1.  It’s an HBO series, of course. 

2.  The first episode, which aired September 19, 2010, was directed by Martin Scorsese and cost $18 million.  (Don’t you just hate chintzy people?)

3.  It has, so far, received 8 Emmy Awards.  (Darn show-offs.)

4.  Star Steve Buscemi spent four years working as firefighter in New York City during the 1980s.

5.  Kelly Macdonald, who plays Margaret Schroeder, played the “Grey Lady” ghost (aka Helena Ravenclaw) in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part II.  (If there’s a connection between that Grey lady and the New York Times, I have yet to find it.)

6.  The series doesn’t use original music, instead offering songs and music (both new versions and period versions) that were in existence during the era in which the show is set.

7.  For the first episode, Scorsese insisted that the planks in the boardwalk had to be the exact same size as the actual planks used in Atlantic City at the time.  (We’re talking obsessed with details here; what the hey would he think of the fence “repair” job I did last week?)

8.  Sophie Tucker and Eddie Cantor are among the real life celebrities who have been depicted on the show.  (The Charlie Daniels Band and Cheap Trick are playing Atlantic City this week; wonder if they’ll show up in an episode in the show’s 145th season?)

9.  The character of Jimmy Darmody was a machine gunner during World War I.

10.  Michael Shannon, who portrays the good agent Nelson Van Alden, will portray the evil General Zod in the upcoming Man of Steel movie.  (Going from a G-Man to a Z-Man.)

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