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HBO Renews BOARDWALK EMPIRE For Season Two!! Biggest HBO Launch In 6 Years!!

Published at: Sept. 22, 2010, 1:06 a.m. CST by hercules

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For Immediate Release HBO RENEWS BOARDWALK EMPIRE FOR SECOND SEASON LOS ANGELES, Sept. 21, 2010 – Following resounding critical approval and high viewer numbers for the series’ Sept. 19 debut, HBO has renewed BOARDWALK EMPIRE for a second season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. “All the ingredients aligned for this one, from Mark Wahlberg and Steve Levinson’s initial pitch, to Martin Scorsese’s enormous contributions as director and executive producer, to the genius of Terry Winter and the expertise of Tim Van Patten, to a stellar cast led by Steve Buscemi,” said Lombardo. “The response from the media and our viewers has been nothing short of amazing.” From Terence Winter, Emmy® Award-winning writer of “The Sopranos” and Academy Award®-winning director Martin Scorsese, BOARDWALK EMPIRE is set in Atlantic City at the dawn of Prohibition, when the sale of alcohol became illegal throughout the United States. Among the early critical raves, People called the show “not-to-be-missed,” hailing Steve Buscemi’s “brilliant, brutally funny performance,” while USA Today observed that BOARDWALK EMPIRE “looks to be the season’s best new show on any outlet.” The Philadelphia Inquirer said the series “stands at the pinnacle of TV achievement,” with the New York Observer noting, “It’s really, really good.” The Sept. 19 premiere of BOARDWALK EMPIRE averaged 4.8 million viewers during the 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) airing to score HBO’s largest premiere of any program in over six years (since March 21, 2004 – “Deadwood” with “The Sopranos” as lead-in). With additional plays at 10:15 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., BOARDWALK EMPIRE was watched by a combined 7.1 million viewers for the night. Season one credits: Created by Terence Winter, BOARDWALK EMPIRE is executive produced by Terence Winter, Martin Scorsese, Tim Van Patten, Stephen Levinson and Mark Wahlberg; co-executive producers, Gene Kelly and Lawrence Konner; producers (series), Rudd Simmons and Rick Yorn; producer (pilot), David Coatsworth; supervising producers, Howard Korder and Margaret Nagle.

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  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:12 p.m. CST

    The pilot was a little underwhelming...

    by Mr. Profit

    I don't see a need to keep my HBO subscription for this show... Hopefully for HBO's sake, those numbers hold up...

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST

    All HBO shows start off slow

    by Cdiesel77

    it was underwhleming but by seasons end it will pick up

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST

    It's Called Building An Environment/Character

    by Crow3711

    So that the drama actually matters in the end of the season. So you actually care. I can't stand people who think every pilot should start off with a bang. The bang means nothing if you don't care. Lost was an exception, but most of the time that shut doesn't work IMO

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Biggest HBO opening in 6 years

    by torontoxic

    That should be the clearest sign that something is wrong with that company. <P> How much does this show cost to produce again? <P> What a fucking joke. <P> Thank christ for FX and AMC.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Actually, The Event last Night Is a Perfect Example

    by Crow3711

    A lot of crazy, interesting things happening, action packed pilot, literally flew by, felt like it took 30 minutes for the hour. But at the end I asked...why do I give a shit? I don't know anything about any of these people, except what other characters told me about them. "Sean is trustworthy". "the new president is a good man". I think once we know what "the event" in question is, if you go back and watch that pilot, it's going to seem retarded. Where losts pilot is nearly infinitely revisit-able, this one is the opposite. The more we learn, the stupider that episode will seem. Where with lost you go back and that pilot informs so much about each character, and reqatching highlights those moments, instead of making them seem forced. Building character, rather than telling me "that's jack. Hes good".

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Gotta love Scorsese

    by crazybubba

    The show sucked until all the killing started and the cops recruited the sidekick.The guy playing Al Capone kicks ass.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Loved it.

    by blackwood

    I watched five minutes of The Event and checked out. Not interested. But Boardwalk seems like a keeper.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Opening credits were a little too modern looking

    by 3D-Man

    But otherwise, loved it!

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:53 p.m. CST

    HBO has been pathetic.

    by fiester

    With the exception of a couple of very good half-hour comedies (Flight of The Conchords and Eastbound and Down) the network has been shit on shit and still more shit--everything greenlit seems geared towards 40-something Sex and The City cougars or gay men. I bet the people giving the go ahead to these shows are a bunch of gay guys and single women in their 50s--and they program the shit they think they'd like to watch. Every now and again something good slips through, probably due to oversight more than anything else (Example: "Eastbound and Down, only 6 shows, and it has Will Ferrall attached, sure, why not? I don't care.")

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Been waiting a long time for the next big

    by John_McClanes_Vest

    unmissable show. Fingers crossed, this could be it.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 1 p.m. CST

    If Cougars and gay men are responsible

    by jim

    for bringing us The Pacific and Game of Thrones, more power to them!

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Mafia Soap Opera?

    by GodsRightHandGimp

    Is this word I am hearing on the street for real? Is this show just a soap opera like Mad Men? My parole officer wont let me subscribe to HBO so I am curious.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Underwhelming?

    by alan_poon

    It did everything I expected it to do and did it well. You want to fuck it off after one episode then more fool you.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Underwhelming?

    by alan_poon

    It did everything I expected it to do and did it well. You want to fuck it off after one episode then more fool you.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Actually, 3D-Man . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . the opening credits flat-out suck. Just overtook Nurse Jackie as my most-hated opening credits. But the show seems like quite the keeper. Can't wait for the next episode. And seeing that brief glimpse of Game of Thrones before it started was NICE. Winter is coming, bitches!!!!

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Cast Your Minds Back to the First Episode of Deadwood

    by Aquatarkusman

    ABout half the first episode was the jailed dude trying to get himself properly hung before the lynch mob got him.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST

    We'll see how strong a writer Winter is without Chase

    by rosasaks

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Fiester

    by JoeD

    Recent Past,Present and Future: Game of Thrones. The Ricky Gervais Show. Hung. How to Make it in America. Eastbound and Down. In Treatment. Entourage. Boardwalk Empire. Bored to Death. Treme. The Pacific. Generation Kill. Deadwood. Band of Brothers. John from Cincinatti. John Adams. Carnivale. The Sopranos. Extras. Little Britain USA. Rome. Sure, several shows cater more to women. True Blood and Sex and the City (off the air 6 years ago). But their programming is diverse as hell and getting better by the day.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Aqua

    by Johnny Smith

    Let's be fair. That was only the first scene, which was about seven or eight minutes in length.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Curb Your Enthusiasm was very good last year

    by rosasaks

    And returning soon.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Boardwalk Empire and Hung, btw...

    by Johnny Smith

    ...are the only shows worth watching on this network since Carnivale and Deadwood ended.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Eastbound, Curb and True Blood

    by Nice Marmot

    are all worth watching.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Bored to Death

    by Bruce Thomas Wayne

    Definitely worth watching

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Should have had Scorsese direct a few Carnivale episodes....

    by DanielKurland

    Maybe we'd see that coming to conclusion right about now, then.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST

    This was good but give me Game of Thrones.

    by skycrapper

    The end of that pilot episode will be epic.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST

    No sign of UK release, so i torrented.

    by wayneagainstthemachine

    I liked it. No recent UK release to be seen (assume its on sky as part of their HBO tie-up) so will be torrenting this series in 720p. It was actually downloaded and ready to watch by monday lunch time, so that works for me. Come on sky, I pay you £70 a month to save me the hassle of torrenting!

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST

    SKY / HBO

    by rosasaks

    Why don't they just rebrand one of the movie channels as HBO UK and get on with it quick.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 2:56 p.m. CST

    It may need some time

    by veritasses

    to settle in to a groove. The pilot was good but didn't meet the hype. There were some small things with the costume/production design and acting which were "off" and the writing wasn't quite were it needs to be. But it's got a lot of potential. I'm interested enough to see where it goes... for now.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Nobody wants to miss out on "the next big thing..."

    by Somerichs

    Like they all supposedly did on The Wire and any number of others. They wanna be able to say "I watched it from the very beginning." Remains to be seen how the ratings hold up, however...

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 3:11 p.m. CST

    WINTER IS COMING

    by BilboRing

    This will own you fucks!

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST

    I don't expect every Pilot to be Lost and Alias

    by Mr. Profit

    Those 2 pilots were the best I had seen. Even if both shows ended badly IMO.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Furthermore, it was hyped too much to me...

    by Mr. Profit

    I have a lot of friends who work at HBO and have been telling me how this was going to be THE show to help get it back to the Sopranos glory days. And how it was better than The Sopranos, Rome, and Six Feet Under... Guess I was expecting too much. I don't have a need to really keep HBO for one show. Especially if I will get the DVD for free anyway.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 3:22 p.m. CST

    3D-Man

    by WeylandYutani

    I agree, the opening did not seem to match the tone of the series well at all IMO. <P> As for the pilot, it was very well executed (what do you expect from Scorsese) but I can't say this looks any more original than any other gangster period piece, other than the setting which is not NY or Chicago. I did like it though and I love period pieces that have such a close attention to detail... wardrobe, set design, locations etc. <P> I hope EB is just a slow burn narratively and steadily becomes more interesting as we move through the season.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 3:27 p.m. CST

    HBO has the goods

    by Sonny_Williams

    Suck it, naysayers! BE has a lot to set up for the viewer and the pilot did a damn good job of that. It's got an interesting look and feel, slick and glossy like the era it portrays. Looking forward to each episode.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 3:27 p.m. CST

    It wasn't as good as Road to Perdition

    by rosasaks

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Wait... Wahlberg?

    by ShelbKis

    I haven't seen the first ep yet... but Wahlberg is producing this? Does that mean cameos out the ass and paint by the number scripts by season 3?

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Can't get into True Blood...

    by jimmy rabbitte

    and was bored and disappointed, by The Pacific; but Boardwalk Empire looks to be very good.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Buscemi also Directed my fave Sopranos ep...

    by Cletus Van Damme

    "Pine Barrens"

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 4:57 p.m. CST

    I agree with Mr. Profit...

    by -guyinthebackrow

    I found the pilot to be very uneven. Some of the stuff was great, but there were too many music breaks, some poor acting by one of our leads, a pointless character (you can guess), and some of the worst and out of place use of freeze-frames I've ever seen. DO NOT use freeze-frames in a period piece! Is that too hard to grapple. However, I loved a lot of it and I hope it gets better. I'll watch the entire first season because I like the world, but so far this is no THE WIRE or DEADWOOD.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Agree that some of it was uneven...

    by SK229

    but I think it all added up to having the potential to really become an epic story, extremely well told. That pilot was just some growing pains... with something like this, I think there's so much to figure out and do, so much story to tell and weave in and out over such a long period of time, not to mention the logistics of doing something period, that there's always going to be a slightly imperfect beginning. From what I've heard, the latter episodes are much better as it finds its groove. Much better to me, means it all just works and that equals true greatness. <p>That said, I'd love to see a miniseries on the Life of John D. Rockefeller taken from the Ron Chernow book 'Titan'. I don't know why watching this show made me think of it. I guess it's because we always see these period pieces with ruthless guys like Lucky Luciano, Al Capone, Nucky, etc., but the truest form of ice cold, iron fisted ruthlessness was going on in Standard Oil. In the pilot, they said something like Arnold Rothstein is worth something like $10 million... Rockefeller was worth NINE HUNDRED MILLION at the outset of WW1, probably more than that by 1920. The mind boggles at what it took to get to that point during that time period and to keep track of it.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 6:21 p.m. CST

    I'm not gay .... but I've always kind of figured

    by Itchy

    Buscemi had a huge dick. I mean, God had to do something to make up for that grill, right ?

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Best Pilot

    by jbs9200

    "The Black Donnellys" was the best pilot I have seen in ages. Unfortunately, the series sucked. <p> More happened in that pilot than happened in the rest of the series. The show came out of the gate like a rocket and then nothing happened for the rest of the series. At the end of the pilot the main character was a major crime boss, then the rest of the series was him not acting like a crime boss but like a high school kid. WTF? <p> .

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Deadwood pilot

    by jbs9200

    Conversely, did nothing to get me excited about the show. But I watched the rest of the 1st season due to the movie-like production values. By the mid-point of season 1 I thought Deadwood was best Western series I ever saw.<p> Rome's pilot was great. Carnival's pilot was spot on. <p> I forget what I thought of The Wire's pilot. It didn't matter I was a huge Homicide/David Simon fan.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 7:07 p.m. CST

    wayneagainstthemachine

    by brabon300

    you do know that there are sites that stream pirated vids...right?

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Old News

    by film11

    Posted the renewal news here 5 months ago! Stick with the show..it'll be covering everything from a presidential election to hearing that amazing new invention...radio! You'll be involved in the whole world of the time period.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Television needs shows like Boardwalk Empire...

    by stankratz

    Yes there were quirks, but this is the pilot. I for one would be happy to support any facebook page supporting the trashing of the current opening credits. They reminded me of a cheesy British soap from the 90s called El Dorado!<p> Anyway, I watched this with it so hyped in my head. A slow burning pilot is alright with me, as now I actually care somewhat about 3-4 characters. I really hope this goes on to make millions for all the execs because then they may have money to invest in a final series of Deadwood. As if the fuckers would spend it on such a good idea.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Hopefully the guy playing Al Capone

    by HapaPapa72

    Will make me forget him as Tommy in "Snatch". He seems to be doughy enough. Nucky's butler or whatever he is hilarious. "I'm sorry, I heard screaming..." "That's cuz we were FUCKING, you moron!"

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Underwhelming ??

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    Was fantastic, its what HBO has been missing for a few years. Plenty of establishing characters, as well as a fair amount of action and story. HBO who set the scene for amazing TV, and since has had AMC take the lead, looks to be back in play. This series will kick butt and will be some competition for Mad Men next year. <p> But yeah agree on the credits, some improvement there required

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 12:05 a.m. CST

    Opening titles

    by jbs9200

    The opening titles wouldn't be half as bad without the horrid music over top of them.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 1:47 a.m. CST

    Looking forward to that other show they ran a promo for at the s

    by rosasaks

    Awfully good of Steve Buscemi to sign up for that one too.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 8:47 a.m. CST

    What other show?

    by film11

    Do you mean MILDRED PIERCE? Buscemi is not in that one.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:22 a.m. CST

    wish hbo luck

    by palewook

    suspect this show is only going to run 2 seasons

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Game of Thrones will have a short leash

    by thevision

    Read an article that programming grand poo-bah of HBO admitted he's not a genre fan when discussing "Game of Thrones" but needed to broaden HBO's programming. I don't count "True Blood," because it has dark humor, satire and has big following with chicks and gay guys. "Game of Thrones" better have gianormous ratings to justify its cost or it'll be another "Rome" and "Carnivale" and be gone after 2 seasons max. Anyway, never read the book, but did Sean Bean dig out his Boromir outfit for this role?

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Anyone watch the Sopranos pilot?

    by thewirebitches

    Il take the Boardwalk Empire pilot over that anyday. Sopranos took a half of season to get into a groove, let's see where this one takes us. It's only the first episode for christsakes. God damn Internet and MTV ruined everyone mind. This " I want it NOW" mentality has ruined this generation. Patience !

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 3:21 p.m. CST

    The Opening

    by _Maltheus_

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought the credits just didn't belong. I was worried for a second that the whole show would take on that tone. But I ended up really enjoying it. Most HBO pilots don't do as well for me ('cept for maybe Sopranos and Carnivale).<br /> <br /> This is a horrible year for TV. I'm happy to have gotten at least one new show out of it.

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