Nellie Andreeva

Three weeks into Boardwalk Empire‘s second season, the HBO Prohibition-era drama has been picked up for a third one. This marks another early renewal for the Terence Winter/Martin Scorsese series, which received its second-season order immediately after the series premiere last fall. “Following a triumphant first season, I was eager to see what Terry Winter, Martin Scorsese and the rest of their stellar team had in store, and they continue to surpass our highest expectations,” HBO Programming president Michael Lombardo said.Created by Winter, Boardwalk Empire is set in the 1920s in the early days of Prohibition, and chronicles the life and times of Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (Steve Buscemi), the undisputed leader of Atlantic City, who was equal parts politician and gangster. While not the runaway hit that HBO’s vampire drama True Blood is, Boardwalk has been steady in the ratings, most recently drawing 2.9 million for its original airing on Sunday. With multiple play/DVR viewing included, Boardwalk ranks among HBO’s most popular offerings with an average gross audience of 10.7 million. While it was surprisingly snubbed in most top categories at the Emmys last month, Boardwalk won best directing for a drama series for the Scorsese-helmed pilot and 8 Emmys overall. It also won best drama series and best lead actor (Buscemi) at the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards. Season 2 was executive produced by Winter, Scorsese, Tim Van Patten, Stephen Levinson and Mark Wahlberg. The series joins recently renewed True Blood, Game of Thrones and Treme and the upcoming Luck, Veep, Girls, Ricky Gervais’ Life’s Too Short and Aaron Sorkin’s as-yet untitled news network drama. Still in limbo is the future of Curb Your Enthusiasm, which hinges on creator/star Larry David’s committing to another season.

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