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There’s so much to savor about “Boardwalk Empire” — Martin Scorsese and “The Sopranos” writer Terence Winter’s sprawling look at Prohibition-era gangsters in 1920 — it’s hard to know where to begin. One can luxuriate in the atmosphere, or admire the scintillating cast — a shrewdly assembled collection of talented not-quite movie stars, among them Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, and four Michaels: Shannon, Stuhlbarg, Pitt and Kenneth Williams. As for the story, it’s been a while since such a sweeping, epic backdrop has been put to better use. Having notoriously missed out on “Mad Men,” the mantle of cable’s next great period piece belongs to HBO…

Buscemi as Nucky Thompson

Buscemi’s anchoring role notwithstanding, “Boardwalk” is really an ensemble piece boasting an extraordinarily rich array of characters. They include Macdonald (“No Country for Old Men”) as a struggling Irish immigrant who comes to Nucky seeking help; and Shannon as the FBI agent assigned to stop the flow of illegal liquor…

Despite the lusty pleasures of “True Blood,” true HBO acolytes have been a trifle nostalgic since “The Sopranos” faded to white. For those wondering when the channel would deliver another franchise to definitively put it on top of the world, Ma, the wait is over: Go directly to “Boardwalk.”

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