Wednesday, October 12, 2011

HBO Renews "Boardwalk Empire"

HBO has renewed the Prohibition-era crime series "Boardwalk Empire" for a third season, starring actor Steve Buscemi as politician-gangster Enoch "Nucky" Thompson.

Season 2 premiered Sunday September 25, 2011.

Set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the series is based on the non-fiction book "Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City" by author Nelson Johnson.

The first episode of the series, budgeted at $18 million, was directed by Martin Scorsese, debuting September 20, 2010. That episode is noted as the most expensive pilot produced in television history, with Scorsese subsequently winning a Directors Guild Award for 'Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Dramatic Series'.

"Boardwalk Empire" also won a Golden Globe award for 'Best Dramatic Series' and Buscemi won a Golden Globe for 'Best Actor in a Dramatic Series' :

"...the period drama focuses on 'Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson (based on the historical Enoch L. Johnson), a political figure who rose to prominence and controlled Atlantic City, New Jersey during the Prohibition period of the 1920's and 1930's.

"Nucky interacts with several historical figures in both his personal and political life, including mobsters, politicians, government agents and the common folk who look up to him.

"The federal government also takes an interest in the bootlegging and other illegal activities in the area, sending agents to investigate possible mob connections but also looking at Nucky's lifestyle – expensive and lavish for a county political figure..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Boardwalk Empire"...