It should come as no surprise that the critically acclaimed Boardwalk Empire would be given a third season. When you have the amount of talent this series has, from the writing to the actors, you can bet it’s going to do well. Since it’s an HBO series, it doesn’t have to have seven million viewers each episode to make it a hit.
“Following a triumphant first season, I was eager to see what Terry Winter, Martin Scorsese and the rest of their stellar team had in store, and they continue to surpass our highest expectations,” said Michael Lombardo, the president of HBO. “The response from the media and our viewers has been extremely gratifying.”
The renewal came after only three episodes had aired, although compared to the second season renewal HBO took their time with the decision. It was only the day after the first season premiered that HBO committed to a second season. And it’s not just the viewers that are in love with this show; during this years Emmy Awards, Boardwalk Empire walked away with eight awards, including Best Director for Martin Scoresese. Now if only it was this easy to renew network shows. Boardwalk averages fewer viewers than shows like Fringe and Community and yet we’re always waiting until the last minute to hear if they’ll live another year. Cable shows have it pretty easy compared to the cutthroat nature of network television. Still, the world looks forward to another great season of Boardwalk Empire.