HBO renews ‘Boardwalk Empire’ for a third season


BOARDWALK EMPIRE: Steve Buscemi. photo: Abbot Genser (Abbot Genser/HBO)

The pricey Prohibition-era drama, starring Steve Buscemi as a corrupt-but-slowly-losing-power politican, just kicked off its second season a few weeks ago. Its most recent episode this past Sunday drew 2.8 million viewers, down a bit from the same time last year (3.4 million).

However, the series is an awards show magnet. “Boardwalk” garnered 18 Emmy nominations this year, and walked away with eight — the most of any program. Many of the awards were in the technical categories, though executive producer Martin Scorsese walked away with a best directing prize.

Earlier this year at the Golden Globe Awards, “Boardwalk” won for drama series, and Buscemi picked up the trophy for best actor.

Emily Yahr covers pop culture and entertainment for the Post. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyYahr.

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