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HBO Sets Premiere Date for 'Boardwalk Empire'

by Scott Harris, posted Jul 9th 2010 3:00PM
In their classic song 'Under the Boardwalk,' the Drifters crooned that "from the park you hear the happy sound of a carousel. You can almost taste the hot dogs and French fries they sell." But if Martin Scorsese has anything to say about it, the boardwalk is about to be singing a very different tune -- one involving the sound of gunfire and the taste of blood.

Yes, the television event of the year has finally been announced: as multiple outlets, including Deadline, are reporting, HBO has revealed that Scorsese's upcoming period drama 'Boardwalk Empire' will debut on Sunday, September 19 at 9PM.

No, the series isn't about the most ruthless game of Monopoly ever played, at least not literally. But like the board game, 'Boardwalk Empire,' which was adapted by 'The Sopranos' writer Terence Winter from the book 'Boardwalk Empire: the Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City,' is set prohibition era Atlantic City. Unlike Monopoly, however, this version has a violent pilot directed by the legendary Scorsese, which is the Hollywood equivalent of landing on Community Chest and drawing a Get Out of Jail Free card.
The series isn't resting on Scorsese's laurels, though; while the director is expected to stay on in some kind of creative capacity after the pilot, just how much involvement he will have is unknown. But that doesn't look to be a problem given the stellar cast that includes the always-dangerous Steve Buscemi alongside Michael Shannon (a Best Supporting Actor nominee for 'Revolutionary Road') and Michael K. Williams (Omar Little from the critically acclaimed HBO series 'The Wire').

Sounds to good to be true? Well, that's only half as good as it actually looks. Check out this trailer and see if you can keep yourself from counting down the days until September 19:


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