The Hollywood Reporter interviews David Chase about creating the Sopranos and receiving the Paddy Chayesfsky Laurel Award for Television, and Chase takes a moment to praise our favorite show.

By and large, I still find TV to be a franchise-ridden bog. I still see a lot of policemen and lawyers and judges and sheriffs. There still seems to be a very intense interest in institutions and not as much interest in the existential situation of being alive. (AMC’s) “Mad Men” is a departure from that. It’s about one of the basics of life in this country, which is desire and consumption. And I feel the same way about “The Sopranos.” Here in the U.S., where the business of America is business, I feel like “The Sopranos” was the only show that ever dealt almost all the time with money.

Nice.

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