"The Sopranos"—i.e. one of the greatest TV shows of our time (can't debate it!)—has proven itself to be the gift that keeps on giving, even 14 years after its unforgettable ending. While so many new viewers have found it during the pandemic (you can binge it on HBO Max), creator David Chase gave fans old and new a prequel, "The Many Saints of Newark," and multiple cast members, including Steve Schirripa and Michael Imperioli (who played Bobby Baccalieri and Christopher Moltisanti, respectively), created podcasts about the "behind the scenes" of the show, too. But theirs, "Talking Sopranos," almost didn't happen.
"We had decided to do a podcast," Steve explains. "We had heard that all these younger people were watching 'The Sopranos,' and we said, 'Hey, let's try this!' So we did a bunch of press and we were supposed to start, and then COVID hit. And me and Michael went, 'Well, who cares about a TV show now that the world's coming to an end?'"
But, in fact, he says, it was the fans who encouraged them, saying that they were home, binging, and in desperate need of more "Sopranos" content. So they figured out Zoom and gave it a try. And while Steve says the first four or five episodes were "rocky," they found their footing and are now 86 episodes strong—and with a book, Woke Up This Morning: The Definitive Oral History of The Sopranos, to boot!