Boardwalk Empire


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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There's a reason why the 1920s are referred to as "The Roaring '20s." Gangsters, flappers, and bootleggers - characters we might channel for costume parties nowadays - were commonplace, often dangerous presences decades ago. The few years after The First World War, but before the Stock Market crash represent a unique period in American history, one epitomized by excess and transformation, greed and glory, and it's all there to be ogled at in HBO's Boardwalk Empire.

In his Archive interview, creator Terence Winter stated that after The Sopranos ended (he was a writer on the show) he secured a development deal with HBO and needed to decide on his next project. HBO Executive Carolyn Strauss presented Winter with the book "Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City" by Nelson Johnson, and informed Winter that Martin Scorcese was attached to the project. Winter read the book, knew there was a TV show in the story, and with Scorcese on board as an Executive Producer, agreed to pen the series. 

The book tells the true-life tales of kingpin Enoch L. Johnson, politician/gangster/head honcho of Atlantic City in the 1920s. Winter fictionalized the character as Enoch "Nucky" Thompson (played by Steve Buscemi) brought on Kelly Macdonald as Margaret Schroeder/Thompson, Nucky's mistress and later wife; Michael Shannon as Nelson Van Alden/George Mueller, former Prohibition Agent turned bootlegger; Michael Stuhlbarg as Arnold Rothstein, New York gangster; and Shea Whigham as Elias "Eli" Thompson, Nucky's younger brother. Other major players include a young Lucky Luciano (played by Vincent Piazza), a fresh-faced Al Capone (played by Stephen Graham), African-American gangster Albert "Chalky" White (played by Michael K. Williams), bootlegger "Mickey Doyle" (played by Paul Sparks), and Nucky's assistant/butler Eddie Kessler (played by Anthony Laciura).

Scorcese directed the pilot episode, and as of September 2013, Boardwalk Empire is entering its fourth season. Winter revealed to us that he may or may not take the show into the 1930s at some point (Prohibition ended in 1933). And as for how the series will end? Winter joked, "A very elderly Nucky will walk into a diner and kill Tony Soprano." Finally, answers!

Creator: Terence Winter

Programming history: September 19, 2010 – present

Sunday nights, HBO

- by Adrienne Faillace

Highlights
Terence Winter on the characters on Boardwalk Empire - "Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson"
02:30
Timothy Van Patten on working with Martin Scorcese
07:07
Terence Winter on coming up with ways to kill characters on Boardwalk Empire
Timothy Van Patten on working with Boardwalk Empire creator and friend Terence Winter
01:20
Terence Winter on Martin Scorsese directing the pilot of Boardwalk Empire  
03:08
Who talked about this show

Timothy Van Patten

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Timothy Van Patten on directing HBO's Boardwalk Empire
10:03
Timothy Van Patten on writing and executive producing on Boardwalk Empire
02:10

Terence Winter

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Terence Winter on the characters on Boardwalk Empire - "Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson"
02:30
Terence Winter on coming up with ways to kill characters on Boardwalk Empire
Terence Winter on teasers for season four of Boardwalk Empire
01:02
Terence Winter on his development deal with HBO that led to the creation of Boardwalk Empire
05:30
Terence Winter on his research for creating Boardwalk Empire, writing the pilot, and Martin Scorsese wanting to direct it
02:23
Terence Winter on the budget for and development of the characters for the pilot of Boardwalk Empire
04:40
Terence Winter on hiring a writing staff and gearing up for production on Boardwalk Empire  
05:21
Terence Winter on Martin Scorsese directing the pilot of Boardwalk Empire  
03:08
Terence Winter on casting Boardwalk Empire
07:09
Terence Winter on plotting out Boardwalk Empire
02:43
Terence Winter on the characters on Boardwalk Empire - "Jimmy Darmody," his incest storyline with his mother "Gillian Darmody," and "Jimmy's" death
07:16
Terence Winter on the characters on Boardwalk Empire - "Gyp Rosetti"
01:52
Terence Winter on the characters on Boardwalk Empire - "Margaret Schroeder"
01:55
Terence Winter on the characters on Boardwalk Empire - "Agent Nelson Van Alden"
01:31
Terence Winter on the characters on Boardwalk Empire - "Chalky White" and his relationship with "Nucky Thompson"
03:12
Terence Winter on the storylines on Boardwalk Empire
01:32
Terence Winter on a typical production schedule on Boardwalk Empire
01:41
Terence Winter on his working relationship with HBO (while doing Boardwalk Empire)
01:27
Terence Winter on the opening sequence of Boardwalk Empire
02:48
Terence Winter on the music on Boardwalk Empire
02:32
Terence Winter on the characters on Boardwalk Empire - "Eddie Cantor"
01:55
Terence Winter on his favorite episodes of Boardwalk Empire
01:38
Terence Winter on the press and reaction to Boardwalk Empire
01:31
Terence Winter on the fan base of Boardwalk Empire
00:57
Terence Winter on how many seasons he sees for Boardwalk Empire
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