HBO Walks Down Scorsese's Boardwalk

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Still recovering from falling from its once dominant position of must-have subscription cable, HBO has taken another step in the right direction by greenlighting the original series Boardwalk Empire. The network has ordered 11 episodes of the drama, which reenacts the life of 1920s Atlantic City kingpin Nucky Thompson.

Why is this exciting? Well, it comes from Academy-Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, that's why, and anything that Marty does, we're totally down with.

Boardwalk Empire, based on the book Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City, is right up Scorsese's alley. Nucky ran the town through its growth, and is described as half-gangster, half-politician. Starring as Nucky will be Steve Buscemi (Reservoir Dogs), with the rest of the cast including Dabney Coleman, Kelly Macdonald (Trainspotting), and Michael K. Williams (The Wire).

HBO has been looking to recover after a period where its new endeavors failed (John From Cincinnati) or were too expensive to keep around (Rome, Deadwood). During that same time, Showtime proved itself a worthy adversary with a slew of acclaimed programming.

But now with the True Blood phenomenon and Boardwalk Empire and David Simon's Treme on the way, HBO looks primed to reclaim its crown.

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