Boardwalk Empire Season 02, Episode 05 (Gershwin & Bunkum) Synopsis: After introducing a surprise speaker at a Memorial Day event, Nucky senses his opposition starting to crumble just as his election-fraud case is about to fall into federal jurisdiction. Meanwhile, Richard has a soul-searching experience in the woods before going back to work with Jimmy, who clashes with Atlantic City's ruling class; and Eli's bridge-burning lands him in a desperate situation.
Season: 02, Episode: 05
Episode Name: Gershwin & Bunkum
Airing: 23 October, 2011
Genre: Period drama, Crime
Created by: Terence Winter
Cast: Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, Aleksa Palladino, Michael Stuhlbarg, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza, Paz de la Huerta, Michael Kenneth Williams, Anthony Laciura, Paul Sparks, Jack Huston, Gretchen Mol, Dabney Coleman.
Opening Theme: "Straight Up and Down" by the Brin Jonestown Massacre
Country of Origin: United States
Original Channel: HBO
Boardwalk Empire (TV Series): Boardwalk Empire is an American television series from cable network HBO, set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the Prohibition era. It stars Steve Buscemi as Enoch "Nucky" Thompson. The show was adapted from a book about historical criminal kingpin Enoch "Nucky" Johnson by Nelson Johnson entitled Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City, by Emmy Award-winning screenwriter and producer Terence Winter of The Sopranos.
The first episode, with a final cost of $18 million, was directed by Martin Scorsese and was the most expensive pilot episode produced in television history. On September 1, 2009, HBO picked up the series for an additional 11 episodes. It premiered on September 19, 2010. The series was immediately renewed for a second season on September 20, 2010, which premiered on HBO on September 25, 2011.
Boardwalk Empire has received widespread critical acclaim, particularly for its visual style and historical accuracy, as well as for Buscemi's lead performance. The series was nominated for 18 Emmy Awards; winning eight, including Outstanding Directing for Martin Scorsese.