I finally started watching the HBO Prohibition era drama Boardwalk Empire. There is a lot that is attractive to me: one of the executive producers, and director of the pilot, is Martin Scorcese (one of my favorite directors of all time), several other members of the production team worked on another great New Jersey crime drama, The Sopranos: producer-writer Terrence Winter and producer-writer Tim Van Patten, one of my favorite character actors of all-time in the lead role of Nucky Johnson-Steve Buscemi, as well as one of the standout actors from The Wire: Michael Kenneth Williams ("Omar"). The rest of the cast has some great actors as well: Kelly Macdonald of whom I have been a fan of since Trainspotting, Grethcen Moll, Dabney Coleman, Paz LaHuerta, and several others. I like how the writers have created fictional characters and story-lines that intersect with real historical figures (like Arnold Rothstein, Al Capone, etc.) that intersect with real historical events (Prohibiting, women's suffrage, the Black Sox scandal,etc...). I also like the fact that it isn't a straight gangster series and that politics are involved in the equation as well. I look forward to catching up with season three, which is currently in progress now.