‘Boardwalk Empire’ Renewed by HBO

by | September 27, 2013 at 9:50 AM | Boardwalk Empire, Fall TV 2013, TV News

Stephen Graham stars as Al Capone in "Boardwalk Empire" (Photo: HBO)

By Tim Kenneally

“Boardwalk Empire” has been picked up for a fifth season by HBO, the network said Thursday.

The series, which premiered its fourth season Sept. 8, racked up five Emmy awards at this year’s ceremony, including outstanding supporting actor in a drama series for Bobby Cannavale.

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The Season 4 premiere of the series, which stars Steve Buscemi as bootlegging kingpin Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, drew a slightly lower audience compared to the previous season’s premiere — 2.4 million total viewers, versus the 2.9 million for the Season 3 premiere.

However, this season’s premiere aired opposite AMC”s “Breaking Bad,” which has boosted its viewership considerably since returning for its final eight episodes in August.

Comcast HBO subscribers: Click on the pic to watch last Sunday’s episode of “Boardwalk Empire”:

Steve Buscemi and Patricia Arquette in last weekend's episode of "Boardwalk Empire" (Photo: HBO)

HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo hailed the series as being “in a class by itself,” praising “Boardwalk” creator Terence Winter and his team when announcing the renewal.

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“Thanks to Terry Winter, Martin Scorsese, Tim Van Patten, Howard Korder and their stellar team, ‘Boardwalk Empire’ remains in a class by itself,” Lombardo said. “I look forward to another electrifying season of this impeccably crafted series.”

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