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Ron Livingston and Brian Geraghty Join Cast Of HBO’s BOARDWALK EMPIRE

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HBO’s prohibition-era drama Boardwalk Empire, which stars Steve Buscemi as bootlegging Atlantic City gangster Nucky Thompson, ended its uneven third season this past fall with a bloodbath of epic proportions, so it’s no surprise they’re already casting some new faces (even though all luckily of our heroes survived the fallout).

The Hurt Locker‘s Brian Geraghty is reported to have accepted a recurring role for the upcoming fourth season playing Loren Knox, and Prohibition agent with ulterior motives newly assigned to Atlantic City.  Ron Livingston (Band of Brothers) has also been cast in a series regular role as a wealthy out-of-town businessman who starts up a relationship with Gillian Darmody (Gretchen Mol).  For more on these casting choices (with minimal spoilers), hit the jump … READ MORE

BOARDWALK EMPIRE Season Finale Recap: “Margate Sands”

Boardwalk Empire‘s third season ended on such a completely different note from both last season’s finale and most of the season; namely, it was intensely satisfying, and almost made one forget the many mistakes and narrative pitfalls that plagued most the episodes leading up to this one.  There was plenty that was set up well for another season, but “Margate Sands” could have worked just fine, in many ways, as a series finale (luckily though, it doesn’t have to).  In the end Nucky comes out on top — he always does — but at what price?  It was a question that has cast an ever-darkening shadow over him and those in his life since the first season, and never has he seemed at such a crossroads as now.  Was it all worth it?  Hit the jump for why it was worth it — for us at least — sticking around for this final hour … READ MORE

BOARDWALK EMPIRE Recap: “Two Impostors”

What a long, strange trip it’s been.  The chief complaint about this odd season of Boardwalk Empirehas been its wandering.  The journey has been uncertain both for the series and the characters within.  There have been some absolutely fantastic small moments throughout, but on the whole, the series has had trouble defining itself this year.  Making the choice it did to end the second season — putting Nucky in the position of going Full Gangster — has been difficult on viewers who appreciated the parts of the show that were more than a shoot-em-up.  But “Two Impostors” handled the balance exceptionally well, culling down other stories to focus back on Nucky. Whether or not it’s too late remains to be seen.  Hit the jump for why, with all due respect Mr. Custer, this ain’t no time for a last stand … READ MORE

BOARDWALK EMPIRE Recap: “A Man, A Plan …”

Boardwalk Empire, I thought we were good. I thought we were getting somewhere. Sure, maybe you made some mistakes in the past, and maybe I didn’t always appreciate you for what you were trying to do. Maybe I didn’t give you enough time to sort yourself out. But then you go and you do something like this and I just … I just don’t know that I can do this anymore. It hurts me, Boardwalk, it really does. More than you know. I mean, we’ve been through some real stuff, you and I. But this? I saw it coming, I’ll admit. But I didn’t know it would go down like it did. (Sigh). Hit the jump for less of my break-up letter and more of the nitty gritty of this very full-of-feels and all over the place episode … READ MORE

BOARDWALK EMPIRE Recap: “The Milkmaid’s Lot”

What a terrifically weird episode of Boardwalk Empire.  I really just kind of want to leave the review there, but I’ll press on.  “The Milkmaid’s Lot” could have been called, less eloquently, “Urrybody Gone Crazy,” but it worked.  It set up a great turn for the last few episodes of the season, and meanwhile, did a lot of character building and world-exploration.  This season of Boardwalk was more or less advertised as being about Nucky as a man apart.  Many times throughout these episodes we’ve heard Nucky (or seen, through dream sequences) Nucky’s alienation, from his brother Eli, Margaret, his associates and his political cronies, and we’re finally seeing where it leads. … READ MORE

BOARDWALK EMPIRE Recap: “The Pony”

After a focused and deeply emotional episode last week, Boardwalk Empire returned to the state it’s been in for most of the season, with very fractured storytelling covering a wide array of what sometimes feel like completely unconnected plots.  Although in “The Pony,” we finally started to get a glimpse of how things are coming together, culminating in the short term in one final explosive scene.  “The Pony” seemed largely about freedom, what its costs are, and whether it can ever really be achieved.  Van Alden, Margaret, Billie, Gillian, Nucky (and Capone?) all try their hand at securing ways to make their futures tenable, with varying degrees of success.  Hit the jump for why you ain’t the lead, you’re just the pony … READ MORE

BOARDWALK EMPIRE Recap: “Sunday Best”

“Sunday Best” is likely to be a polarizing episode of Boardwalk Empire — if you liked the characters that were focused on so closely, you’ll love it.  Otherwise, it probably felt like a largely useless hour of television. No extreme violence or politics or excessively complicated plotting, just family and lots of emotion.  Many of you have commented this season that the series has felt adrift because of That Big Decision that ended last season, really rerouting the course of the series.  Since then, Boardwalk has struggled mightily to find itself again, and give us a clear picture of where things are headed.  Though “Sunday Best” was languid in its pace, it did outline a turn for the rest of the season that portends well … READ MORE

BOARDWALK EMPIRE Episode Recap: “Ging Gang Goolie”

Every episode of Boardwalk Empire this season has been like, well, a box of chocolates.  There are some delicious morsels, sometimes small (say, a Gaston Means or a nearly naked Lucky Luciano), and a few huge jelly-filled stinkers (like any scene with Billie and Nucky), and “Ging Gang Goolie” had it all.  It was a complex episode that delivered a number of character-driven tales (Teddy and the greenhouse fire, Harrow being Harrow, Margaret getting her groove back) against a political background that involved everyone from Nucky up to President Harding.  The packed billing left no room for favorites like Van Alden and Chalky, but that’s been the crapshoot of Season Three in nutshell — you never know who might pop up, or who might be forgotten altogether.  For more on the good, bad and pater familias of the episode, hit the jump.  Oh, and that’ll be $5, please. … READ MORE

BOARDWALK EMPIRE Recap: “You’d Be Surprised”

I think a fitting subheading to this week’s Boardwalk Empire episode would be “You’d Be Surprised … at just how wrong things can go for everyone.”  Could anyone have been more disappointed with their lot by the end of things?  Nucky seems to be having the worst of it (well, arguable Gyp had a pretty rough night, but more on that in a bit), and the walls seem to be closing in on him from all directions — his home life is a mess, his mistress doesn’t behave quite how he wants her to, his crime syndicate is falling apart at the seems, and on the fringes of the story, Nucky’s powerful political friends are facing federal investigation.  It’s just the kind of world where a man can’t even complain about a faulty iron without getting bashed over the head, dang it.  For more on that and how my secret is tape worms, hit the jump … READ MORE

BOARDWALK EMPIRE Recap: “Blue Bell Boy”

It is with unabashed joy I welcome Boardwalk Empire back into form this week with a fantastic episode from top hat to bare bottom.  But it wasn’t just Owen’s bare bottom and the introduction of Mr. Poofles that made the hour great, though it did set the stage.  The pieces on the chessboard are moving into place, slowly, and in the meantime we’re getting a lot of great, small stories.  One of the greatest has been the transformation of Eli — a reinvention, really … READ MORE