Boardwalk Empire: HBO TV Show Renewed for Season Two Already!

Boardwalk EmpireJust two days after HBO debuted their new series, Boardwalk Empire, the pay-for-view channel has renewed it for a second season. The show gave HBO their largest premiere since Deadwood’s in 2004 so they’re wasting no time in ordering more.

Boardwalk Empire takes place during the Prohibition Era and stars Steve Buscemi as Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, Atlantic City’s treasurer and a backroom dealer who can get things done. Others in the cast include Shea Whigham, Michael Stuhlbarg, Frank Crudele, Vincent Piazza, Stephen Graham, Michael Pitt, Michael Shannon, and Kelly Macdonald.

Here’s the official press release from HBO…

HBO Renews Boardwalk Empire for Second Season
September 21, 2010

Following resounding critical approval and high viewer numbers for the series’ Sept. 19 debut, HBO has renewed Boardwalk Empire for a second season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.

“All the ingredients aligned for this one, from Mark Wahlberg and Steve Levinson’s initial pitch, to Martin Scorsese’s enormous contributions as director and executive producer, to the genius of Terry Winter and the expertise of Tim Van Patten, to a stellar cast led by Steve Buscemi,” said Lombardo. “The response from the media and our viewers has been nothing short of amazing.”

From Terence Winter, Emmy(R) Award-winning writer of “The Sopranos” and Academy Award(R)-winning director Martin Scorsese, Boardwalk Empire is set in Atlantic City at the dawn of Prohibition, when the sale of alcohol became illegal throughout the United States.

Among the early critical raves, People called the show “not-to-be-missed,” hailing Steve Buscemi’s “brilliant, brutally funny performance,” while USA Today observed that Boardwalk Empire “looks to be the season’s best new show on any outlet.” The Philadelphia Inquirer said the series “stands at the pinnacle of TV achievement,” with the New York Observer noting, “It’s really, really good.”

The Sept. 19 premiere of Boardwalk Empire averaged 4.8 million viewers during the 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) airing to score HBO’s largest premiere of any program in over six years (since March 21, 2004 – “Deadwood” with “The Sopranos” as lead-in). With additional plays at 10:15 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., Boardwalk Empire was watched by a combined 7.1 million viewers for the night.

Season one credits: Created by Terence Winter, Boardwalk Empire is executive produced by Terence Winter, Martin Scorsese, Tim Van Patten, Stephen Levinson and Mark Wahlberg; co-executive producers, Gene Kelly and Lawrence Konner; producers (series), Rudd Simmons and Rick Yorn; producer (pilot), David Coatsworth; supervising producers, Howard Korder and Margaret Nagle.

What do you think? Did you like Boardwalk Empire? Will you keep watching or do you think it should have been cancelled?

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29 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. HeAtHeR says

    I LOVED IT!!!! i make sure i tvo it lol….i wish i knew when the new season started though because i cant find anything on it so if anyone knows please let me know :)

  2. says

    please contue with series.bestshow since Rome, wich i wish had continued as truth and history make better than fiction!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111

  3. Alauda says

    Love it! Glad it wasn’t cancelled. I was worried, because HBO is very weird about supporting popular shows. Deadwood was a hit and they cancelled it. Sopranos was just too big to not keep. Someone else would have picked it up. I hope HBO learns to support their viewers, and not brain dead program directors.

  4. caroline eadens says

    HBO is finally redeeming itself after Deadwood. I still miss that show, it was beyond fabulous. Didn’t all the actors deserve a raise? What a lame reason for canceling a show.
    Look at the money Jennifer Aniston or Tom Cruise are paid for failure!!

    • SANDY says

      Please keep more episodes of Boar Walk Empire coming. Not only do we love it, it provides a visual look at our culture that can not completely be appreciated in our t history books. I’m the daughetr of a police officer, and married to a police officer. It makes their stories about “old days” so much more vivid. KEEP THEM COMING. Please!

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