Boardwalk Empire is an American television series from cable network HBO, set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the Prohibition era. It stars Steve Buscemi as Enoch “Nucky” Thompson. The show was adapted from a book about historical criminal kingpin Enoch “Nucky” Johnson by Nelson Johnson entitled Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City, by Emmy Award-winning screenwriter and producer Terence Winter of The Sopranos.
The first episode, with a final cost of $18 million, was directed by Martin Scorsese and was the most expensive pilot episode produced in television history. He won the Directors Guild Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series. On September 1, 2009, HBO picked up the series for an additional 11 episodes.It premiered on September 19, 2010.The series was immediately renewed for a second season on September 20, 2010,which will premiere on HBO on September 25, 2011.
Boardwalk Empire has received widespread critical acclaim since its premiere and has been nominated for two Writers Guild of America Awards, for Best Writing in a Dramatic Series and Best Writing in a New Series, and won a Golden Globe for best Dramatic Series. In addition, at the 2010 Golden Globes, Steve Buscemi won for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series and Kelly Macdonald was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television.
Boardwalk Empire is a period drama focusing on Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (based on the historical Enoch L. Johnson),a political figure who rose to prominence and controlled Atlantic City, New Jersey during the Prohibition period of the 1920s and 1930s. Nucky interacts with several historical figures in both his personal and political life, including mobsters, politicians, government agents, and the common folk who look up to him.The federal government also takes an interest in the bootlegging and other illegal activities in the area, sending agents to investigate possible mob connections but also looking at Nucky’s lifestyle –expensive and lavish for a county political figure.