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Max Casella in 'Tulsa King'

Max & Sylvester Stallone, Photo Credit: Fox News

“Listen to me. Is there ANY f*****’ possibility that I just saw Dwight Manfredi in Tulsa?”

For the first time in his career, movie star Sylvester Stallone is headlining his own tv show with alumni Max Casella (Class of 1987) along for the ride. Tulsa King follows aged-out mobster Dwight Manfredi who recently finished serving his twenty-five-year prison sentence, but he learns things have changed on the outside; young bucks are now capos, and the weight he once carried into a room is no longer there. Expecting to get adequate compensation for taking a murder rap for his boss and not squealing, Dwight instead gets banished to Tulsa, Oklahoma, under the guise of “expanding the empire.”

Tulsa King was created by Taylor Sheridan, who seems to be dominating the airwaves at the moment. The show also reunites Casella with The Sopranos, Vinyl, and Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Stamp and the occasional director of those shows, Allen Coulter. Winter is the principal force behind the show, serving as both the main writer and show-runner, “Terry’s one of the best television writers out there,” quipped Max.

While Max’s character makes a brief appearance in the first episode, who he aligns himself with is a little murky. What we do know is that his character, Armand Truisi, was seen on the phone telling someone about Dwight’s arrival in Tulsa. In the next few scenes, we are taken to an ATF office with agents talking about Dwight’s arrival in Tulsa. However, in promo material, we see Armand walking alongside Dwight, so are Armand and Dwight on the same team? I guess we’ll have to take Casella’s advice and “watch and find out.”

Casella first appeared on the scene as Vinnie Delpino in ABC's hit-show Doogie Howser, M.D. He has since charmed us many times with performances in such films as Analyze This, Inside Llewyn Davis, and Blue Jasmine, as well as the television shows Ray Donovan, The Good Fight, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

The show is currently streaming on Paramount+, with new episodes dropping on Sundays. Max is set to appear in all ten episodes of the show, with alumna Annabella Sciorra (Class of 1980) slated to make an appearance in episode three. Watch the trailer here.


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