The season finale of Boardwalk Empire lived up the hype. We finally got the scene we always wanted from the best character on TV - Richard Harrow. I always say, you don't have an extensive gun collection and half a face and stay peaceful. I'm glad he proved me right.
Boardwalk Empire was created by Terence Winter. He used to write on The Sopranos. And when I hear the name "Terence Winter", I only think of one thing: cool HBO shows. That's it. Those things are synonymous in my mind.
It's such an important sounding writer name. Terence Winter. Terence Winter writes important drama. Terence Winter writes award winning art. Irwin Handleman writes fart jokes. These things make sense in our brain. Some names just pigeonhole you.
So imagine my surprise when I look him up on IMDB to see where he got his start and find these credits:
2005 Get Rich or Die Tryin' (written by)
1999 The PJs (TV series)
1998 DiResta (TV series)
1998 Diagnosis Murder (TV series)
1995-1998 Xena: Warrior Princess (TV series)
1996-1997 Sister, Sister (TV series)
1996 Flipper (TV series)
1995 The Great Defender (TV series)
1995 The Cosby Mysteries (TV series)
That's right, the man responsible for highbrow HBO stuff used to write on Sister, Sister and Xena: Warrior Princess. It's kind of inspiring.
Why? Because can you honestly say that Get Rich or Die Tryin' is better than In the Mix? You can't! In the same year, 2005, Terence Winter and Irwin Handleman both wrote black movies starring musicians who can't act.
I wrote for Carson Daly, he wrote for a dolphin. Same motherfucking difference, folks. I might have a Boardwalk Empire in me yet.