Emmys 2011: Matthew Weiner loves 'Boardwalk Empire'
"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner wasn't giving a second thought to all the talk about HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" posing a serious threat to another "Mad Men" win for best drama series (it turns out he was right!)
"Terry Winter and I worked together on 'The Sopranos,' he's a great writer, he's very deserving -- it's a great show," said Weiner of "Boardwalk Empire" and its executive producer and writer, Terence Winter.
Having written for "The Sopranos," Weiner is familiar with the power of HBO and says, "The idea that we are a competitor to HBO is very thrilling for me."
In fact, since "The Sopranos," Weiner said that things have just gotten better and better for TV. That show, he said, helped pave the way for television series (particularly those on cable) to attract interesting people and a broad audience.
Film is still a great business, he added, but this is an especially great time for television. After thinking about that for a moment, he shrugged and said, "In the end it's all going to be watched on your phone anyway, so what's the difference?"
Photo: Elisabeth Moss hugs executive producer Matthew Weiner after he accepted the award for drama series for "Mad Men" at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters