'Boardwalk Empire' renewed for second season

steve-buscemi-boardwalk-empire-320.jpgHBO can't get enough of Nucky Thompson.

The cable network renewed "Boardwalk Empire" for a second season, merely days after the period drama debuted Sunday, Sept. 19.

It's an easy vote of confidence for the show, which averaged 4.8 million viewers, HBO's largest premiere in over six years since "Deadwood," which had "The Sopranos" as lead-in. Subsequent replays for the night at 10:15 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. bourght the combined viewers for the night to 7.1 million.

"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," says said HBO programming president Michael Lombardo.  "The response from the media and our viewers has been nothing short of amazing."

On "Boardwalk Empire," Buscemi plays fictionalized politician/gangster Nucky Thompson who rules Atlantic City during the dawn of Prohibition. Kelly MacDonald, Michael Pitt and Michael Shannon also star.

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