I’m excited to see Boardwalk Empire. The new HBO series has a pilot directed by Martin Scorsese (who also serves as exec producer) and I can’t wait to see what he’s turned out from the relatively short shooting schedule offered a TV pilot. I love seeing good feature directors work within constraints they’ve long since outgrown. Sometimes the results can be energetic and spectacular. Hoping for that from Boardwalk Empire. Now there’s a teaser trailer, and the period recreation looks great, at the very least. Check it out below. Read More »


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In TV news tonight: It looks like Aaron Sorkin is finally heading back to television after the failure of Studio 60, and you wouldn’t believe what he’s got planned according to TV Guide:

I’m going to be starting on a new TV series. It’s going to be what turns out to be the third in the trilogy of TV shows that take place behind the scenes of a TV show, but this will be a different kind of TV show. That’s all I can let out of the bag right now.

I’m actually not opposed to Sorkin revisiting a genre he knows so well. Let’s not forget that The West Wing, perhaps his best show, was also a behind the scenes look at the White House. Sorkin also said he hopes to reunite with some of his former series actors, and will definitely be working with longtime collaborator/director Thomas Schlamme.

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