For a while, it looked like HBO has lost their mojo. There was clearly a period just after shows like The Sopranos, The Wire, Six Feet Under, Deadwood, Rome, et al. had ended and there didn’t seem to be any shows that would be stepping in to fill their lineup. So much so, that I considered Showtime to be the superior cable network for a time.
But with David Simon’s Treme, and now Scorcese’s Empire Boardwalk (along with True Blood, How to Make It In America, Eastbound & Down, and a few other shows) it looks like HBO’s is getting their mojo back.