‘Boardwalk Empire’ renewed for fifth season by HBO

Season four has just begun on HBO and the show will return for another run of episodes in 2014

HBO has renewed Boardwalk Empire for a fifth season.

Season Four began on HBO on September 8 and the acclaimed period drama will return for another run of episodes next year, the US premium cablenetwork confirmed yesterday (September 26). In the UK Boardwalk Empire airs on Sky Atlantic and season four is expected to get underway next month (October).

HBO’s president of programming Michael Lombardo said in a press statement: “Thanks to Terry Winter, Martin Scorsese, Tim Van Patten, Howard Korder and their stellar team, Boardwalk Empire remains in a class by itself. I look forward to another electrifying season of this impeccably crafted series.”

Created by Winter, Boardwalk Empire is set in Atlantic City during the Prohibition era and focuses on Steve Buscemi‘s Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, a corrupt politician who controls the notorious party town by moonlighting as a gangster.

Scorsese directed the show’s pilot episode and serves as an executive producer on the series, which debuted in 2010 and became a hit with viewers and TV critics alike. At the Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday (September 22) Bobby Cannavale won the ‘Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series’ prize for his performance as Gyp Rosetti, a ruthless gangster who challenges Buscemi’s Nucky.