HBO greenlights 'Boardwalk Empire'

HBO has given the series greenlight to the Martin Scorsese-produced period drama "Boardwalk Empire."

Pay cabler has ordered 11 episodes of the series, which revolves around the life of 1920s Atlantic City bigwig Nucky Thompson, who is described as "equal parts politician and gangster." Steve Buscemi stars as Thompson.

Production is expected to begin in the fall in Gotham, with the preem targeted for next year.

"Boardwalk Empire" was created by "Sopranos" alum Terence Winter. The pilot seg was helmed by Scorsese, who will remain a hands-on exec producer on the series. Skein hails from Mark Wahlberg's Closest to the Hole and Stephen Levinson's Leverage production banners. Winter, Scorsese, Wahlberg, Levinson and Tim Van Patten are exec producers.

Co-stars include Michael Pitt, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, Dabney Coleman and Stephen Graham.

"Boardwalk Empire" will join David Simon's New Orleans-set "Treme" on HBO's slate of frosh dramas next year.

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