Boardwalk Empire Ready to Fill HBO's Sopranos Void

How does a cable network recover from the loss of a show like The Sopranos? HBO has the solution: hire gangster film mastermind Martin Scorsese to direct the pilot episode of a new mobster crime drama Boardwalk Empire. Problem, meet solution.


The show is set in the 1920's prohibition era and centers around Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, a racketeer and criminal based on a real life counterpart and played by Steve Buscemi. The show was adapted from the novel Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City and also stars the likes of Michael Pitt, Steven Graham and Michael Shannon.

Scorsese, who has directed not only some of the best crime dramas of all time, but considerably some of the best films in general – ever, reflected on how difficult it was to shoot a TV episode rather than a film.


“It's different in a TV show than in a movie because with TV, sometimes plot, the actual narrative itself, is more important than character development and you're just dancing around, trying to stay on your feet. The creative energy of that - I hope it's reflected in the pilot," said Scorsese.

HBO has ordered an additional 11 episodes for Boardwalk Empire's first season which debuts September 19th. The pilot episode cost a staggering 50 million dollars to recreate the sets and be as historically accurate as possible. Producer for The Sopranos, Terence Winter is behind the scenes, so look for this series to be fully capable of filling that hole in everyone's mafia embracing heart.

Here is the trailer for the highly anticipated series.



ckal's picture

I'm excited for this show, it looks great. Scorsese really can't do any wrong either.

Cost $50 mil for the first ep?! Yikes. This seems like it's going to take the 'Rome' route and get canceled because of the excessive budget.

Rome was an awesome show btw =(


InstigatorGIRL's picture

I too am really excited for this show! Looks fantastic!

Pietro Filipponi  |  Managing Editor

Pietro Filipponi's picture

Already set on my DVR. Marty Scorsese & Steve Buscemi? Done deal for me

Bryan Kritz  |  Managing Editor

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Pietro Filipponi wrote:
Already set on my DVR. Marty Scorsese & Steve Buscemi? Done deal for me


Really looking forward to this show.

Keven  |  Senior Editor

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Michael Pitt and Michael Shannon being a part of this is great too. And Steven Graham is playing Al Capone.

The casting for this is amazing. Anyone see Graham in Public Enemies? If you have - you know that his choice for Capone is incredible. And Buscemi really deserves this starring role - that guy has been a supporting character for way too long.