they all saw his amazing talent. Then Michael and Steve get into this week’s episode which is one that Michael wrote. Once again, another episode that Michael created which does not feature Bobby Bacala at all. Steve will definitely have something to say about this. This is a big episode for Artie Bucco, and John Ventimiglia absolutely knocks it out of the park. Michael also shares lots of inside info about what his was thinking while writing the script and what the entire episode really means. Get ready for Talking Sopranos S4-Ep6 “Everybody Hurts”. Don’t forget to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts. Post questions for Michael and Steve and buy official talking sopranos merchandise at http://www.talkingsopranos.com
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