Get Ready for a third season of “Boardwalk Empire”

 HBO made the announcement this afternoon that its popular prohibition-era drama Boardwalk Empire has been renewed for  a third season, just 3 weeks into its second season run.

Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Mark Wahlberg (Entourage), and Terence Winter (The Sopranos), Boardwalk Empire follows the life of politician and gangster Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (Steve Buscemi) in 1920’s Atlantic City. For its most recent airing it has been averaging 2.9 million viewers, not as high as HBO’s True Blood, but when DVR playback and repeats during the week are factored in, Boardwalk’s gross audience can exceed 10 million viewers, currently making it one of HBO’s most successful series.

While being snubbed at this year’s Emmy Awards (which was expected to win Best Drama, and Best Actor for Steve Buscemi), the show won no major categories, but still walked away with 8 total Emmys in the technical categories; including one for Scorsese for directing the pilot. However, Buscemi did win the Best Actor award and the show did win walk away with Best Drama at the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild awards this past January.

Season 2 is slated to end until December 11th, so the third season isn’t expected to air until September 2013.


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