Bootleg alcohol, gambling and prostitution in the roaring twenties set in Atlantic City; who could ask for more in the way of entertainment on a Sunday night? HBO’s anticipated new series Boardwalk Empire kicks off on September 19 at 9:00 p.m. EST.
The series is based on Nelson Johnson’s book, Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City. The transformation from book to television was
accomplished by Terrance Winter, Emmy award winning screen writer and producer for another HBO gangster hit series The Sopranos. Add to the mix Martin Scorsese who directed the pilot of Boardwalk Empire and is one of the show’s producers, and Steven Buscemi another alumnus from the Sopranos and the series is almost guaranteed to be a hit out of the gate.
Nelson Johnson’s book covers the life and rise to corruption and power of Enoch L. Johnson who ran Atlantic City from 1911 until 1941. In the series Enoch “Nucky” Thompson played by Buscemi, as the mayor of Atlantic City when Prohibition becomes the law of the land. Open to corruption the Mayor joins forces with the founders of organized crime including a young Al Capone played by Stephen Graham and Lucky Luciano played by Vincent Piazza.
Nucky’s nemesis is Agent Nelson Van Alden, a deeply religious man who believes in temperance and is out to stop the bootlegging and flow of alcohol is played by Michael Shannon.
Kelly Macdonald plays Margaret Schroeder a member of the Women’s Temperance League, who is befriended by Nucky. Michael Pitt as James “Jimmy” Darmody plays Nucky’s right hand man in the series.
The Boardwalk in Atlantic City today is filled with Casinos and High Rise Hotels and is a far cry from the Boardwalk of the Prohibition era, so a 1920’s Boardwalk was created for the series in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York. The set design, the clothing and the feel of the series takes the viewers back in time.
With HBO, Martin Scorsese and the alumni from The Soprano’s this series is sure to be as gritty, suspenseful, and talked about as the Sopranos was in it’s time.