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'Boardwalk Empire' Gangster Index, Week 4: Where Have You Gone, Commodore?

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 17th 2011 1:30PM
Just when we were starting to get a read on the complex political landscape developing on Season Two of 'Boardwalk Empire,' a massive eruption has shifted everything around ... again. With the Commodore, Nucky Thompson's chief nemesis, incapacitated by a stroke, the anti-Nucky conspirators suddenly find themselves without a leader, and panicked by the thought that betraying Atlantic City's treasurer may be the last mistake they'll make on this Earth.

Nucky's stock, meanwhile, is back on the rise, as he continues to find creative ways to quickly re-occupy the power vacuum we saw forming after his arrest. And as both Thompson and Darmody set their sites on extending their bootlegging operation into Philadelphia, a proxy war looms on the horizon.

To keep track of the deals, deception and death, AOL TV is maintaining the 'Boardwalk Empire' gangster index, a guide to who's up and who's down among HBO's organized criminals.

Check out the index to find out how your favorite liquor-slinging sociopath fared in Episode Four, 'What Does the Bee Do?'

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Harrow Agrees to Let Angela Sketch Him on 'Boardwalk Empire' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 17th 2011 7:00AM
'Boardwalk Empire' - 'What Does the Bee Do?'Less than enthused about her latest attempts to paint on 'Boardwalk Empire' (Sun., 9PM ET on HBO), Angela struck upon a bold idea when Richard Harrow arrived to pick up her husband Jimmy. She asked if he would be willing to sit for her, so she can paint him.

At first, she painted him with his mask on. But as she worked, he began to open up to her about love and how the war changed him. He talked about how close he and his twin sister Emma were before the war.

"When I came back from the war, she nursed me and gave me morphine to keep the pain at bay, but suddenly I felt different toward her," he admitted. "I would stare at her and feel nothing."

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'Boardwalk Empire' Renewed for Season 3

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 12th 2011 1:20PM
Boardwalk Empire Season 3 Nucky Thompson may be surrounded by enemies, but at least HBO is still in his corner. The network has renewed 'Boardwalk Empire' for a third season.

"Following a triumphant first season, I was eager to see what Terry Winter, Martin Scorsese and the rest of their stellar team had in store, and they continue to surpass our highest expectations," Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming, said in a statement. "The response from the media and our viewers has been extremely gratifying."

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'Boardwalk Empire' Gangster Index, Week 3: With Chaos Comes Opportunity

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 10th 2011 12:30PM
In the wake of Nucky Thompson's arrest, Atlantic City's underground economy is suddenly up for grabs. With such a powerful figure on the sidelines, a system that was once consolidated and orderly has devolved into chaos. And for 'Boardwalk Empire's' gangster population, that chaos equals opportunity.

To keep track of the deals, deception and death, AOL TV is maintaining the 'Boardwalk Empire' gangster index, a guide to who's up and who's down among HBO's organized criminals.

Check out the index to find out how your favorite liquor-slinging sociopath fared in Episode Three, 'A Dangerous Maid.'

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Nucky Tells Jimmy and the Commodore He'll Ruin Them on 'Boardwalk Empire' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 10th 2011 4:15AM
'Boardwalk Empire' - 'A Dangerous Maid'Nucky Thompson may not completely be a gangster yet on 'Boardwalk Empire' (Sun., 9PM ET on HBO), but he's certainly close enough to act like one when he's trying to lay some intimidation down on someone. With the Commodore and Jimmy angling against him, a lobster dinner was the last straw.

When the Commodore was enjoying his lobster, while Nucky was being told they were out, he lost it and approached the Commodore's table, knocking the lobster onto the ground. At the center of it all is Jimmy, the Commodore's biological son, but more a son to Nucky than even blood can make.

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'Boardwalk Empire' Gangster Index: Vultures Circle Atlantic City After Nucky's Arrest

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 3rd 2011 1:45PM
There's a lot of plotting and scheming happening on 'Boardwalk Empire.' The vultures are circling Atlantic City after Nucky Thompson's been charged with election fraud and betrayed by his inner circle.

The show's milieu of gangsters are all making their moves to exploit the new power vacuum. To keep track of the deals, death and deception, we're here to provide 'The Boardwalk Empire' gangster index, a guide to the politics of 'Boardwalk''s organized crime scene.

Check out whose stock, and power, is up and down after Episode Two's developments.

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Nucky and Margaret Discuss the Plot Against Him on 'Boardwalk Empire' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 3rd 2011 8:45AM
'Boardwalk Empire' S02/E02This week on 'Boardwalk Empire' (Sun., 9PM ET on HBO) Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) comes to the harsh realization that several members of his inner circle have betrayed him.

As he ponders recent events, feeling isolated, Nucky fills Margaret in on his affairs in a way he hasn't before. When Margaret (Kelly MacDonald) asks, "Who is against you?" he replies "All of them ... " before listing his new enemies off one by one.

Happily for Nucky, Margaret has a core of pure steel, and as she comes to his aid in his current predicament she shows herself to be far removed from the downtrodden and abused wife she was at the beginning of Season 1.

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Aleksa Palladino Discusses Her Bisexual 'Boardwalk Empire' Character (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 29th 2011 6:40PM
Aleksa Palladino stopped by 'Good Day NY' (weekdays, 9AM ET on Fox) to talk about her 'Boardwalk Empire' character Angela Darmody, one of the Prohibition drama's most modern women.

"She's sort of a controversial one too, because she has ambitions that are still very unique for the time. She's a painter and she's exploring her own sexuality ... with women and with men," Palladino said, much to the intrigue of host Greg Kelly. "Why haven't I been told about this before?" he asked incredulously.

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Ken Burns Previews His 'Prohibition' Documentary (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Sep 27th 2011 7:15PM

The phrase "single-issue campaigns, the decline of civil discourse and smear campaigns against presidential candidates" sounds like something you might hear on cable news these days, but that's how Ken Burns set the scene for his newest documentary 'Prohibition.'

Burns stopped by 'Good Day New York' (weekdays, 9AM ET on Fox) to preview the three-part documentary, which chronicles the rise and fall of the 18th Amendment.

The documentary filmmaker described American pre-prohibition drinking habits as an around-the-clock boozefest. "People had booze at breakfast ... the President of the United States John Adams would take a ladle-ful of hard cider," he said. In response, the Temperance Movement was born, which relied on the "insane idea that if you got rid of drink ... everything would be alright."

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'Boardwalk Empire' Season 2 Premiere Recap: Things Are Changing in Atlantic City

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 25th 2011 10:01PM

The Season 2 premiere of HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire' wasted little time thrusting the Atlantic City power structure we grew to know in Season 1 into a state of chaos and flux. While some critics, including AOL TV's own Mo Ryan, have called 'Boardwalk' slow-paced and somewhat boring, the action-packed Season Two premiere delivered major developments for Nucky Thompson and several of the show's main characters. It opened and closed with a bang, literally and figuratively.

A few minutes into the episode, the Ku Klux Klan attacked Chalky White's bootlegging safe-house in a chilling, 1920s-style drive-by-shooting, emptying a gigantic machine gun into the distillery. The brutal attack killed four of Chalky's people and wounded half-a-dozen others, including a woman. It was an unsettling and intense scene to watch that proved to be a pivotal jumping-off point for several of Season One's simmering storylines.

Chalky managed to shoot one of the Klansman as they escaped, but in a reflection of the unjust racial politics of the era, the story around Atlantic City immediately became "Chalky White shot a Klansman," and a political crisis unfolded for him and Nucky Thompson.

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Michael K. Williams Talks 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 2, 'Community' & Loving Twitter

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 24th 2011 11:00AM
Michael K. Williams, 'Boardwalk Empire''Boardwalk Empire,' which was nominated for 18 Emmys for its first season, is back for more, and Season 2 (premieres Sun., Sept. 25, 9PM ET on HBO) kicks off with a bang. Literally.

With the return of the white-hooded KKK to Atlantic City, Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) is forced to figure out where his allegiances lie: With his most prominent voters, or with his most powerful -- and black -- friend, Chalky White, played by Michael K. Williams.

Chalky is a fan-favorite character in the show's otherwise morally ambiguous landscape of prohibition era Atlantic City, and when I caught up with Williams to talk Season 2, he teased that it'll only get crazier this season on Chalky's path to finding justice.

We also talked about the emotional tug of reenacting such a horrific reality for blacks in the 1920s, and seeing more of Chalky's family, which Williams says is "the crack in his armor."

Then we talked about some lighter stuff, like his awesome turn as an ex-con turned biology teacher on 'Community,' his favorite shows on TV and his love affair with Twitter. Keep reading for more ...

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Vincent Piazza Talks Playing Lucky Luciano & 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 2

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 23rd 2011 4:30PM
HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire' centers on a crew of legendary American gangsters in the early stages of their rise to power.

For actor Vincent Piazza, signing on to play the brooding, quick-tempered Lucky Luciano was a daunting challenge. He learned everything he could about the iconic mobster, immersing himself in the history and lore associated with the man who would eventually organize the mafia into its five families.

I got the chance to talk with Piazza about where 'Boardwalk' is heading in its second season (premieres Sun., Sept. 25, 9PM ET on HBO), a season that will see the younger generation of gangsters start to carve out new roles for themselves as Prohibition drags on.

Keep reading to find out whether or not Lucky can work effectively with the Atlantic City crew after sleeping with Jimmy Darmody's mother in Season 1, and if 'Boardwalk' will show viewers the birth of an alliance between Luciano and Al Capone.

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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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Trio of Talking TV Podcasts Take on Fall TV, FX Comedies and 'Boardwalk Empire'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 15th 2011 2:30PM
The fall deluge is upon us, so to handle all the television that's coming at us, Ryan McGee and I cranked out three Talking TV podcasts this week.

Two of them are devoted to new fall programs. In the first one, we talk about new shows that air on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. In the second podcast, we talk about new programs that air Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

The third podcast has three main sections: The FX comedies 'Archer' and 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' (which return Thursday), a discussion of HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire' (which begins its second season Sept. 25) and a tribute to 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand' actor Andy Whitfield, who passed away on Sunday.

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Creative Arts Emmys: 'Boardwalk Empire' Leads the Way With 7 Wins, Paltrow and Timberlake Grab Guest Gold

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 11th 2011 10:30AM
The 2011 Emmys got off to an early start Saturday night in Los Angeles, as the Creative Arts portion honored the more behind-the-scenes aspects of TV production like casting, cinematography, makeup and choreography. The Emmys for best guest starring roles and reality TV categories were also awarded.

HBO's Atlantic City prohibition drama 'Boardwalk Empire' led the way with seven wins, including Casting in a Drama Series and Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series.

Discovery Channel's 'Deadliest Catch' won four Emmys, including both Cinematography and Picture Editing for a Reality Series.

Other highlights included: 'The Walking Dead' got recognized for its awesome zombies, winning for Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special; Gwyneth Paltrow won the Best Comedy Guest Actress Emmy for her role on 'Glee'; and Justin Timberlake scored Best Comedy Guest Actor for 'Saturday Night Live.'

'The Kennedys,' 'Mildred Pierce,' 'SNL' and 'So You Think You Can Dance' took home three statues each.

Check out the complete winners list after the jump, courtesy of Goldderby.com. The Creative Arts Emmys air next Sat., Nov. 17, on Reelz Channel, and the Emmys air live Sun., Sept. 18, 8PM ET/5PM PT on Fox.

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