My only gripe with BB is that it was on a basic cable network channel.
Those profanity & buss it open restrictions
He was speaking about cable shows.
And The Sopranos was groundbreaking and showed that you could basically tell an epic, cinematic story over the course of several seasons on TV and people will watch it. Oz was actually the first major HBO drama like that, but The Sopranos showed that television could be THE medium to tell these kind of stories for the 21st century. You didn't have to squeeze in all your characters, story, ideas, into a 2 hour movie, you could explore it all over the course of years.
If anyone is interested in this kind of stuff, Alan Sepinwall's "The Revolution Was Televised" http://www.amazon.com/The-Revolution-Was-Televised-Slingers/dp/1476739676 is a GREAT history of the most important shows on television.