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'Boardwalk Empire' post-mortem: Jeffrey Wright says Narcisse suffers 'spiritual assassination'

Spoilers for the Boardwalk Empire season finale ahead! With Nucky winding down his operations, Van Alden reclaiming his identity, and Harrow going from living to not living (sad!), the major players of Boardwalk Empire each found themselves undergoing a transformation during the fourth season finale.

Harlem intellectual and “business” man Dr. Valentin Narcisse (Jeffrey Wright) started off the season as the new king in town, chipping away at Chalky White’s control of the predominantly black North Side community in Atlantic City. By season’s end, he may have survived a botched assassination attempt, but according to Wright, he suffers a “real spiritual assassination” when J. Edgar Hoover (Eric Ladin) forces him to become his informant for the Bureau of Investigation.

“He becomes what he despises at the beginning and that is a servant pretending to be a king, so it all comes full circle,” Wright explains. READ FULL STORY

'Boardwalk Empire' trailer: Welcome to the AC, Jeffrey Wright and Ron Livingston -- VIDEO

“I’m a middleman. I take orders. They do the rest. I don’t ask questions,” pleads a poor schlub at the beginning of this new full-length trailer for Boardwalk Empire.

Of course, nobody really cares about middlemen — which is why the clip quickly moves on to power players like Steve Buscemi’s Nucky Thompson, who may have a new and fearsome foe in Harlem boss Valentin Narcisse (Jeffrey Wright). “Only kings understand each other,” Narcisse says smoothly after reminding the gangster that he prefers to be addressed as “Doctor.” “What shall we do, Mr. Thompson?”

Elsewhere on the Empire: Carrie Bradshaw’s ex-boyfriend Jack Berger (a.k.a. Ron Livingston) has morphed into Roy Phillips, a wealthy outsider in town for mysterious reasons. Hopefully, he doesn’t date Gillian (Gretchen Mol), then dump her via Post-It. She’s got enough problems as it is — like a pesky judge demanding to know what occurred in her residence eight months ago.

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Patricia Arquette to recur on 'Boardwalk Empire'

Patricia Arquette is heading back to television.

The actress is on board to join the upcoming fourth season of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. She will recur as a character named Sally Wheet, described as “a tough-as-nails Tampa speakeasy owner with connections to local gangsters.”

Arquette last appeared on television on NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, which had been her first television role since starring on CBS’s Medium.

Boardwalk is expected to return later this year.

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Best of 2012: 5 TV shows that got better

Few things are more satisfying than realizing that a TV show you love is getting better. Evolution and experimentation is built into the long-form television medium. Sometimes that experimentation goes horribly wrong, and some course-correction is required. Other times, a show that’s always been good starts firing on all cylinders at once. Here are our five picks for the Most Improved TV Shows of 2012.

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'Breaking Bad,' 'Modern Family' dominate WGA Award nominees

What do Walter White and Phil Dunphy have in common? They’re both at the center of the TV shows most honored by the Writers Guild of America today. The group just announced the nominees for its annual awards, which will be handed out Feb. 17 at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York. Breaking Bad garnered five nods; Modern Family drew four. Here’s a list of all the primetime and late night series in contention for the event’s biggest prizes:

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'Boardwalk Empire' creator talks season 3 finale, what's next for Nucky

And so the third — and arguably the best — season of Boardwalk Empire comes to a close. Below creator Terence Winter talks to EW about Sunday’s full gangster-style shoot-em’-up closer, reveals which characters survived the bloodbath, and gives plenty of teasers about what to expect in season four.

The first part of the interview is all about last night’s finale, so SPOILERS follow. The second page is all about what we can expect next year (spoiler free, of course).¬† READ FULL STORY

'Boardwalk Empire' season 3 finale promo: The gun show -- VIDEO

“Where’s Nucky Thompson?”

It’s a question a lot of Boardwalk Empire‘s characters have asked while Atlantic City’s puppetmaster fell in love and off the radar. A vengeful Nucky set the stage for Boardwalk‘s season 3 finale a few weeks back by issuing a “You’re either with me or against me” war declaration against¬†psychotic nemesis Gyp Rosetti (Bobby Cannavale) and his associates.

Below, watch a new promo for the finale that offers more questions than answers. What it delivers most on, though, is guns. Tons and tons of guns.
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'Boardwalk Empire' renewed for 4th season

No surprise here: HBO is bringing back Boardwalk Empire for a fourth season.

The network announced the show will continue Nucky Thompson’s story in 2013.

Last Sunday’s episode was seen by 2.6 million viewers for its debut airing, though HBO points out the recent third season premiere is up to 7.2 million viewers when all forms of viewing is taken into account. Boardwalk recently received four Emmy awards, though lost the big drama category to Showtime’s Homeland.

'Boardwalk Empire': Watch clips from season premiere -- VIDEO

The third season of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire (finally!) premieres on Sunday and we’ve got some clips to whet your appetite. In the opener, Nucky (Steve Buscemi) and Margaret (Kelly Macdonald) make some unrealistic New Year’s resolutions, and Gyp’s (Bobby Cannavale) mission to take control of the Boardwalk is most ambitious of all — especially now that Jimmy (Michael Pitt) is out of the picture.
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'Boardwalk Empire' trailer: War is coming to Atlantic City

Boardwalk Empire wrapped up its second season with a strong run of bloodsoaked episodes that tore the status quo to pieces and pushed Steve Buscemi’s Nucky Thompson to new depths of criminality. And the new trailer for the show’s upcoming third season continues that momentum. We get a first look at some new cast members, especially Bobby Cannavale, who’s playing a Sicilian gangster who looks to be making Nucky’s life very difficult this season. How difficult? At one point, Nucky lays it out simply: “There’s no walking away. We go to war.”

Also appearing: Gretchen Mol’s vengeful mother/lover, Michael Stuhlbarg’s preening Arnold Rothstein, and Jack Huston’s half-faced assassin. Watch the trailer: READ FULL STORY

'Boardwalk Empire' season 3: First photos

There’s no more Jimmy Darmody (awww), but the rest of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire gang is back for season three, along with new hire Bobby Cannavale as Gyp Rosetti – a charming but ruthless gangster who challenges Nucky (Steve Buscemi) for control of the bootleg business. Here’s your first-look photos for the show, which returns Sept. 16: READ FULL STORY

'Boardwalk Empire' season 3 premiere date revealed ('Treme' too)

Jimmy Darmody may be gone, but the rest of the Boardwalk Empire gang has a return date..

The 12-episode third season of HBO’s Prohibition Era-drama will premiere Sunday, Sept. 16 at 9 p.m. Also set to return: The 10-episode third season of the modestly rated Treme, which gets underway Sunday, Sept. 23 at 10 p.m.

For more on HBO’s Boardwalk plans, check out our mega interview with showrunner Terence Winter about last December’s shocking finale.

'Boardwalk Empire' casting scoop: Meet the new gangster

Meet Nucky’s latest challenge.

Bobby Cannavale has joined the cast of season 3 of of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.

The veteran Emmy-winning TV actor (Cold Case, Nurse Jackie) will play Gyp Rosetti, a charming but ruthless gangster who challenges Nucky (Steve Buscemi) for control of the bootleg business.

Creator Terence Winter plans to have season 3 leap forward 16 months to 1923. “It was an exciting year,” he told EW.com. “All the people who stockpiled liquor started to run out, so competition between bootleggers became really fierce.”

Read more:
‘Boardwalk Empire’ showrunner explains shocking finale, talks season 3¬†

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