For Immediate Release
Aug. 6, 2010
HBO DRAMA SERIES BOARDWALK EMPIRE DEBUTS SEPT. 19
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.
From Terence Winter, Emmy® Award-winning writer of “The Sopranos” and
Academy® Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, BOARDWALK EMPIRE is set in
Atlantic City at the dawn of Prohibition, when the sale of alcohol became illegal
throughout the United States. The new HBO drama series kicks off its 12-episode
season SUNDAY, SEPT. 19 (9:00-10:15 p.m. ET/PT).
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 ho