This is good news. A firm premiere date and a brand new trailer for the second season of the best gangster show on television since The Sopranos. The only thing missing from the premiere of this new season of Boardwalk Empire is Martin Scorsese behind the camera but his partners in crime, including The Sopranos's Tim Van Patten, will do just fine. There's a lot left unresolved in Atlantic City after the last season's finale and I want to jump right back into the booze, bullets and badges.
If you happened to miss the inaugural season of the multiple Emmy nominated program (18 nominations to be exact) there's plenty of time to catch up but you better start before you get too far behind. Boardwalk Empire is about political corruption, Prohibition profitability, and the seedy underbelly of 1920s Atlantic City. It uses a mix of real and fictional characters to recreate the period as authentically as possible, with notorious figures like Al Capone (Stephen Graham) and Arthur Rothstein (Michael Stuhlbarg) making repeat appearances/threats.
The real star of the show is Steve Buscemi as Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, an elected city official and local mob boss in charge of, and constantly waging war over, the illegal booze racket. At once a pillar of the community and, fledgling, crime lord all eyes appear to be squarely on Thompson as he must navigate the political pressures as well as the ally/rival bootleggers springing up all around him, like Michael K Williams' Chalky White and co-lead Michael Pitt's Jimmy Darmody.
Oh, and I haven't even mentioned the religious zealot detective played by Michael Shannon, the mistress who wants more Kelly MacDonald or, my personal favorite, the war-vet turned assassin with half a face Jack Huston.
Here's the trailer...
Boardwalk Empire returns to HBO September 25.