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Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 10/12/2011

HBO renews ‘Boardwalk Empire’ for a third season

BOARDWALK EMPIRE: Steve Buscemi. photo: Abbot Genser (Abbot Genser - HBO)
HBO has renewed “Boardwalk Empire” for a third season, the network announced Wednesday.

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.

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