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Steve Buscemi in 'Boardwalk Empire': Hit

Sure, he's made his living playing mostly evil-doers and his isn't exactly the face that comes to mind for "leading man," but Times TV critic Mary McNamara says "he is the Absolute Best Thing about the show," adding: "For all its period detail and pedigree, 'Boardwalk Empire' is nothing new.... Abbot Genser / HBO