David Chase with the cast and crew of 'The Sopranos' by John Shearer/WireImage.com
as best drama series?
said Emmy voters, who on Sunday bestowed HBO's defunct
with the high honor. Speaking to the press, series creator
said he still doesn't have an answer as to why the mob show resonated with viewers and critics alike. "I have to assume it's because people deeply identify with the characters," he said. While Chase calls the big win "really, really fantastic," the highlight of the night "was the huge standing ovation our cast got" after the
-led tribute. "It was really fitting."
leave its mark on the medium? Chase begs to differ. "I don't really believe it's influenced television that much. I don't see it," he says. "People say it's a seminal show, it's this and it's that.... I don't see it." Similarly, Fox didn't see the series' potential when it passed on the pilot many years ago. "In that pilot I wrote for Fox nobody got killed," Chase remembers. "Afterward, everybody said, 'That was a silly thing to do.'"