'Boardwalk Empire' premiere: What'd you think?

steve-buscemi-boardwalk-empire-320.jpgWe're already sold on "Boardwalk Empire," but we're curious to know what you think about HBO's big new series.

The premiere covered a heck of a lot of ground in introducing us to Prohibition-era Atlantic City, N.J., and its kingpin, Nucky Thompson ( Steve Buscemi). Writer Terence Winter seemed to acknowledge that at one point as federal agent Van Alden's ( Michael Shannon) bewildered new partner had trouble keeping track of who was who in Nucky's gangster/bootlegger world.

We confess that we could've used a lineup card to keep track of everyone as well, but despite that, there was a great deal to enjoy in the series debut. Among the high points: the relationship between Nucky and his ambitious underling Jimmy Darmody ( Michael Pitt); Jimmy and a young Al Capone's ( Stephen Graham) off-the-cuff conversation about their business while their bosses were inside; and Martin Scorsese's direction, particularly the cutting back and forth between Van Alden's raid on the funeral parlor/liquor operation and Jimmy and Al stealing the New York-bound liquor shipment.

What were your thoughts on the premiere? Will you be sticking around?

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