HBO Canada returns to Atlantic City for the Second Season of HBO's Award-winning Drama, Boardwalk Empire

  • "The series is excellent entertainment for grown-ups, and rich with superb performances and gloriously good storytelling." - John Doyle, Globe and Mail
  • "…a compelling drama, full of emotionally complex, hard-to-read characters." - Alex Strachan, Postmedia News
  • "…the series just keeps getting better and better." - Bill Harris, Sun Media
  • "There's so much to like about this show." - Scott Stinson, National Post

TORONTO, Sept. 12, 2011 /CNW/ - In 1921, with his fortunes soaring after the enactment of Prohibition, Enoch "Nucky" Thompson is the undisputed leader of Atlantic City, but he may be about to pay a steep price for wielding his power. Premiering on HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada) and Astral's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada), HBO's Emmy®-nominated and Golden Globe-winning drama Boardwalk Empire begins its 12-episode second season Sunday, September 25 at 9 p.m. ET/MT, day-and-date with HBO in the U.S.

Starring Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson, and from Terence Winter, Emmy® Award-winning writer of The Sopranos and Academy Award®-winning director Martin Scorsese, Boardwalk Empire's second season begins with Nucky and his lieutenants - including young World War I veteran Jimmy Darmody -solidifying their hold on power with the rigged election that saw their crony elected mayor. But in the wake of a bloody Klu Kux Klan attack at Chalky White's bootleg warehouse, Nucky finds his hold on Atlantic City weakened, first by state agents who arrest him for election fraud and ransack his office, then by members of his own inner circle and even his family, who align with Jimmy's father, the aging Commodore Louis Kaestner, in an attempt to oust him altogether. Meanwhile, mobsters like Arnold Rothstein, Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky and Al Capone wait in the wings, looking for the chance to grab a bigger piece of Nucky's pie.

Boardwalk Empire also stars  Michael Pitt as Jimmy Darmody; Kelly Macdonald as Margaret Schroeder, Nucky's mistress; Michael Shannon as federal agent Nelson Van Alden; Michael Kenneth Williams as Chalky White, leader of the city's African-American community and Nucky's bootleg point person; Gretchen Mol as Gillian, Jimmy's showgirl mother; Dabney Coleman as Commodore Louis Kaestner, Nucky's mentor; Shea Whigham as Nucky's resentful brother Elias, the sheriff of Atlantic City; Vincent Piazza as Lucky Luciano; Stephen Graham as Al Capone; Michael Stuhlbarg as Arnold Rothstein; Aleksa Palladino as Angela Darmody, Jimmy's wife; Anthony Laciura as Eddie Kessler, Nucky's valet; and Jack Huston as Richard Harrow, a disfigured war veteran who's been befriended by Jimmy.

The critically acclaimed series was recently nominated for 18 Emmy® Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Steve Buscemi), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Kelly Macdonald) and two nominations for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Jeremy Podeswa, Martin Scorsese). In January 2011, Boardwalk Empire received two Golden Globe Awards, for Best Television Series - Drama and Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama (Steve Buscemi). The series also received two Screen Actors Guild awards, for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (Steve Buscemi).

Created by Terence Winter, Boardwalk Empire is executive produced by Winter, Martin Scorsese, Tim Van Patten, Stephen Levinson and Mark Wahlberg; co-executive produced by Gene Kelly and Howard Korder; produced by Joseph Iberti and Rick Yorn.

Boardwalk Empire will be broadcast in High Definition, and episodes will be available on demand following their network premieres. In Eastern Canada programming will be available via HBO Canada OnLine with Rogers On Demand OnLine, Bell TV Online and Videotron's Illico Web and in Western Canada via HBO Canada Online with Shaw and Shaw Direct Video On Demand and Bell TV Online.

HBO Canada is a multiplex channel offered by Astral's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada). HBO Canada brings Canadians the current slate of signature dramatic programs for which HBO is known, together with new and never-before-seen programming including comedy series, live specials, sporting events, behind-the-scenes content and titles from HBO's extensive library - all in an uncut and commercial-free environment. HBO Canada is offered in high definition on HBO Canada HD and programming is accessible on demand and online where available by service provider. For more information, please visit www.hbocanada.com.

The Movie Network is a member of the Astral family. Astral Media Inc. (TSX : ACM.A/ACM.B) is one of Canada's largest media companies. It operates several of the country's most popular pay and specialty television, radio, out-of-home advertising and interactive media properties. Astral plays a central role in community life across the country by offering diverse, rich and vibrant programming that meets the tastes and needs of consumers and advertisers. To learn more about Astral, visit astral.com.

Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc. (CJR.B), a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, advertising services, television broadcasting, children's book publishing and children's animation. 

For access to The Movie Network's media room or Movie Central's press site, please visit http://press.astral.com or http://mediacentre.corusent.com.

SOURCE Movie Central

For further information:

Media contacts:
The Movie Network (Eastern Canada)   
Nicolle Balen
(416) 956-8638
nbalen@astral.com    
Movie Central (Western Canada)
Owen McCorquodale
(416) 479-6068
 Owen.McCorquodale@corusent.com

 

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