''Boardwalk Empire'' Premiere Recap: Clams, Casinos.


Now that Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter's Boardwalk Empire has joined Mad Men on my Sunday night roster, I suspect all my weekends will conclude with an emphasis on drinking, dressing up, and pretending to live in a different time. In the HBO mobster series premiere, we meet up with our main man Enoch Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi), a semi-fictional semi-gangster based on Atlantic City political boss Nucky Johnson. Right away Nucky seems like an unlikely bad guy - he's considerate, generous, and can't break down a bathroom door even with the help of his fawning manservant Eddie.


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