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David Chase Wrote The Sopranos For A Very Personal Reason

What sets "The Sopranos" apart from a litany of other mob movies and TV? Unlike "The Godfather" or "Goodfellas," the boss sees a shrink. The series' pilot opens with Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) having his first appointment with Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco). Seeking treatment for panic attacks, Tony remains Melfi's on-and-off patient until the end of the series.
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An Evening With Paula Leggett Chase And David Chase At The USI Performance Center

In partnership with the Vanderburgh Medical Alliance, the University of Southern Indiana Foundation is co-sponsoring “Diary of an Antique Showgirl: An Evening with Paul Leggett Chase and David Chase” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 4 in the USI Performance Center on campus. Doors for the event will open at 5:30 p.m. to a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets for the event are $100.
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An Evening with Paula Leggett Chase and David Chase at the USI Performance Center

In partnership with the Vanderburgh Medical Alliance, the University of Southern Indiana Foundation is co-sponsoring “Diary of an Antique Showgirl: An Evening with Paul Leggett Chase and David Chase” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 4 in the USI Performance Center on campus. Doors for the event will open at 5:30 p.m. to a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets for the event are $100.
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Analyzing Chevy's David Chase-directed Sopranos ad starring Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Robert Iler

The involvement of Sopranos creator Chase, original Sopranos director of photography Phil Abraham and the actors who played Meadow and A.J. Soprano in the surprise Super Bowl ad for the All-Electric Chevy Silverado "may not exactly place the Chevy Silverado commercial into official Sopranos canon, but it’s as close to a sequel to the iconic HBO gangster drama as we may ever get," says Alan Sepinwall, co-author of the book The Sopranos Sessions. Sepinwall adds: "Chase is never going to come right out and say whether Tony lived or died in the famous final scene of The Sopranos (though he came awfully close in The Sopranos Sessions). But if you subscribe to the theory that the guy in the Members Only jacket burst out of the men’s room at Holsten’s ice cream parlor to pump a few bullets into Tony, then there is entirely a chance that AJ (seated at the booth with Tony and Carmela) and/or Meadow (opening the door into the restaurant right as the scene cut to black) were collateral damage of this hit. But this Chevrolet-funded coda posits that both are alive, well, and happy to see each other."
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'Sopranos' Cast Reunites in Chevy Super Bowl Ad Directed by David Chase

The Sopranos has managed to be a show that still holds relevance to fans after multiple rewatches and a prequel movie, The Many Saints of Newark, released last year. Now, the two cast members have reunited for a new commercial to celebrate the new Chevy Silverado EV. The ad, which aired during the Super Bowl on Sunday, features Meadow driving to "Woke Up This Morning" by Alabama 3 just as her father did.
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David Chase Recreates ‘The Sopranos’ Opening To Help Sell Trucks During The Super Bowl

For years, after the series finale of “The Sopranos” aired on HBO, fans were anxiously awaiting news about whether or not we’d get more stories in that world eventually. Well, if “The Many Saints of Newark” is any indication, perhaps you should be careful what you wish for, as ‘Sopranos’ creator David Chase is starting to prove he’s willing to milk his franchise for all its worth, even if it takes away the “specialness” of the original. You know, like using “The Sopranos” to help sell a Chevy.
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HBO Boss Shuts Down ‘Sopranos’ Revival Rumors: David Chase Has No Interest in ‘Revisiting’ the Series

Click here to read the full article. Oh, poor us. HBO programming chief Casey Bloys hit the pause button on fans’ hopes for a “Sopranos” spin-off. Series creator David Chase inked a five-year, first-look deal in October 2021, following the premiere of prequel film “The Many Saints of Newark” on HBO Max. “I don’t think David has any interest in revisiting ‘The Sopranos.’ And I would agree with him,” Bloys told The Hollywood Reporter February 16. “It’s a perfect series that I don’t think needs revisiting. But we’ll see what he wants to do next.” Bloys added, “Series-wise, not that I’m talking to David...
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David Chase Revisited ‘Sopranos’ Finale for Viral Super Bowl Ad with Meadow and A.J.

For those still wondering 15 years later what happened in the aftermath of “The Sopranos” finale, the 2022 Super Bowl just gave us a clue. “Sopranos” stars Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Robert Iler, who respectively played Meadow and A.J. in the series, reprised their roles in a Chevrolet Silverado EV advertisement directed by series creator David Chase. The commercial re-enacts the opening sequence of “The Sopranos,” in which James Gandolfini’s Tony Soprano drives from Manhattan to New Jersey as “Woke up This Morning” plays. Series cinematographer Phil Abraham once again served as the director of photography. Chase told Yahoo that the shoot was...
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How Chevrolet Drove ‘The Sopranos’ and David Chase to Super Bowl LVI

Click here to read the full article. Jamie-Lynn Sigler has been keeping a secret for weeks. On Sunday, it finally came out. Sigler, who played Meadow Soprano for more than eight years on the iconic HBO series “The Sopranos,” stepped into the role again Sunday for a Chevrolet commercial that aired during NBC’s telecast of Super Bowl LVI. The ad updated, shot for shot, the show’s opening montage, which used to feature James Gandolfini’s  Tony Soprano driving a Chevy truck. On Sunday night, it was Meadow Soprano doing the driving — in an electric Chevrolet Silverado, billed as a vehicle for...
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David Chase recalls working with Peter Bogdanovich on Northern Exposure and The Sopranos

The Sopranos creator tells Variety he had a fun time working with the late director, who died Thursday at age 82. Chase was a showrunner on Northern Exposure when he asked Bogdanovich to play himself talking about Orson Welles during the fictional Cicely Alaska Film Festival. "He was so great," says Chase. "He was so placid and so real, and he didn’t overdue it, which is something people tend to do when playing themselves." Chase adds: "Then Sopranos came along and Melfi needed a therapist of her own and Peter just popped into my head automatically. He brought that bottle of water, which he always had with him when shooting or not shooting. He’d say something and then unscrew the top and take a gentlemanly sip and then go on with what he was going to say. That was Elliot Kupferberg, M.D. It also worked because he and Lorraine Bracco (who played Melfi) are so different. He’s so canny and removed, just sort of sitting there with his hands in his lap, and she was not that kind of psychiatrist. He personified a scientific outlook. He was frequently around the set and we had fun. We went out to dinner a lot, we drank a lot. He told great stories. You could hear them 10 or 12 times and it wouldn’t be enough. And he was a great mimic, so when he was voicing John Wayne or John Ford or Cary Grant, all of whom he knew, you’d get the whole person. It made you feel like you’d really missed out on something. You wished you’d been there. At some point during his work as Kupferberg, he said “How would you feel about me directing an episode?” So he did 'Sentimental Education.' I felt pretty secure. I knew he was a really good director. His directing style was a little bit different from the rest of the people that we had. He and I didn’t see eye to eye on some choices he had made in terms of coverage, but in the end it came out great. It was an important episode for us because it was all about Carmela having an affair." ALSO: Bogdanovich once said that The Sopranos separated itself from other shows because of its willingness to stay on a wide shot, to not cut, and to stay on people listening.
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