Without a doubt, my number one most anticipated new television show of the fall season is HBO's Boardwalk Empire. The series, which comes our way thanks to the Emmy Award-winning writer of The Sopranos, Terence Winter, details how criminals and corrupt politicians in Atlantic City made millions during prohibition in the 1920s.
As if the subject matter of Boardwalk Empire weren't interesting enough, the show stars the always terrific Steve Buscemi and the pilot episode was directed by none other than Martin Scorsese. Seriously, does it get better than that?
In anticipation of the show's September 19th premiere, HBO has released a lengthy behind-the-scenes featurette. The featurette offers insight from Winter, Buscemi, Scorsese, and others on the subject matter of the show - as well as how Boardwalk Empire intends to capture one of the most interesting periods of American history.
Check out the behind-the-scenes video below:
Pretty cool, right? If the "Making Of" video doesn't have you hooked into Boardwalk Empire, then maybe you should go back and check out one of the trailers for the show. If you're still not convinced that it's going to be awesome, well I'm afraid you and I just can't be friends.
I apologize if I'm being hyperbolic about the show's potential, but it just has so many good things going for it, and I'd be shocked if it doesn't turn out to be good. After all, it's coming from HBO, the network responsible for (in my mind) the two greatest shows in television history: The Sopranos and The Wire (not to mention other top contenders like Deadwood, Band of Brothers, and Six Feet Under).
Speaking of The Wire, I'm incredibly excited to see Michael K. Williams in the cast of Boardwalk Empire as the character Chalky White. For those not hip to The Wire, Williams played one of TV's greatest anti-heroes - the gay stick-up man Omar Little. I didn't get a chance to catch Williams on the big screen in The Road this past year, so I'm excited to see him back on the small screen.
Anyway, you know where my TV will be set on September 19th. In the meantime, feel free to use the comments to stir up some debate about your favorite HBO shows of all time. Am I the only one who thinks HBO is king when it comes to original programming?