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Boardwalk Empire featurette

HBO has released a 13+ minute featurette for the upcoming original series Boardwalk Empire. Although I’ve come to expect nothing less from HBO, this series looks absolutely fantastic and I’m very excited to check it out when it premieres Sunday, September 19 on HBO.

Click over the jump to watch the featurette “Making Boardwalk Empire”.

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TCA 2010: HBO says Boardwalk Empire pilot cost $18M

When HBO does television, they do it big (after all…”It’s not TV, it’s HBO”). However, this is really, really big.

Variety reports that the pilot episode of  Boardwalk Empire , directed by Martin Scorsese, cost a massive $18 million (with tax breaks–so the actual cost was even higher).

“I kept thinking ‘This is pointless. How can we possibly afford a boardwalk, or an empire?’?” Writer Terence Winter recalls. “We can’t call it ‘Boardwalk Empire’ and not see a boardwalk.”

Winter, a longtime writer-producer on “The Sopranos,” worried that even with Martin Scorsese as a producer, the project was too ambitious for the smallscreen. Winter had found in his research that the boardwalk back then amounted to “Times Square on the ocean.” Such scope seemed impossible to reproduce authentically for a TV series. Continue reading TCA 2010: HBO says Boardwalk Empire pilot cost $18M

Trailer #4 for Martin Scorsese’s HBO series Boardwalk Empire

HBO has released a fourth trailer for the upcoming Martin Scorsese-produced prohibition-era series Boardwalk Empire. This new trailer, titled “Countdown to Prohibition”, centers on the title character Enoch “Nucky” Thompson played by Steve Buscemi. Check out the trailer after the jump.

Scorsese also directed the pilot. Boardwalk Empire premieres Sunday, September 19, 2010 on HBO.

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Teaser Trailer for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire

HBO has released a teaser trailer for the pilot episode of the upcoming drama series Boardwalk Empire. The pilot was directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Terence Winter (The Sopranos).

Boardwalk Empire is based on the novel by Nelson Johnson titled Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City. It delves into the life and times of Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) who is based on the real life Enoch “Nucky” Johnson, boss of the Republican political machine in New Jersey from 1911-1941.

Gretchen Mol, Dabney Coleman, Omar Little, Michael Pitt and Michael Shannon round out the cast.  Boardwalk Empire premieres this fall.

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HBO Greenlights Boardwalk Empire

HBO has given a series greenlight to the period drama Boardwalk Empire.  HBO has ordered 11 episodes of the Martin Scorsese-produced series, which stars Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson, a 1920’s Atlantic City character described as being “equal parts politician and gangster.”  Production is expected to begin this fall in Gotham, with a 2010 […]