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TV Junkie: Interviews from the 'Boardwalk Empire' Premiere

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On Wednesday we went to the premiere of HBO's new series, "Boardwalk Empire" at the Ziegfeld Theatre in Manhattan. We spoke with plenty of people associated with the show as well as several who have worked with HBO in the past ("True Blood", "Entourage", "The Sopranos", "John Adams"). "Boardwalk Empire" does deliver on the hype - it's beautifully shot on amazing sets with great performances set to exceptional writing.

Steve Buscemi makes an excellent crook-politician in his portrayal of Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, King of Atlantic City and he looks the part of the Roaring '20s schemer, what with his Peter Lorre-esque eyes and thinning combover. For all the gorgeous sets and costumes, it's important to realize that these empires were built on the family relationships and strategic alliances. The ones to keep the closest eye on are the relationships between "Nucky" and his brother Sheriff "Eli" Thompson (played by Shea Whigham), "Nucky" and the young lion James "Jimmy" Darmody played by Michael Pitt, and the appearances of interlopers such as young versions of Al Capone, "Lucky" Luciano (played by Vincent Piazza), and Arnold Rothstein (played by Michael Stuhlbarg).