Michael Imperioli on "Sopranos" Prequel "The Many Saints of Newark"

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Michael Imperioli on "Sopranos" Prequel "The Many Saints of Newark" Aired April 05, 2018

Bada bing!

"Sopranos" alum Michael Imperioli dropped by our studio to talk about his latest gig — ABC’s "Alex, Inc.," about a man (played by Zach Braff) who decides to ditch his radio job to start a podcast business. (Michael plays Zach's cousin.)

But while he was here, he dished on something we are EAGERLY awaiting: the "Sopranos" movie prequel, "The Many Saints of Newark."

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"It takes place in Newark, New Jersey, in 1968 or nine," Michael explains. "And it's somewhat centered around… [the] terrible race riots at the time."

And will he be making an appearance?!

As Michael tells it, "I don't know how much of it's going to involve the 'Soprano' characters, [but] my character wasn't even born in the late '60s."

"So I guess I won't be there!" he adds with a laugh.

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That said, he notes, "David Chase — who created 'The Sopranos' and wrote a lot of [the episodes] — he wrote the screenplay, so he's great, and I'm sure if he wrote it, it's going to be very good."

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And to that, Rachael offers, "Alright, we can go to [the premiere] together, and I'll make you spaghetti after."

Who's getting the better deal here?! (We say Mike!)

Speaking of cooking, Michael also shared a bit about his experience on "Chopped" — which he WON (by making lobster bucatini and ice cream), scoring money for his favorite charity, The Pureland Project.

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… which brought up a somewhat surprising (but equally funny) admission fromRachael: "I was conned one time into doing one of those competitive cooking things on 'Iron Chef.' Once! It was the worst 24 hours of my entire life."

Our audience cracked up, but Michael couldn't agree more! "It's really stressful, because you're being timed. And you don't know what you're going to cook until right before you start. And it's an unfamiliar kitchen and all this stuff. Then, on top of it all, there's cameras in your face!"

"It's horrible!" Rach agrees. "I still have nightmares about that 'Iron Chef.' And we won, by the way!"

Hey, at least there's that!

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