Abrams is to publish The Soprano Sessions, a book about the "groundbreaking" TV show "The Sopranos" in January 2019 to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the show's debut.
The book will be written by Matt Zoller Seitz, TV critic at New York Magazine/Vulture and editor in chief at RogerEbert.com, and Alan Sepinwall, TV critic at Uproxx. To be published by Abrams' new text imprint, Abrams Press, The Sopranos Sessions will feature new interviews with show creator David Chase that cover the events on- and off-screen of each season, up to and including the "divisive" cut to black finale. In addition, the book will contain individual episode reviews, the majority never before published, and archival pieces from the duo’s days as TV critics for the Star-Ledger.
Abrams’ senior editor Eric Klopfer signed world all language rights to the title from Seitz’s and Sepinwall’s literary agent, Amy Williams of The Williams Company.
As the TV critics at New Jersey’s Star-Ledger, Seitz and Sepinwall had early and inside access to the cast and crew. They traveled throughout the state covering the filming and interviewing residents about the series. The day following the show’s mysterious finale, Chase gave only one interview, to Sepinwall.
Sepinwall said: “Matt and I were lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time for the entire run of one of the best and most influential TV shows ever made. We had a front row seat to all the analyzing, whacking, cooking, and waste disposing. It’s a pleasure to speak with Chase again, and to cast a new spotlight on the single most important show of the new golden age of television we’re experiencing now”.
Seitz added: “For eight years, we ate, slept, and breathed The Sopranos, and we’re going to bring our accumulated knowledge to bear on this project.”