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Each TV Network Does Dramas Differently: Here's How

Thirty years ago, when I began writing episodic television, there were network dramas and syndicated shows. These days, when I’m teaching one-hour drama, that single catch-phrase encompasses everything that fits the time slot. But the explosion of different outlets means that one-size no longer fits all. Each type of network behaves differently. What follows is a taxonomy of the four major kinds of networks and how their shows differ from those on other kinds of networks.
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • June 5, 2014 6:30 AM
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Terence Winter Talks Working with Scorsese on 'Wolf of Wall Street' and 'Boardwalk Empire'

"I even had Jordan come in to CAA to do one of those motivational speeches for me. He never had it on tape, so we filled up the conference room with assistants and agents. He was reluctant, it took a few minutes to warm up and become the guy in the movie. It was one of those amazing things to watch. It was great. A lot of his words are in there."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 24, 2014 8:21 PM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: Williams, Wright and Bingham Revitalize 'Boardwalk Empire' Season Four

A lethal triangle formed by Michael Kenneth Williams, Jeffrey Wright and femme fatale Margot Bingham has made "Boardwalk Empire" fun to watch again.
  • By David Chute
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  • October 30, 2013 6:20 AM
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HBO Renews 'Boardwalk Empire' for a Fifth Season

Even though Emmy-winning "Boardwalk Empire" got off to a soft start in its the fourth-season debut on Sept. 8 (TOH review here), HBO has renewed Terence Winter, Martin Scorsese and Tim Van Patten's '20s period gangster series or a fifth season said Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 26, 2013 2:17 PM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season Premiere, Nussbaum TV Game, Johnson Directs 'Breaking Bad'

The season premiere of "Boardwalk Empire" was as lush and well-acted -- and as weirdly uncompelling -- as ever. Perhaps we've watched too many period gangster dramas, at this point, to be easily enthralled by a show that takes a staunchly traditionalist approach to the genre.
  • By David Chute
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  • September 10, 2013 4:32 PM
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WATCH TRAILER: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season Four Starts September 8

Check out the new trailer for "Boardwalk Empire," as Season Four of the gorgeously mounted Martin Scorsese/Terrence Winter Prohibition era gangster series gets underway on September 8 on HBO.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 15, 2013 4:12 PM
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HBO Renews 'Boardwalk Empire' for Fourth Season: Why?

Judging from the first four episodes of "Boardwalk Empire" Season Three, I cannot commend HBO for renewing the series for a fourth season. HBO is looking at the fact that the first two episodes of its third season averaged 2.5 million viewers, somewhat down from the Season Two finale of 3 million. Last week the show won three Emmys, down from Season One's eight; exec producer Tim Van Patten won for directing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 2, 2012 2:05 PM
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Trailer for HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 3: 'What the fuck is life if it's not personal?!'

Season three of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" debuts September 16. Bobby Cannavale joins the show as Gyp Rosetti and asks, exasperated, "What the fuck is life if it's not personal?!" in the season three trailer. Check it out below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 14, 2012 1:36 PM
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Third Seasons for HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire' & 'Treme' Begin in September

HBO has picked up both Terence Winter's "Boardwalk Empire" and David Simon's "Treme" for third seasons.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 10, 2012 12:59 PM
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