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TV This Week: Sept. 16 - 22: 'Boardwalk Empire' on HBO

September 12, 2012|By Matthew Cooper
  • Steve Buscemi on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire"
Steve Buscemi on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" (Macall B. Polay / HBO )

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This week's TV Movies


The Prohibition-era drama "Boardwalk Empire" returns. Now, a moment of silence for the dearly departed Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt), whacked by his crime-boss mentor Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi, below) in last season's finale. (HBO, 9 p.m.)

Up in smoke? Out of joint? Our stash of reefer references and pot puns is all dried up, so it's just as well that the cannabis-themed comedy-drama "Weeds" is ending its eight-season run. So long, Nancy Botwin (Mary Louise Parker). (Showtime, 10 p.m.)


"Revolution" will not be televised. Or it wouldn't be, if its basic premise — a near-future world sans electrical power — were to come to pass. Tracy Spiridakos and "Lost's" Elizabeth Mitchell star in this new action-drama from J.J. Abrams. (NBC, 10 p.m.)


Casualties: An estimated three quarters of a million Americans lost their lives during the Civil War, a toll recounted on a new "American Experience." And with no end in sight, the ongoing Syrian conflict is surveyed on a new "Frontline." (KOCE, 8 and 10 p.m.)


From the Pilgrims — hic! — to the Whiskey Rebellion — hic! — to Prohibition — hic! — and beyond, host Mike Rowe distills nearly three centuries of our nation's love of libations in the new three-part special "How Booze Built America." (Discovery, 10 p.m.)


"Tell me it's not my fault." "Respect my feelings." "Don't put me in the middle." Just some of the advice offered by a panel of wise-beyond-their-years youngsters in the special "Don't Divorce Me! Kids' Rules for Parents on Divorce." (HBO, 6:30 p.m.)

All politics is local, especially in Pawnee, Ind. But newly elected City Councilwoman Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) will pay a visit to Washington, D.C., on the fifth-season premiere of the civic-minded sitcom "Parks and Recreation." (NBC, 9:30 p.m.)


It's the end of the world as we know it, and Kirsten Dunst, below, feels … pretty darn depressed, actually, in director Lars von Trier's apocalyptic 2011 fable "Melancholia." Charlotte Gainsbourg and Kiefer Sutherland also star. (Showtime, 8 p.m.)


Crash course: Sentenced to prison for her role in the death of her best friend (Maiara Walsh), a tortured teen (Kelcie Stranahan) revisits the events of that fateful night in the new made-for-cable drama "Last Hours in Suburbia." (Lifetime, 8 p.m.)

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