"It's lonely at the top," they say, and Season 3 of HBO's just-renewed, Emmy-winning hit Boardwalk Empire has become a veritable tutorial on that hallowed adage. Never the most slap-happy of protagonists, Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi), the bootlegging kingpin of the show's 1920s Atlantic City, has been...
Michael Emerson and Jim Caviezel
Jim Caviezel is knackered. It's about noon, and he and Person of Interest costar Michael Emerson have just concluded a gauntlet of satellite interviews at CBS' Midtown Manhattan headquarters. He apologetically struggles under our...
If HBO's period gangster epic Boardwalk Empire has a single truism to impart to working stiffs, it might be: It's good to be the king... well, mostly. Sure, Steve Buscemi's Nucky Thompson — Atlantic City treasurer, power broker and bootlegger supreme — is awash in money, power and glamour, but his day-to-day existence is a never-ending game of whack-a-mole, with egos to stroke, law enforcement threats to evade and scores to settle.
After the first three mind-blowing seasons of Damages, nothing should come as a surprise. But all the backstabbing and mayhem we've seen still doesn't quite prepare us for the scene being shot today at the show's Brooklyn soundstages: Glenn Close's Patty Hewes gazing tenderly into a child's eyes. OK, now we're shocked!
Turns out Patty is the guardian of her granddaughter. The hard-charging lawyer gained custody after ensuring the child's mother was jailed for statutory rape and her father, Patty's son, Michael (Zachary Booth), seemingly tried to run his mom down and went on...
Holt McCallany and Catherine McCormack
Why are we so thankful for FX's new boxing drama Lights Out — a rock 'em, sock 'em respite from the midwinter doldrums? Let us count the ways.
1. Everybody loves a comeback.
We meet 40-year-old Patrick "Lights" Leary (Holt McCallany) five years after a catastrophic title bout. The consequences of that event have left him financially, physically and existentially at sea. And while a return to the ring could mean disaster on every front, McCallany notes ...
He plays Boardwalk Empire's federal agent Nelson Van Alden, whose job — crusade might be a better word for it — is to enforce newly enacted Prohibition in Atlantic City. Good luck with that!
Where you've seen him His stunning, Oscar-nominated turn as Leonardo DiCaprio's mentally disturbed yet eerily insightful neighbor in 2008's Revolutionary Road. He's currently delivering a tour de force as a desperate producer in off-Broadway's Mistakes Were Made.
Tom Selleck, Blue Bloods
On the eve of tonight's contentious Blue Bloods episode (10/9c, CBS), in which a terrorist threat finds the Reagan brood — a family of New York City cops and lawyers headed by Tom Selleck's patriarch, police chief Frank — at loggerheads over racial profiling, the TV icon sat down for a chat about his current and past alter egos...
Three faces of Boardwalk Empire grace a photo studio in Manhattan's meatpacking district on a sunny Saturday: Gretchen Mol is glowing, not only because she's expecting her second child, but because her makeup's done and she now sits rosy-hued as her stylist affixes fiery-red extensions to her blonde locks. Michael Pitt, the very image of laconic Hollywood cool in his gelled locks and pinstripes, lounges on a sofa languidly strumming his acoustic guitar. Finally, a haggard Steve Buscemi shuffles in. He's here on two hours sleep, having worked till 4am directing an episode of Nurse Jackie. He plops down, takes one look at the tape recorder ...
Michael Zegen and John Scurti
True to form, Rescue Me's penultimate episode ended with a shocking cliff-hanger: During a raging casket-warehouse fire, Lou (John Scurti) remained pinned under a mass of shelving and a chunk of the ceiling fell onto a helmet-less Damien (Michael Zegen). So, then: Just how many deaths will the finale hold?
Exec producer Peter Tolan assures us that tragedy is indeed in the offing....