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December 17, 2014

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Review: In Season 2, 'Boardwalk Empire' Proves to Be an Expensive, Expansive Misfire

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 22nd 2011 3:30PM
'Boardwalk Empire' (9PM ET Sunday, HBO) appears to have all the trappings of a quality cable drama.

It has a gifted cast and a conflicted central character. It has outstanding production values, a high-class pedigree and it spins out multiple narratives depicting people involved in questionable, if not nefarious, activities. It's an expensive period drama that airs on HBO, for goodness' sake.

And it should be to 'Boardwalk Empire's' credit that it does its utmost to lay out a meticulous panorama of Atlantic City in the '20s. We critics are always complaining about shows that drop plots, lose focus or go down blind alleys, but 'Boardwalk Empire' has a certain relentlessness when it comes to building the world of bootlegger and politician Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi).

But there's a problem here. Despite all the attention to detail, or maybe because of it, 'Boardwalk Empire' is a slog. For long periods of time, it's boring, glum, bloodless slog.

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TV Squad Ten: Fearless predictions for 2009

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 5th 2009 11:01AM
M ScorseseA year ago at this time, who would have guessed that Jay Leno would be leaving late night and NBC would be handing him five hours of prime time instead? Who would have predicted CBS continuing to dominate in the ratings or that ABC's sophomore series like Eli Stone and Pushing Daisies would stumble and fall so completely after being off the air all last spring? Predictors from last January were on target about there being a writers' strike; that did happen and it was definitely not a good thing.

Fortunately, I don't see a SAG strike in the future. However, here are ten things I'm betting will happen by the time the ball drops on December 31st.

1. Martin Scorsese will be the next big thing on HBO. He's producing a drama based on the book Boardwalk Empire. HBO is overdue to launch another big series in The Sopranos tradition. Boardwalk Empire seems to have all the right elements: violence, sex, gambling, and Oscar-winning, iconic director Martin Scorsese.

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HBO signs writer to Scorsese's Boardwalk Empire

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 4th 2008 7:05PM
martyIt sounds like HBO is looking for another series in The Sopranos tradition. Or maybe it was The Sopranos that was in the Scorsese tradition? Either way, we recently told you about Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese's HBO project Boardwalk Empire (teaming with Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson of Entourage fame), and now we can report that they've hired Terence Winter to pen the script for Boardwalk Empire. That's the name of Nelson Johnson's book about the dark underbelly in the rise and fall of Atlantic City, on which this project will be based. Call me crazy, but this sounds like perfect material for Scorsese's sensibilities, even if he's producing rather than directing.

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Scorsese and Wahlberg developing new series for HBO

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 7th 2007 10:01AM

scorseseMartin Scorsese is developing a new series for HBO along with Mark Wahlberg about the development of Atlantic City. The new series will based on the book Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City by Nelson Johnson, which was optioned by HBO.

Scorsese has been getting into television more and more, and it will be interesting to see what he and Wahlberg (who will both serve as executive producers) will come up with for this new series, but if it has to do with gambling, power struggles, and back stabbing, I can't think of anyone better suited to helming the project than Scorsese.

Wahlberg is also developing an English language version of the Israeli drama In Treatment for HBO.

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How I Met Your Mother: Atlantic City

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 13th 2006 10:09PM
How I Met Your Mother(S02E08) You mean to tell me that Atlantic City has a lot of old people crowding the slot machines and is full of garbage on the beach? Who knew?

Actually, AC, while not the "Shangri-La" that Las Vegas is, isn't as horrific as TV writers would lead you to believe. But it was a good backdrop for tonight's rare one-story episode.

So...Marshall and Lilly are back together. Like I said last week, it would have been nice for them to explore them trying to co-exist as friends in the group for a little while longer, but the deed is done. Now, they're starting to talk about marriage again; Marshall even makes Lilly get down on a knee and propose all formal-like. But instead of getting up in front of Marshall's family, who still might be a little miffed at Lilly for leaving him, they decide to elope in Atantic City.

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What's on tonight: Eureka, World Series of Poker, Last Comic Standing, Fear Factor

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 25th 2006 4:40PM
  • Bruce and Steven SpielbergAt 8, CBS has a new Big Brother: All-Stars, followed by a new Rock Star: Supernova.
  • NBC has a new Fear Factor at 8, followed by a new Last Comic Standing.
  • AMC has Jaws at 8.
  • Also at 8: ESPN has two new episodes of The 2006 World Series of Poker (circuit championships, from Atlantic City and Las Vegas).
  • At 9, ABC has a new ep of The One.
  • Discovery has a new Dirty Jobs at 9.
  • TLC has a new Overhaulin' at 9, followed by a new Miami Ink.
  • There's a new episode of Work Out on Bravo at 9.
  • Also at 9: Sci-Fi Channel has a new Eureka.

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The X-Files: The Jersey Devil

by Anna Johns, posted Jul 9th 2006 8:14AM
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(S01E05)  Before I get into this episode, let me just say that season one of The X-Files is phenomenal. I had forgotten how many terrific episodes were packed into the first season. Chris Carter really seemed to have this show down solid right out of the gate. He set up the series with aliens, government cover-ups and monsters; and episode five of season one introduced us to the agents.

We learn that Mulder lives and breathes his work. He and Scully travel up to Atlantic City, New Jersey, where Mulder butts heads with the local PD, who have jurisdiction over the case of a Bigfoot-looking creature that is killing homeless people. Mulder thinks it's the famous Jersey Devil, which chewed a man's arm off in the 1960s. He chooses to stay in Atlantic City for the weekend to look for the 'devil', while Scully returns to Washington, D.C. for her godson's birthday.

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Miss America's second chance

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 14th 2006 8:32AM
The Miss America pageant is back. By... popular demand? Well, that remains to be seen. The pageant, which couldn't find a home after dreadful ratings in 2004, begins today in Las Vegas (although, the final doesn't air until next weekend). This is the first year in the pageant's 85-year history that it isn't being held in Atlantic City. There are some other changes in store, too. Instead of the traditional parade of beauty queens in convertibles, the contestants will arrive at the Aladdin hotel Hollywood-style, complete with the red carpet and luxury coaches. And, instead of a talk show-type host, Desperate Housewives actor James Denton is doing the honors. The competition itself sounds like it's exactly the same, boring stuff that American viewers have been turning away from for years: talent, bathing suits, question-and-answer, bad choreography. Well, maybe it's not the bathing suits that they've been turning away from.

The question is... are CMT viewers the ones who will revive the beauty pageant?

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