Best Character on a Bad Show: Arnold "Ace" Rothstein (Michael Stuhlbarg) "Boardwalk Empire"
Two of the Michaels on "Boardwalk Empire" are pretty bad: Michael Pitt, as brooding wannabe gangster Jimmy Darmody and Michael Shannon as demented federal agent Nelson Van Alden. But the third is dead brilliant: as the reptilian New York gangster Arnold "Ace" Rothstein, the acclaimed young stage actor manages to be hilarious and frightening in the space of a single bone-dry line reading. More of him in season two, please.