New HBO Original Series “BOARDWALK EMPIRE” Premieres January 6, 2011 In Asia
Just last week, December 1, I attended an event for the Press launch of “Boardwalk Empire” for HBO Asia. Boardwalk Empire is an original HBO series created by Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese and Emmy Award-winning writer Terence Winter, the man behind “The Sopranos”.
Boardwalk Empire is a 12-part drama series set in 1920 Atlantic City, New Jersey, home of a resort known as “The World’s Playground,” where hotels, nightclubs, amusement piers and entertainment places lined its famous Boardwalk, thus the title. The media where very lucky to be among the first in Asia to have watched the Pilot episode, which was directed by Martin Scorsese himself.
After watching the pilot episode, It made me want to watch the rest of the season because of how big the production was. The set looks very 20’s, not that I know how that era looks and feels like that time but you get the feeling that the actors were really there. From the costumes to production design and cast selection, I can say that it’s another masterpiece from HBO.
Boardwalk Empire premieres on HBO/HBO HD January 6, 2011 with two new episodes premiere back-to-back every Thursday at 9pm.
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PHILIPPINES, DECEMBER 1, 2010 – HBO brings to Asia the epic drama series, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, premiering Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 9pm on HBO with two episodes playing back-to-back. From creator Terence Winter, Emmy® Award-winning writer of HBO’s The Sopranos, and Academy® Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, this lavish 12-episode drama is set in 1920 Atlantic City at the dawn of Prohibition, when the sale of alcohol became illegal throughout the United States.
America in 1920: The Great War was over, Wall Street was about to boom and everything was for sale, even the World Series. It was a time of change when women got the vote, broadcast radio began and young people ruled the world.
On the beach in southern New Jersey sat Atlantic City, a spectacular resort known as “The World’s Playground,” a place where the rules didn’t apply. Massive hotels lined its famous Boardwalk, which featured nightclubs, amusement piers and entertainment that rivaled Broadway. For a few dollars, a working man could get away and live like a king – legally or illegally.
The undisputed ruler of Atlantic City was the town’s treasurer, Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (Steve Buscemi), a political fixer and backroom dealer who was equal parts politician and gangster and equally comfortable in either role. Because of its strategic location on the seaboard, the town was 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 took full advantage.
Along with his brother Elias (Shea Whigham), the town’s sheriff, and a crew of ward bosses and local thugs, Nucky carved out a niche for himself as the man to see for any illegal alcohol. He was 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 BOARDWALK EMPIRE begins, Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt), Nucky’s former protégé and driver, 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 associates of Nucky’s that sets the Feds, led by Agent Nelson Van Alden (Michael Shannon), on his mentor’s tail. Complicating matters further is Nucky’s burgeoning relationship with Margaret Schroeder (Kelly Macdonald), a woman in an abusive marriage whom he tries to help.
The show also stars Michael Kenneth Williams as Chalky White, leader of the city’s African-American community; Dabney Coleman as Commodore Louis Kaestner, Nucky’s mentor; Paz de la Huerta as Nucky’s girlfriend Lucy; Aleksa Palladino as Angela, Jimmy Darmody’s Bohemian girlfriend and mother of their three-year-old son; Paul Sparks as Mickey Doyle; Anthony Laciura as Eddie Kessler; and Gretchen Mol as Gillian, a local showgirl with whom Nucky shares a long and complicated history.
Inspired by the non-fiction book “Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City” by Nelson Johnson, BOARDWALK EMPIRE is executive produced by Terence Winter, Martin Scorsese, Tim Van Patten, Stephen Levinson and Mark Wahlberg; co-executive producers, Gene Kelly and Lawrence Konner; producers (series), Rudd Simmons and Rick Yorn; producer (pilot), David Coatsworth; supervising producer, Howard Korder. Directors include Martin Scorsese, Tim Van Patten, Jeremy Podeswa, Alan Taylor and Allen Coulter; writers include Terence Winter, Lawrence Konner, Howard Korder, Tim Van Patten, Paul Simms, Margaret Nagle, Steve Kornacki and Meg Jackson.
Don’t miss the Asian premiere of BOARDWALK EMPIRE with two episodes playing back-to-back on Thursday, January 6 2011 at 9pm on HBO / HBO HD; new episodes air every Thursday at 9pm. Log on to www.hboasia.com for more information and play times.
[Images from HBO via Virtusio PR]