Boardwalk Empire: Michael K. Williams on the Struggles of Chalky White

It has not been an easy season so far for Chalky White on Boardwalk Empire . He's narrowly avoided death during an attack on his distillery; spent time in jail; and, as Michael Kenneth Williams put it to me over the phone, the character's "validation as an American has been greatly challenged by the Klan. He's still reminded that he's just a coon in certain people's mind." Still, despite these setbacks, Williams says Chalky's relationship with Nucky has remained strong and will continue to remain strong. "He's always been suspicious of any white man, he's never trusted anyone outside close friends and family," Williams said. "But all the cards have been on the table with Nucky. It's a business relationship and that jail cell conversation [in " Ourselves Alone "] made each realize that they have a lot in common. They need each other." Might that change at any point? Williams wouldn't give anything away, focusing instead on Chalky's family life and the "insecurities" that have arisen for him there. The actor points to the scene where Chalky's daughter scoffed at the concept of her dad helping her brother with his homework and how it led him to "look at himself as just his father's child. That's why he went and whittled that piece of wood." Williams, of course, is pulling double, contrasting duty these days. He's recurring on Community as the study group's new biology professor, a role he never expected to land a few months ago... considering he had never heard of the NBC sitcom until producers reached out to him on Twitter. "I wondered, what the heck is Community? Some kind of cult?!? But I looked up a few clips, saw Chevy Chase and a paintball fight and was like: 'I'm in!'" Boardwalk Empire airs a new episode this Sunday night. View the HBO preview for it NOW !

Harrow Agrees to Let Angela Sketch Him on 'Boardwalk Empire' (VIDEO)

Less than enthused about her latest attempts to paint on 'Boardwalk Empire' (Sun., 9PM ET on HBO), Angela struck upon a bold idea when Richard Harrow arrived to pick up her husband Jimmy. She asked if he would be willing to sit for her, so she can paint him. At first, she painted him with his mask on. But as she worked, he began to open up to her about love and how the war changed him. He talked about how close he and his twin sister Emma were before the war. "When I came back from the war, she nursed me and gave me morphine to keep the pain at bay, but suddenly I felt different toward her," he admitted. "I would stare at her and feel nothing."

BOARDWALK EMPIRE “What Does the Bee Do?” Season 2 Episode 4

BOARDWALK EMPIRE  “What Does the Bee Do?” Season 2 Episode 4 airs October 16 at 9pm on HBO. Episode Synopsis:  At a birthday party  for Mayor Bader (Kevin O’Rourke), Nucky’s attorney has a legal brainstorm that could turn the tide in Nucky’s election-rigging case. Facing a local liquor surplus, Jimmy and Mickey (Paul Sparks) head to Philadelphia in search of buyers, while Nucky strikes an unlikely deal to get booze into Atlantic City. Eli frets over the Commodore’s ability to lead; Margaret doles out staff bonuses ; Chalky is cornered at work and at home; Owen puts his munitions expertise to work; Van Alden’s (Michael  Shannon) agents target  Mickey’s warehouse; Richard (Jack Huston)lets  down his guard in the name of art; Gillian (Gretchen Mol) recalls her “first time” with the Commodore. Read More...

'Boardwalk Empire' Renewed for Third Season

Three episodes into its second season, HBO has renewed "Boardwalk Empire" for a third. The Prohibition-era drama, created by Terence Winter and starring Steve Buscemi as politician-gangster Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, returned for its second season Sept. 25. Its first airing had 2.9 million viewers, close to its first-season average of 3.2 million viewers. Its executive producers include Martin Scorsese, Tim Van Patten, Stephen Levinson and Mark Wahlberg. Read More...

Boardwalk Empire: We Love Lucy

In Season 1 of HBO's Atlantic City gangland epic, de la Huerta's character, woozy showgirl Lucy Danziger was notable mostly for her frequent nudity. Now that she's carrying the illegitimate child of fed Nelson Van Alden (the Emmy-worthy Michael Shannon), the role is...

Nucky Tells Jimmy and the Commodore He Will Ruin Them on 'Boardwalk Empire' (VIDEO)

Nucky Thompson may not completely be a gangster yet on 'Boardwalk Empire' (Sun., 9PM ET on HBO), but he's certainly close enough to act like one when he's trying to lay some intimidation down on someone. With the Commodore and Jimmy angling against him, a lobster dinner was the last straw. When the Commodore was enjoying his lobster, while Nucky was being told they were out, he lost it and approached the Commodore's table, knocking the lobster on the ground. At the center of it all is Jimmy, the Commodore's biological son, but more a son to Nucky than even blood can make.

Boardwalk Empire Sneak Preview: An Opportunity for Owen

Coming off an episode that earned four stars from TV Fanatic, Boardwalk Empire will air "A Dangerous Maid" next week. This is what fans can expect from it: The Commodore will disrupt the delivery of alcohol, creating an opportunity for Owen to demonstrate his value to Nucky. Margaret will be forced to relive painful memories. Nucky will phone in a favor with the U.S. attorney general. Meyer and Lucky will discover the price of power. Lucy will search for ways to solve her loneliness.

Nucky and Margaret Feel Alone, on 'Boardwalk Empire' (VIDEO)

This week on 'Boardwalk Empire' (Sun., 9PM ET on HBO) Nucky Thompson ( Steve Buscemi ) comes to the harsh realization that someone in his inner circle may have betrayed him. As he ponders recent events, Nucky is in danger of falling prey to paranoia. When Margaret ( Kelly MacDonald ) asks, "Who is against you?" he replies "All of them ... " Happily for Nucky, Margaret has a core of pure steel, and as she comes to his aid in his current predicament she shows herself to be far removed from the downtrodden and abused wife she was at the beginning of Season 1.

Aleska Palladino Discusses Her Bisexual 'Boardwalk Empire' Character (VIDEO)

Aleska Palladino stopped by 'Good Day NY' (weekdays, 9AM ET on Fox) to talk about her 'Boardwalk Empire' character Angela Darmody, one of the Prohibition drama's most modern women. "She's sort of a controversial one too, because she has ambitions that are still very unique for the time. She's a painter and she's exploring her own sexuality ... with women and with men," Palladino said, much to the intrigue of host Greg Kelly. "Why haven't I been told about this before?" he asked incredulously.

BOARDWALK EMPIRE “Ourselves Alone” Season 2 Episode 2

BOARDWALK EMPIRE  “Ourselves Alone” Season 2 Episode 2 airs October 2nd at 9pm on HBO. Episode Synopsis:  Concerned about losing his grip on Atlantic City, Nucky (Steve Buscemi) deliberates a countermove while trying to learn who in his inner circle betrayed him. As agents scour the Treasurer’s office for incriminating evidence, Margaret (Kelly Macdonald) strikes a pose from the past to help Nucky avoid further trouble in the present. In New York, Arnold Rothstein (Michael Stuhlbarg) puts Jimmy (Michael Pitt) on hold, but Meyer Lansky (Anatol Yusef) and Lucky Luciano (Vincent Piazza) loom as possible trading partners. Chalky (Michael Kenneth Williams) is badgered in prison by Dunn Purnsley (Erik LaRay Harvey), a jailmate with an ax to grind; Owen Sleater (Charlie Cox), an advance man for Irish nationalist John McGarrigle (Ted Rooney), scouts the Thompson residence; the Commodore (Dabney Coleman) introduces Eli (Shea Whigham) to “the men who made this city.” Read More...