Will Budget Cuts Hobble ‘The Walking Dead’?

It seems to always go this way. A show is successful, and then those pulling the financial strings want to figure out how to make more money out of it. One way is by trimming the budget. And that is evidently what Frank Darabont faces as he preps the second season of The Walking Dead. The show has already seen its share of controversy, thanks to the report that the second season would do without a writing staff, but this might be a far more difficult thing to manage. Boardwalk Empire looks like it might be facing some budget questions, too — that’s a bit ominous, since HBO is the company that shut down Deadwood because it was too expensive — and that is a much more expensive show, with more to lose.

This info comes directly from the producers, who took part in THR‘s roundtable of Emmy-nominated showrunners. Check out some quotes and video after the break.  Read More »

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After only one episode, HBO has seen to it that Prohibition era Atlantic City is going to see a second season. Boardwalk Empire, executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Mark Wahlberg, Terence Winter and Tim Van Patten premiered Sunday night with 4.8 million viewers (and up to 7.1 million after two repeats). That was the network’s most-watch premiere since Deadwood in 2004, and HBO quickly announced they renewed the show for season two.

Starring Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Kelly Macdonald and Michael Shannon among others, Boardwalk Empire dramatizes life in Atlantic City, NJ in 1920 when Prohibition began in the United States. Buscemi plays “Nucky” Thompson, a local politician who takes advantage of the day to become an organized crime leader.

After the jump, read some buzz on the show and more information about the renewal. Read More »

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HBO has released a thirteen and a half minute behind the scenes featurette for the Terence Winter and Martin Scorsese created Prohibition-era gangster television series Boardwalk Empire. The new series focuses on Steve Buscemi, who plays the undisputed ruler of Atlantic City  and town Treasurer, Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, who is described as “a political fixer and backroom dealer who is equal parts politician and gangster and equally comfortable in either role.” Watch the featurette after the jump, and see why this is quickly becoming my most anticipated television series of the near future.

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HBO has released a fourth trailer for the Terence Winter and Martin Scorsese created Prohibition-era gangster television series Boardwalk Empire titled “Countdown to Prohibition”. The new trailer focuses on Steve Buscemi, who plays the undisputed ruler of Atlantic City  and town Treasurer, Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, who is described as “a political fixer and backroom dealer who is equal parts politician and gangster and equally comfortable in either role.” Watch the trailer after the jump, and see why this is quickly becoming my most anticipated television series of the near future.

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So are films about financial disaster and malfeasance going to be the new thing for a few months? We’ve got Oliver Stone’s sequel to Wall Street hitting soon, and the cast for Margin Call either means that it’s a good piece of work or that it’s just the best gig going in New York right now. That’s to say nothing of the many documentaries that are covering the action and aftermath of the recent financial crisis.

So I’m not surprised to see that plans are being revived to make The Wolf of Wall Street, a film that once resided on Martin Scorsese‘s slate with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star. DiCaprio is still a part of the package, but now Ridley Scott may direct. Read More »

Boardwalk Empire

HBO has released a new trailer for the Terence Winter and Martin Scorsese created Prohibition-era gangster television series Boardwalk Empire. The new trailer focuses on Steve Buscemi, who plays the undisputed ruler of Atlantic City  and town Treasurer, Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, who is described as “a political fixer and backroom dealer who is equal parts politician and gangster and equally comfortable in either role.” Watch the trailer after the jump, and see why this is quickly becoming my most anticipated television series of the near future.

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Two big new HBO shows are coming soon with significant talent involved. There is The Wire creator David Simon‘s new Treme, and Boardwalk Empire, with a pilot directed by Martin Scorsese. Each show gets a new trailer this week, and both are fantastic. I’m a bit partial to the one for Boardwalk Empire, if only because it has a killer line from Steve Buscemi.

Finally, you can watch the first episode of Band of Brothers follow-up The Pacific online for free, but you’ll have to give up some info to do so.

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