ATLANTIC CITY — “Things are changing in Atlantic City,” says Jimmy Darmody (a character portrayed by the actor Michael Pitt) at the beginning of the trailer — or teaser as HBO officially calls it — for the much anticipated second season of Boardwalk Empire.
HBO’s hit drama series has been racking up Golden Globes, Emmy nominations and wins since its first season last fall.
Boardwalk Empire’s second season will start Sunday night, Sept. 25, at 9pm, the same time slot it had last year for its debut season. The Prohibition-period piece set in Atlantic City in the early 1920s was one of the most successful programs on the cable channel in recent history. Many critics — and, likely, HBO executives — are suggesting it may become as big as The Sopranos.
In Atlantic City, all of the international attention has led to trolley tours around the historic seaside resort; Nosh Like Nucky and other dining/bar specials at the city’s restaurants and casinos — with one casino, Resorts, completely re-branding itself as a 1920s-themed property, with flapper-girl uniforms for all of the on-property cocktail waitresses and throwback uniforms for the bell hops and parking attendants — as well as ’20s-era and Old A.C.-oriented programs, historical events, initiatives and exhibits presented by the ever-popular Atlantic City Free Public Library — where you can see the expanding Atlantic City Experience exhibit, as well as a rare original photo of the real Nucky Thompson — Enoch “Nucky” Johnson — and a variety of special events with tie-ins to the show.
Last year, before the national live premiere on Sunday, Sept. 19, which was shown at Caesars, an official premiere party was held in New York City the week before. It was followed by a star-studded second premiere party — with most of the cast in town for the event — held in Atlantic City at One Atlantic, overlooking the ocean atop The Pier Shops at Caesars.
During the Caesars premiere event, the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority (ACCVA), Atlantic City Weekly, Stockton College, and the ACFPL, teamed up to plan and present Atlantic City History: Conversations & Storytelling, a one-hour panel discussion with five Atlantic City historians, writers, museum curators and “old-timers,” who spoke to the crowd at Caesars, an hour before the 9pm premiere episode being shown live, about a variety of topics with regard to Atlantic City history.
The event was turned into a 13-part video series, all episodes of which can be seen by clicking here.
As of now, nothing has been revealed by Caesars Entertainment or HBO about premiere events in Atlantic City, and the ACCVA has not sent out any related news releases to the press.
By the time summer is winding down, Atlantic City — as well as the rest of the country (hello tourism district people!) — will be going gaga for Boardwalk Empire styles, music, clothes, dances — everything — and the city itself, attempting to pull itself out of slump with regard to casino revenues, attracting new business and development projects, will be gearing up for a full-blown 1920s makeover ala last year.
Boardwalk Empire is the best thing that has happened to Atlantic City in a long, long time. Perhaps it could save the city.
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Whaddya think? A Boardwalk Empire: Season One DVD with the two HBO documentaries on Atlantic City among the bonus features in time for the holiday shopping season?