Boardwalk Empire New Series From HBO-Launches Tommorow!!!

18 Sep

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Boardwalk Empire is an upcoming American television series from premium cable network HBO, set in Atlantic City, New Jersey during the Prohibition era. Starring Steve Buscemi, the show is adapted from Nelson Johnson’s book, Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City by Emmy award-winning screenwriter and producer Terence Winter of The Sopranos.

The first episode was directed by Martin Scorsese. On September 1, 2009, HBO picked up the series for an additional 11 episodes. The series is scheduled to debut on September 19, 2010.

Filming was done on a specially created set in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Martin Scorsese’s Contribution

Martin Scorsese was involved in the project even before creator Terence Winter. He directed the pilot and established the look of the show, which other directors later emulated to make the show feel seamless. He is also one of the executive producers of the show. Winter stated that Scorsese weighs on the casting decisions, watches all the cuts and dailies. Up until the shooting of the show’s first season, Scorsese and Winter would meet every Sunday afternoon to review what went on during the week where Scorsese would have comments and suggestion. Martin Scorsese is expected to continue to be creatively involved in the ongoing production and if the series continues—with proper scheduling—he would like to direct more episodes.

Reception

The series has received universal acclaim. Review aggregate Metacritic awarded the series a score of 90 out of 100, based on 24 reviews, indicating Universal Acclaim.

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Cast and characters

  • Steve Buscemi as Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (who is based on Enoch L. Johnson)
  • Michael Pitt as James “Jimmy” Darmody
  • Kelly Macdonald as Margaret Schroeder
  • Michael Shannon as Agent Nelson Van Alden
  • Dabney Coleman as Commodore Louis Kaestner
  • Shea Whigham as Elias “Eli” Thompson, Nucky’s brother
  • Anthony Laciura as Eddie Kessler
  • Stephen Graham as Al Capone
  • Aleksa Palladino as Angela Darmody
  • Michael Stuhlbarg as Arnold Rothstein
  • Vincent Piazza as Lucky Luciano
  • Paz de la Huerta as Lucy Danziger
  • Paul Sparks as Mickey Doyle
  • Michael Kenneth Williams as Chalky White, the de facto mayor of Chickenbone Beach
  • Gretchen Mol as Gillian
  • Max Casella as Leo D’Alessio
  • Greg Antonacci as Johnny Torrio
  • Joseph Riccobene as Frankie Yale
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