HBO Takes Walk With 'Boardwalk Empire' Series

HBO has ordered the 1920s-era drama Boardwalk Empire, starring Steve Buscemi, to series for a 2010 debut.

Set at the dawn of Prohibition, the project, likely to debut in 2010, chronicles the life and times of Nucky Thompson, played by Buscemi, according to HBO's logline for the show. Buscemi's character is described as "the undisputed ruler of Atlantic City, who was equal parts politician and gangster."

The premium network picked up 11 episodes plus the pilot, which was directed by Martin Scorsese. Sopranos alum Terence Winter created the series and will executive produce along with Scorsese, Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg and Tim Van Patten. Production is slated to begin this fall where the pilot was filmed, Steiner Studios in Brooklyn, NY.

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