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HBO announces ‘Boardwalk Empire’ will premiere Sept. 19
July 13, 2010, 5:42 pm
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HBO followed its big sweep of Emmy nominations Thursday with some news Friday about its next major project expected to be a big awards contender. The network announced that “Boardwalk Empire,” a period drama set in tumultuous, Prohibition-era Atlantic City, N.J., will premiere Sept. 19. That means the series will be launching just as the broadcast networks are premiering all their new fall shows — a sign HBO must feel particularly confident in its prospects.

The series stars Steve Buscemi as the corrupt quasi-fictional politician Nucky Thompson, who turns the ban on alcohol to his advantage. Martin Scorsese serves as executive producer and directed the pilot. The show was created by Terence Winter, a “Sopranos” writer, who recruited much of the crew from that program to join him.

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