Anyone else looking forward to the start of this series?
|QUOTE (About the Show @ taken from [URL=http://www.hbo.com/boardwalk-empire)|
|From Terence Winter, Emmy Award-winning writer of The Sopranos and Academy Award Winning Director Martin Scorcese, 'Boardwalk Empire' is set in Atlantic City at the dawn of Prohibition, when the sale of alcohol became illegal throughout the United States.|
America in 1920. The Great War is over, Wall Street is about to boom and everything is for sale, even the World Series. It is a time of change when women are getting the vote, broadcast radio is introduced and young people rule the world.
On the beach in southern New Jersey sits Atlantic City, a spectacular resort town known as "The World's Playground," a place where rules don't apply. Massive hotels line it's famous boardwalk, along with nightclubs, amusement piers and entertainment to rival Broadway. For a few dollars, a working man can get away and live like a king -- legally or illegally.
The undisputed ruler of Atlantic City is the town's Treasurer, Enoch "Nucky" Thompson (Steve Buscemi), a political fixer and backroom dealer who is equal parts politician and gangster and equally comfortable in either role. Because of its strategic location on the seaboard, the town is a hub of activity for rum-runners, minutes from Philadelphia, hours from New York City and less than a day's drive from Chicago. And Nucky Thompson takes full advantage.
Along with his brother Elias (Shea Whigam), the town's Sheriff, and a crew of Ward Bosses and local thugs, Nucky carves out a niche for himself as the man to see for any illegal alcohol. He is an equal opportunity gangster, doing business with Arnold Rothstein (Michael Stuhlbarg), Big Jim Colosimo (Frank Crudele) Lucky Luciano (Vincent Piazza) and Al Capone (Stephen Graham).
As the series begins, Nucky's former protégé and driver Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt) returns home from the Great War, eager to get ahead and reclaim his rightful place in Nucky's organization. But when Jimmy feels things aren't moving quickly enough, he takes matters into his own hands, forming a deadly alliance with some associates of Nucky's that set the Feds, led by Agent Van Alden (Michael Shannon) on his mentor's tail. Complicating matters futher is Nucky's burgeoning relationship with Margaret Schroeder (Kelly MacDonald), a local woman in an abusive marriage whom he tries to help out.
The show also stars Michael Kenneth Williams ('The Wire') as Chalky White, the leader of the city's African-American community; Gretchen Mol as showgirl Gilliam; Dabney Coleman as Nucky's mentor The Commodore; and Paz de la Huerta as Nucky's girlfriend Lucy.
Created by Terence Winter, 'Boardwalk Empire' is executive produced by Terence Winter, Martin Scorcese, Tim Van Patten, Stephen Levison and Mark Wahlberg. Gene Kelly is co-executive producer; Rudd Simmons is producer. Directed by Martin Scorcese, Tim Van Patten, Jeremy Podeswa, Alan Taylor and Allen Coulter. The series is written by Terence Winter, Lawrence Konner, Howard Korder, Tim Van Patten, Paul Simms, Margaret Nagle, Steve Kornacki and Meg Jackson.
'Boardwalk Empire' is inspired by portions of the non-fiction book "Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City" by Nelson Johnson.
Ever since I finished off my The Sopranos and The Wire boxsets over a year ago (perhaps more...) I've been looking for a new crime show written, directed and acted in a similarly amazing style. Terence Winter wrote some f*cking amazing episodes of The Sopranos ('Pine Barrens' and 'Long Term Parking' anyone?) so with him at the helm and Steve Buscemi leading the cast this has the potential to fill that void. The cast will also include Michael K. Williams (the best character in The Wire?') and Stephen Graham (a very good British actor of Snatch, This is England and Public Enemies fame). Awesomeness.
It may not be arriving 'til later in the year but feck I'm excited for it now. Thought I'd post this up to get the excitement building now.