“Boardwalk Empire” is a new series created by Terrance Winter, a very talented writer who blossomed on “The Sopranos.” Steve Buscemi stars as Nucky Thompson, an Atlantic City magnate wheeling and dealing during Prohibition. Not only does the show tout Martin Scorcese as an executive producer, but the Academy Award-winning filmmaker also directed the pilot. Obviously, HBO has decided to greenlight the show.

Production is expected to begin in the fall in Gotham, with the preem targeted for next year.

“Boardwalk Empire” was created by “Sopranos” alum Terence Winter. The pilot seg was helmed by Scorsese, who will remain a hands-on exec producer on the series. Skein hails from Mark Wahlberg’s Closest to the Hole and Stephen Levinson’s Leverage production banners. Winter, Scorsese, Wahlberg, Levinson and Tim Van Patten are exec producers.

Co-stars include Michael Pitt, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, Dabney Coleman and Stephen Graham.

Along with David Simon’s “Treme,” season 2 of “Eastbound and Down,” and season 7 of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” I plan on allowing HBO and “Boardwalk Empire” to renew my faith in scripted television. Hopefully the show succeeds as the heir apparent to “The Sopranos” and “The Wire.”