'Boardwalk Empire': Can It Fill 'The Sopranos' Void?

Martin Scorsese is executive producing. An Emmy-award winning Sopranos writer is penning the script. Veteran actor Steve Buscemi is playing the lead. With a pedigree like that, you've got to check out HBO's new crime drama, Boardwalk Empire (Sunday, 9 p.m. ET). At least once.

Sure, there will be some violence. After all, it's about a corrupt, 1920s-era political figure, Nucky Thompson -- who runs the Atlantic City casinos and attractions through threats, back-room deals and alliances with gangsters. Young versions of Al Capone and Lucky Luciano are also characters. (Nucky himself is based on a real person.)

Naturally, the Feds are after Nucky, and not just for his corruption and iron fist rule. It's also the start of the prohibition era, so Nucky is busy circumventing the ban on alcohol, too. But his many responsibilities, and Machiavellian means of carrying them out, can be draining. As we learned from Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), it's not always easy being the Boss. We'll also get to see Nucky's tender side when he falls for a vulnerable woman in an abusive marriage.

On paper, the show has all the elements of a quality, scripted series. Will it live up to the hype? I sure hope so. I still miss The Sopranos. Maybe this show could fill the vacuum that Tony and company left behind?

Does Boardwalk Empire sound like your kind of show? Chime in below!

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