"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...
"You can't be half a gangster," Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt) told his then-boss Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) in the very first episode of HBO's Prohibition Era drama Boardwalk Empire. Two seasons later, Jimmy is gone — dead at the hands of Nucky, who finally took his would-be protegé's advice.
"Up until episode 12 of Season 2, we never really saw Nucky pull the trigger. He's the guy who's telling other people to do that," creator Terence Winter tells TVGuide.com. "Now, Nucky's fully capable of both ordering people dead and killing them himself. He's much more serious. He used to be a gangster and a gang leader one step removed. Now, he's out from behind the desk and really getting his hands dirty."
Cheers to Nurse Jackie for recuperating from its creative ills in Season 4.
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After spending much of its past two seasons repeating itself, Showtime's hospital dramedy has shown vital new signs of life. Jackie's cleaned up its act by sending Edie Falco's drug-addicted caregiver into rehab and forcing her to face the consequences of her actions, including her affair with Eddie (Paul Schulze). Husband Kevin (Dominic Fumusa) kicked her out and is now threatening to take away her daughters — and we don't blame him.
I would never tire of looking at Starz's lush new period piece Magic City (Friday, 10/9c).
Tired of waiting for your favorite Showtime series to return? Well, fret no longer because right now you can watch the season premieres of Nurse Jackie, The Big C and The Borgias before their Sunday, April 8 cable debuts.
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