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David Chase and Steve Buscemi on the Rise of TV Antiheroes

Originally Aired: Tuesday March 4, 2014

Actor Steve Buscemi, live in The Greene Space

In today’s new golden age of television, why are the most fun-to-watch characters also the most morally dubious?

Studio 360‘s Kurt Andersen joined us live in The Greene Space on Monday, March 3 to talk about the rise of the TV antihero with two men behind some of the most wickedly appealing characters in recent memory: David Chase, creator of “The Sopranos,” and Steve Buscemi, starring now as Nucky Thompson on “Boardwalk Empire.”

They talked Tony Soprano and Nucky Thompson, the appeal of these morally complicated characters and whether they’re here to stay.

David Chase on James Gandolfini, Tony Soprano and bringing the series to life:

Steve Buscemi on whether good characters have to be so bad:

Watch the entire conversation below:

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