SBS nabs Scorsese drama

SBS has picked up Boardwalk Empire from the LA Screenings, HBO’s drama set in Atlantic City during the Prohibition era with a pilot directed by Martin Scorsese.

The series has attracted critical buzz in LA, with a cast including Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Dabney Coleman and William Hill.

Based on Nelson Johnson’s book, Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City it has been adapted by Emmy award-winning screenwriter and producer Terence Winter (The Sopranos).

Updated: This will premiere in Australia on Showcase prior to Free to Air broadcast.

Source: Hollywood Reporter


  1. O mike your a bore- which FTA network do you work for?….this show should be great HBO do some excellent things and nurse jacki was excellent and shafted by 10

  2. @Mike – you are kidding me. Sure Scorsese may have been at the helm for a number of films based on the world of organised crime, but that represents only a portion of his creative output over the years. Do a little research and you’ll discover he’s far from a ‘one trick pony’ – Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last Waltz, The Last Temptation Of Christ, New York Stories, The Age Of Innocence, Shine A Light, and The Aviator to name a few. Heard of any of them?

  3. Ah, David, you do realise television networks are run as a business, and whilst you may like and think Nurse Jackie is quality, the majority of Australia and America disagree. Ten gave the show a chance, and it failed. Yes, Ten could have perhaps marketed it better, but if people really wanted to see it, they would have.

    As for the SBS new acquisition, yawn. I would much rather they invested in local drama, rather than imports which people can see anytime they like through illegal means. Besides, SBS has the world cup this year, don’t they? That should raise their share a little, so no need to try and compete with other networks over ‘critical darlings’ that sink in the ratings.

    Guano, agree completely. The man is a one trick pony.

  4. Outstanding!

    But will we need to wait in line for it to show on local cable first like Mad Men and other excellent programs?

    If so, it’ll be years before it finally makes it on to TV via SBS. 🙁

    • Yes let’s just ban them from buying any shows. Then we can complain about that too. If commercial networks aren’t game to programme quality cable dramas properly (Nurse Jackie anyone?) then I’m happy to watch arthouse stuff on SBS if it fits their charter.

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