WME Signs Michael Kenneth Williams

By | Thursday March 20, 2014 @ 4:22pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Michael Kenneth WilliamsEXCLUSIVE: WME has signed Michael Kenneth Williams, better known as Chalky White if you have HBO and are as addicted to Terence Winter’s Boardwalk Empire as I am. Williams, who first made his mark on HBO’s The Read More »

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TCA: HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’ To End Run After Season 5

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 3:14pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

The upcoming fifth season of HBO‘s gangster drama Boardwalk Empire will be its last, the network announced at TCA. The decision comes three months after HBO gave Boardwalk Empire a fifth-season renewal two weeks into its fourth season run. “It has been an iRead More »

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‘Boardwalk Empire’s Michael K. Williams Gets ‘Captive’

By | Thursday October 24, 2013 @ 2:10pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: While Michael K. Williams‘ Chalky White character seems to be becoming a larger presence on each season of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire (I am most certainly not complaining), he’s found a movie to do during his hiatus. Williams signed with BN Films to join Captive, the thriller directed by Jerry Jameson and written by Brian Bird and Reinhard Denke. Williams joins David Oyelowo, Kate Mara, Leonor Varela and Mimi Rogers. The film is a fictionalized thriller based on a well-known true story. While Ashley Smith, a single mom, struggles to overcome her drug addiction to regain custody of her daughter, she’s taken hostage by an escaped, quadruple murderer. Her only defenses: faith in God, a love for her daughter, and the book A Purpose Driven Life, parts of which she reads aloud to her captor during the harrowing ordeal. This leads to a surprising epiphany for both Ashley and the convict. Williams plays a lead detective in the film that begins shooting this weekend in North Carolina. Read More »

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‘Boardwalk Empire’ At NY PaleyFest: Tony Soprano As Nucky Thompson? “One Of The First People We Talked About”, Creator Says

By | Sunday October 6, 2013 @ 6:03pm PDT

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

James Gandolfini as Boardwalk Empire kingpin Nucky Thompson? It might have happened had the stars aligned differently, the HBO drama’s creator and showrunner Terence Winter said today during the concluding panel of the PaleyFest: Made in NY event at New York’s Paley Center for Media. In response to a question from an audience member about actors other than Steve Buscemi who were considered to portray Nucky, Winter said that Gandolfini — who died in June — was “one of the first people we talked about” for the role. “Not only had we just worked with him,” Winter added, “but he also bore such an uncanny resemblance to the actual Nucky.” But Gandolfini was never really given serious consideration because he was coming off having portrayed an iconic gangster on The Sopranos, Winter admitted. A few other names came up, but because most people had no clue what the actual Nucky Thompson looked like, exec producer Martin Scorsese recommended that they just pick an actor they “really like and want to work with,” Winter said. “Then Marty called me up and said, ‘I can’t stop thinking about Steve Buscemi.’” I said, ‘I can’t either.’ And that was it.”

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HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Holds Up Against Stiff Sunday Competition

By | Tuesday October 1, 2013 @ 7:21am PDT

HBO‘s Boardwalk Empire delivered 2 million viewers Sunday night at 9 PM — up 6% week over week, and cumed 2.6 million for the night across its two plays. At 10 PM, Eastbound & Down‘s fourth-season debut clocked 700,000 viewers and 1.1 million across two plays. The unveiling of Hello Ladies scored 552,000 viewers at 10:30 PM, and 800,000 viewers for the night. The HBO series faced stiff competition from AMC. Its Breaking Bad series finale went out with a bang Sunday night, clocking 10.3 million viewers – a record for the AMC series. The finale skyrocketed 300% over last year’s finale in the demo, capping a historic run for the basic cable network. After that, an expanded Talking Bad delivered 4.4 million viewers. HBO’s series also had come up against the return of Showtime’s Homeland and launch of highly hyped Masters Of Sex. Homeland, opposite Boardwalk, had clocked 1.9 million viewers. That was up 9% from last fall’s Season 2 opener for the series’ most watched premiere yet. Following Homeland, the debut of Showtime’s new drama series Masters Of Sex drew 1 million viewers at 10 PM (1.4 million for the night). It tied the series premiere of Homeland as the second-biggest debut for a Showtime series behind this summer’s Ray Donovan (1.35 million), which had a larger lead-in (2.5 million, Dexter). Read More »

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HBO Renews ‘Boardwalk Empire’ For 5th Season

By | Thursday September 26, 2013 @ 11:04am PDT

Just over two weeks after the Prohibition Era series’ Season 4 debut, HBO announced today that Boardwalk Empire will be back for a fifth season. “Thanks to Terry Winter, Martin Scorsese, Tim Van Patten, Howard Korder … Read More »

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2013 Creative Arts Emmys: The Numbers

By | Sunday September 15, 2013 @ 8:08pm PDT

Wins By Network
HBO 20 (1 programs + 19 individuals)
CBS 15 (3 programs + 12 individuals)
NBC 8 (8 individuals)
Cartoon Network 3 (1 program + 2 individuals) 3 (1 program + 2 individuals)
Nickelodeon 3 (2 programs + 1 individual)
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HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Season 4 Premiere Down From Season 3

By | Monday September 9, 2013 @ 1:13pm PDT

Boardwalk Empire Ratings Season 4 PremiereTurns out Prohibition has lost a bit of its appeal in America. The Roaring ’20s-based Boardwalk Empire returned to HBO last night at 9 PM for its fourth season … Read More »

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Hot Teaser: ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Season 4

By | Sunday July 14, 2013 @ 3:08pm PDT

HBO‘s Boardwalk Empire returns for its fourth season on September 8. Here’s an early sneak peek at what’s in store for Steve Buscemi‘s Nucky Thompson with the introduction of new characters Dr. Valentin Narcisse (Jeffrey Wright) and Roy Phillips (Ron Read More »

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EMMYS: Drama Series Overview

Michael Ausiello is Editor-in-Chief of TVLine.

At a glance, this list of probable contenders for the drama Emmy will look a lot like last year’s. AMC’s Mad Men and Breaking Bad are back. So are PBS’ Downton Abbey, HBO’s Game Of Thrones and, of course, 2012’s winner, Showtime’s Homeland. But also included among the frontrunners this year—as if the broadcast networks didn’t have a hard enough time getting any noms!—is Netflix’s first entry, House Of Cards. How will the wildcard fare against the cablers? While you ponder that question, here’s our assessment of its chances, as well as those of 23 other series and their stars:

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Since FX’s 1980s-set spy yarn is still in its freshman season—and still suffering from comparisons to Showtime’s Homeland—its best bets for nominations are its standout leads, Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys. But, since neither TV vet has been recognized before by the Emmys, even they are, if not long shots, pretty far-off medium shots.

Though A&E’s attempt to out-AMC with its moody Psycho prequel has scored big in the ratings, it isn’t the series but rather Oscar-nominated star Vera Farmiga who stands the best chance of receiving a nod.

HBO’s Prohibition-era shoot-’em-up had a superlative season. But, since this category is more crowded than a Game Of Thrones cast party—and the show has never generated as much heat as its gangsters have packed—it’s unlikely to eke out a third consecutive nomination. On the other hand, Bobby Cannavale—so good as the year’s Big Bad, Gyp Rosetti—is all but assured a TK nod.

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HBO Ends ‘Eastbound & Down’ With Season 4; ‘Boardwalk Empire’, Larry David’s ‘Clear History’ & ‘Hello Ladies’ Premieres Set

By | Thursday June 6, 2013 @ 10:16am PDT

HBO said today that Eastbound & Down’s upcoming fourth season will be its last. The previously announced eight-episode Season 4 of self-obsessed and self-destructive baseball player Kenny Powers, starring Danny McBride, will debut September 29. Sources says that after convincing McBride, Will Ferrell, Andy McKay and the show’s other producers to not end things at the conclusion of Season 3, HBO hoped that Eastbound would continue on past a fourth season. However, the Eastbound gang had decided that four cycles was enough. HBO also announced Thursday that the Larry David film Clear History will air August 10 and that Boardwalk Empire will be back for its fourth season September 8. The cable network’s new comedy Hello Ladies, starring Stephen Merchant as a man looking for love in LA, will make its debut on September 29 in the 10 PM slot for an eight-episode first season right before Eastbound & Down.

Read the HBO Eastbound & Down release here:

NEW YORK, June 6, 2013 – EASTBOUND & DOWN, the raucous HBO comedy series from creators Danny McBride and Jody Hill, begins shooting its eight-episode fourth and final season tomorrow in North Carolina, with the season scheduled to launch SUNDAY, SEPT. 29 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT). McBride stars in the show as the irrepressible Kenny Powers, the former major league pitcher who is larger than life… and death.

In the third season of EASTBOUND & DOWN, which concluded in April 2012, Kenny Powers finally made it back to the majors and recaptured his former glory, only to fake his own death and run back home to his beloved April, the mother of his child. The upcoming fourth season picks up the action several years later and finds Kenny living the American Dream with his family in North Carolina.

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Patricia Arquette Joins ‘Boardwalk Empire’

By | Thursday April 11, 2013 @ 10:55am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: HBO‘s Boardwalk Empire continues to beef up its cast for Season 4. Patricia Arquette has joined the period mob drama in a major recurring role opposite star Steve Buscemi. She will play Sally Wheet, … Read More »

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Eric Ladin To Recur On HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’, Luke Grimes Joins ‘True Blood’

By | Thursday March 28, 2013 @ 12:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Eric LadinThe Killing alum Eric Ladin is set to play young J. Edgar Hoover on HBO‘s Boardwalk Empire. Ladin, repped by Innovative and Main Title, has joined the cast of the period mob drama as … Read More »

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Jeffrey Wright Joins HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’ As New Regular

By | Wednesday March 6, 2013 @ 1:27pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: In his biggest series commitment to date, Jeffrey Wright has joined the cast of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire as a new series regular for the period drama’s upcoming fourth season. He will play Valentin Narcisse, … Read More »

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Brian Geraghty Joins ‘Boardwalk Empire’

By | Wednesday February 27, 2013 @ 10:55am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: The Hurt Locker co-star Brian Geraghty has joined the cast of HBO‘s Boardwalk Empire as a recurring for the period mob drama’s upcoming fourth season. He will play Loren Knox, a prohibition agent with ulterior motives newly assigned to Atlantic City. Season 4 is currently in production for a debut later this year. This marks Geraghty’s second major series gig following a recurring role on another HBO series, True Blood. On the film side, he recently co-starred in Flight and Ass Backwards, which premiered at Sundance. Geraghty is with UTA, Management 360 and attorney Craig Emanuel.

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Ron Livingston Joins HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’ As New Regular

By | Tuesday February 26, 2013 @ 5:10pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Ron Livingston has joined the cast of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire as a new series regular for the period drama’s upcoming fourth season. He will play Roy Phillips, a wealthy out-of-town businessman who catches the eye … Read More »

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Domenick Lombardozzi Joins ‘Boardwalk Empire’, ‘Unforgettable’ Adds Detective

By | Friday February 15, 2013 @ 5:29pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Boardwalk EmpireEXCLUSIVE: Domenick Lombardozzi (Breakout Kings) has been cast in a recurring role on HBO’s period mob drama Boardwalk Empire. He will play Chicago mobster Ralph Capone, older brother to Al Capone (Stephen Graham). This … Read More »

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Globe Contender ‘Boardwalk Empire’s Season 3 Resurgence

By | Saturday January 12, 2013 @ 8:00pm PST

Anthony D’Alessandro is Managing Editor of AwardsLine

Rusty-voiced, sweet-natured, a tin mask covering up his facial World War I wound, Richard Harrow, as played flawlessly by Jack Huston, is the type of vigilante one might find in a DC Comic book, warts and all. But in HBO’s 1920s epic Boardwalk Empire, he’s a supporting character that creator Terence Winter and his writers transformed from late gangster Jimmy Darmody’s trusted sharpshooter into a human being. For the bulk of this season, Harrow refrained from killing off any bad guys as he wooed a war veteran’s daughter and acted as the surrogate father to Darmody’s orphaned son, Tommy. “Richard knows how to kill. He doesn’t do it well; he does it great,” says Huston about Harrow, who even puts fear in lead Atlantic City kingpin Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) “I reminded Terry that I was getting an itchy finger, and he said, ‘Just wait.’ ”  Read More »

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Golden Globes TV: ‘Homeland’ Tops; ‘Girls’, ‘Newsroom’, ‘Smash’, ‘Nashville’ & ‘Political Animals’ Make Entrance; ‘Mad Men’ Snubbed

By | Thursday December 13, 2012 @ 8:35am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Once again, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was far more receptive to new series than the Screen Actors Guild, with a slew of freshmen, including HBO’s Girls, The Newsroom and Veep, NBC’s Smash, ABC’s Nashville, Showtime’s House Of Lies, USA’s Political Animals and Starz’s Magic City landing Golden Globe Award nominations this morning.

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And once again, pay cable dominated, with HBO (17 nominations) and Showtime (7) finishing as No. 1-No. 2 in the network rankings for a second consecutive year. The two networks also landed the most series noms, 7 each. Showtime’s Homeland was the most nominated series with four noms: for best series, best actor (Damian Lewis), actress (Claire Danes) and a welcome surprise, a first major awards nomination for co-star Mandy Patinkin in the supporting category. (HBO movie Game Change was the most nominated program overall with 5 noms.)

Both top series categories were fluid, with only two returning nominees in both. On the drama side, those were the best drama series winners from the past two years — Showtime’s Homeland and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire — joined by Breaking Bad, landing its long-overdue first best series nomination; PBS’ Downton Abbey, which made a successful transition from the movie/miniseries category, which it won in January, to series; and HBO’s The Newsroom. For Aaron Sorkin’s cable news drama, which also got a nom for star Jeff Daniels, this is the biggest awards recognition so far after landing a nom for Daniels at the SAG Awards. The biggest surprise in the category was the omission of AMC’s Mad Men, which failed to make the best drama category for the first time (it won in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and sat out the last Golden Globes because of a large gap between seasons.) Also out was last year’s nominee Game Of Thrones. Read More »

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