My improvised publicity blitz continues for "The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever," and here are the latest links, including one that I suspect will prompt more discussion here. (You can find all the review and interview links at, along with a FAQ, a list of links to all my online writing about the shows in the book, purchasing links to all the different formats, and more.)

On Tuesday, I was a guest on WNYC's "The Brian Lehrer Show" (with guest host Mike Pesca) yesterday. Here's the segment. And yesterday, I participated in a long Deadspin live-chat (which they accompanied with a very old Star-Ledger column photo that mainly makes me want to hit the gym).

But the discussion starter, I'm guessing, is the Slate excerpt from near the end of "The Sopranos" chapter, touching on both the averted fate of the missing Russian and Chase's motivations for making the final scene the way he did. (One thing that doesn't come up in the chapter, but that I've been asked about often enough to mention here: I explicitly asked Chase if he had read the Masters of Sopranos essay, describing it in a lot of detail, and he said, "I have not read that.") I've laid out my Tony Lives theory before, but never in as much detail as I do in the part of the book that Slate excerpted. I think this subject may be reaching Democrats/Republican territory where the two sides are getting too entrenched to make debate worth the trouble, but we can always give it one more try.

Onion rings. Journey. Go.

And, as always, if you have any questions about the book, you can either ask them in the comments here, or e-mail me at

Alan Sepinwall has been reviewing television since the mid-'90s, first for Tony Soprano's hometown paper, The Star-Ledger, and now for HitFix. His new book, "The Revolution Was Televised," about the last 15 years of TV drama, is for sale at Amazon. He can be reached at