Michael Imperioli, For One More Day
Former TV gangster Michael Imperioli will find some redemption this Sunday, Dec. 9, at 9 pm/ET on ABC, in the Oprah-produced tear-jerker For One More Day.
Imperioli has played a hard-nosed detective (Law & Order), a pervy telephone caller (Girl 6), a gangster wannabe (Goodfellas) and, unforgettably, a mobster junkie (The Sopranos). So who would have guessed that one of his biggest acting challenges would come in an Oprah Winfrey-produced TV-movie that requires him to… throw a baseball?
"I'm not gonna lie, I'm not a good ballplayer, certainly not a natural one," says Imperioli, 41, a Mount Vernon, New York, native who grew up rooting for the Yankees. "I spent some time trying to pick the brain of [Yankees catcher] Jorge Posada and I worked with a trainer, but
The July 30 issue of TV Guide gives you all the dish on TV's hottest chefs and the cooks who are really stirring up the excitement this summer (including the bevy of vixens populating small-screen kitchens). As part of that, here is our Q&A with Hell's Kitchen overlord Gordon Ramsay.
TV Guide: You've developed something of a coarse reputation on Hell's Kitchen. Are you OK with that?
Gordon Ramsay: When I'm in the kitchen, and the s--t is hitting the fan, there are two ways you can handle things: my way or the soft way. To me, it's far better to reprimand the cook and say, "Wake up and get to it or you'll be flipping f--king burgers for a f--king living!" I mean, can you imagine trying to be polite in such a setting?
TV Guide: You're a dad of four kids. Are you concer
Daniel Sunjata as Reggie Jackson in The Bronx Is Burning
Walk into the Yankees' locker room on the set of ESPN's new eight-hour miniseries The Bronx Is Burning (premiering tonight at 10 pm/ET) and the only thing missing is the smell. The odor that permeates the bowels of the real House that Ruth Built combines tobacco spit, wet socks, dog hair, moldy basement and body odor into one toxic brew. But the spot-on replica in a Waterford, Connecticut, studio, where the Bombers' 1977 world-championship season is being re-created, smells just fine. Daniel Sunjata (Rescue Me), who plays Reggie Jackson, gives a visiting sports writer an annoyed look and says, "Well, is the smell all we're missing?"
Actually, yes. To stroll on the set of The Bronx Is Burning is to take a remarkable walk back in time. Inside the Yank