Stars celebrate second season bow

There was no talk of a sophomore slump at the second season premiere of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.”

At the lavish Waldorf Astoria afterparty on Sept. 14, the cast, crew and HBO alum, including Edie Falco and Ricky Gervais, were in good spirits following the Ziegfeld screening.

“The second season of any show that starts off as strong as ‘Boardwalk’ started off is always a daunting prospect, but Terry Winter was game and I think he has more than delivered,” HBO’s Michael Lombardo said of the show’s creator. “The cost of success is a bar set high.”

In between chatting with skein exec producer Mark Wahlberg and HBO’s Richard Plepler, Winter claimed he hadn’t begun to consider reactions to the second season until earlier in the day. “If you start thinking about it any sooner, you get into your own head, and that is not good.”

Winter vowed to maintain a calm demeanor on Emmy Sunday.

“When you are in a room and they are giving out prizes, of course you want one,” he said. “But the key is to not freak out about it, because you are with your friends drinking champagne, wearing a tuxedo. It doesn’t get much better than that.”

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