Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: September 19, 2010 – present
Series status: Has not been cancelled
Performers include: Steve Buscemi, Shea Whigham, Michael Stuhlbarg, Frank Crudele, Vincent Piazza, Stephen Graham, Michael Pitt, Michael Shannon, and Kelly Macdonald.
TV show description:
This TV show is set during the Prohibition Era in New Jersey and is based on the Nelson Johnson book, Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City. Martin Scorsese directed the pilot and continues to be involved with the production.
Back in 1920 in the Prohibition Era, Atlantic City is known as “The World’s Playground,” and is noted for being the place where rules don’t apply. The entertainment rivals Broadway, and the boardwalk features motels, nightclubs, and amusement piers.
Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (Steve Buscemi) is the town’s Treasurer, but also a political fixer and backroom dealer. He takes full advantage of the location of his city, being the center for rum-runners, and close to both Philadelphia and New York City.
Nucky’s brother, Elias (Shea Whigham), is the town sheriff. He, the Ward Bosses, and local heavies help Nucky position himself as the “go to guy” behind the illegal alcohol. He readily does business with the more noted gangsters like Arnold Rothstein (Michael Stuhlbarg), Big Jim Colosimo (Frank Crudele), Lucky Luciano (Vincent Piazza), and Al Capone (Stephen Graham).
Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt) is just coming home after the Great War, and can’t wait to get back to his rightful place within Nucky’s organization. It doesn’t go as quickly as he’d like so he forges ahead with his own business. He aligns with associates that bring the Feds, headed up by Agent Van Alden (Michael Shannon), into the mix.
Meanwhile, Nucky is getting romantically close with an abused woman who he tries to help out, Margaret Schroeder (Kelly Macdonald).
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