During the 20th anniversary party for The Sopranos in early January, Michael Imperioli told a great story about auditioning for the part of Christopher Moltisanti in the hit HBO show. Initially, Imperioli believed he botched his audition because creator David Chase made no reaction to his performance. “He’s kind of poker-faced, and I thought I w...

He is the son of James Gandolfini, who originated the iconic role of Tony Soprano and won multiple Emmys, SAG Awards and a Golden Globe in an anti-hero role that made possible later bad guy turns like Bryan Cranston’s in Breaking Bad and future HBO series including Deadwood, Westworld and Game of Thrones. He died in 2013. he late actor’s son has be...

Si fa un gran parlare dei Soprano, in occasione dei 20 anni della serie tv, di come abbia raccontato l’America e gli americani e, soprattutto, rinnovato il profilo del gangster italoamericano, liberandolo da molti cliché e, allo stesso tempo, giocandoci sopra. Non c’è dubbio che James Gandolfini e lo sceneggiatore e regista David Chase abbiano fatt...

On Jan. 10, 1999, a new show debuted on HBO. The Sopranos begins with what would become the iconic song, “Woke Up This Morning,” written, remixed and performed by the British band, Alabama, as the main protagonist, Tony Soprano, is seen driving through the Lincoln Tunnel and passing through the tollbooth toward the New Jersey Turnpike. As he drives...

This week, an article appeared in northjersey.com, part of the USA Today Network, that begins “You may be speaking Soprano–and not even know it.” The article talks about HBO’s show The Sopranos and how it used “Italian-American food slang words” that only New Yorkers know. The article lists a number of words such as “goomah” and “goomba” and their...

Every episode of The Sopranos was uniquely wonderful and horrible, at once forcing me with its patterned silk-clad Italian-American strength to weep with laughter and seek one-to-five more milligrams of Zoloft. No character arc was each of these more so than that of Bobby “Bacala” Baccalieri, the endlessly sweet, often dense, food-loving soldier an...

I definitely pissed off a member of the Bamonte family. I didn’t mean to do it. I was trying to explain to Nicole Bamonte that I’m writing about how I will try, and likely enjoy, any establishment that displays one or more autographed photos of a cast member from The Sopranos, that it’s a seal of approval for me when I walk into a place in the Tri-...

You may be speaking Soprano — and not even know it. “The Sopranos” — the drama about families of mobsters in suburban Jersey —  premiered on HBO 20 years ago this week. And with it, came new entries into the American lexicon. Like “whadayagunnado?” (What are you going to do?) And “fuggedaboudid.” (Forget about it!) Before the show, these — and a fe...

When I read that Thursday marked the 20th anniversary of the premiere of the HBO drama “The Sopranos,” I immediately thought back to the time in 2007 when I interviewed Len Riggio, the executive chairman of Barnes & Noble Inc.  Riggio is a prickly man, quick to find offense, and surprisingly defensive about his lower-middle-class Brooklyn upbringin...

Twenty years ago, The Sopranos made the airwaves safe for antiheroes and auteurist television, and also paved the way for our current #PeakTV era. If you’re a fan of The Shield, Battlestar Galactica, Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones, you owe the show’s creator, David Chase, a debt of gratitude. But we’ve been living in a post-Sopranos world for so l...