David Chase on why he wrote The Sopranos: ‘I needed help. I needed therapy’

As his mobster-in-therapy masterpiece is named the best TV of the century, its creator says he was just thrashing out his own issues with his domineering, suffocating mother The first image David Chase had in mind for the show that became The Rockford Files and HBO. Surprisingly, Chase thinks it would have a tough time being commissioned today, in spite of the fact that, after six seasons and 86 episodes, it is credited with changing audience tastes. In this landscape? Sure, he says. Tony Soprano is too fat. Hes too crude. Who cares about New Jersey? Ive seen these guys before. There is a long pause. Its not dystopian enough. Everything seems to be dystopian now, and this isnt. Plus, …

Seth Meyers: ‘Unlike hurricanes, every day Trump blows harder’

Late-night hosts sift through the absurdity of Trumps response to a devastating, if not Alabama-centric, Hurricane Dorian Seth Meyers: A pathological liar completely detached from reality Late-night hosts continued to parse through the ridiculousness of Trumps response to Hurricane Dorian on Thursday Night. Seth Meyers took the broad view, connecting the presidents Sharpie incident in which he doctored a week-old map of the hurricanes path with a marker to defend his erroneous claim that it would hit the state of Alabama to a long history of scams. We know that Donald Trump is and has always been a conspiracy theorist and pathological liar who is completely detached from reality, Meyers said. Its always been his brand. Its just that back …

Orange Is the New Black final series review back to its very best

Gut-wrenching but gripping and full of heart, the groundbreaking prison drama bows out by bringing back all the fan favourites even the chickens There are not many shows that can lay claim to changing the television landscape during their lifetime, but OITNB figured out how to pace its stories according to overindulgence, rather than the traditional weekly drop-in. It exits with this, its seventh and final season: easily the best and most self-assured since its debut. While OITNB was always ambitious, it occasionally tripped over its own shoelaces. It dedicated a whole season to a three-day prison riot, which was a bold idea whose execution collapsed into a mess of confusion. One of the main criticisms the show has faced …

Carrie Underwood: ‘I’d put on a happy face, then go home and fall apart’

As she prepares to take Glastonbury by storm, the country star opens a bottle of red wine and talks about the personal tragedy that coloured her new songs Saturday night on the banks of the Ohio River, and the most American of scenes is unfolding. At the Ball Park, the Cincinnati Reds are playing the Texas Rangers, while at the US Bank Arena next door American Idol, triumphing in the TV talent shows fourth season in 2005, Underwood has since recorded six albums, sold over 65m records, won seven Grammys, and earned more than $83m (65m). She is beautiful and blonde, and married to a retired ice hockey player: at first glance an unlikely addition to the Worthy Farm lineup. …