Following the hit series' third-season debut on Sept. 16, HBO has renewed Boardwalk Empire for a fourth season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. Here's what the network president had to say about the renewal.
"Terry Winter, Martin Scorsese and the rest of their outstanding team continue to produce a stunning show thatnever fails to surprise and entertain. We are excited to bring this unique series back for a fourth season."
From Terence Winter, Emmy-winning writer of The Sopranos and Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Boardwalk Empire is set in the 1920s during Prohibition, and chronicles the life and times of Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, the undisputed leader of Atlantic City.
Last season, Boardwalk Empire averaged 8.6 million viewers an episode. To date, the first episode of the current season has already gathered 7.2 million viewers and will continue to grow via additional telecasts, DVR playback and HBO On Demand and HBO GO.
Among the early critical raves for the new season of Boardwalk Empire, the Boston Globe hailed the show's "dazzling production" and "knockout performances," while New York's Daily News described it as "first-rate." Newsday termed the series "immensely entertaining," and Variety called it "as handsome, well cast and impeccably crafted as anything on TV."
Boardwalk Empire recently received four 2012 Emmy Awards, for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Timothy Van Patten); Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series (tie with Game of Thrones); Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series; and Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role.
At the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards, the series led all programming with eight awards, including Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Martin Scorsese). In Jan. 2011, Boardwalk Empire received two Golden Globe Awards, for Best Television Series - Drama and Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama (Steve Buscemi).
Season 3 credits: Created by Terence Winter, Boardwalk Empire is executive produced by Terence Winter, Martin Scorsese, Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Timothy Van Patten and Howard Korder; co-executive producers, Eugene Kelly, Chris Haddock, Andrew Schneider, Diane Frolov, Rolin Jones; producers, Joseph E. Iberti, Rick Yorn; co-producer, Steve Kornacki; supervising producer, David Stenn.