HBO has on tap for this autumn 12 episodes of “Boardwalk Empire,” including a pilot produced and directed by Martin Scorsese from a teleplay by Terrence Winter (“The Sopranos”).
“Boardwalk,” about the rise of gambling in Atlantic City in the 1920s, is based on the book "Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City" by Nelson Johnson.
“Sopranos” actor-director Steve Buscemi (“Youth In Revolt”) plays the cunning Nucky Johnson, who runs a liquor distribution ring at the onset of Prohibition. Scotland-born Kelly Macdonald (“No Country For Old Men”) plays Margaret, a brainy Irish immigrant who marries the wrong man to get out of her parents' house. Dabney Coleman (“The Guardian”) plays Johnson mentor Commodore Kaestner.
Other players include Michael K. Williams ("The Wire"), Gretchen Mol ("3:10 To Yuma"), Robert Clohessy ("New Amsterdam"), Tracy Middendorf ("MIssion: Impossible III"), Max Casella ("The Sopranos"), and Anna Katarina (2009's "Star Trek").
The pilot marks Scorsese’s first non-documentary directorial effort for television since the 1986 “Mirror Mirror” episode of “Amazing Stories,” which starred Sam Waterston.