The Slow Decline of Nucky Thompson Continues as ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Renewed for Season 5

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Despite having killed off its most compelling character back at the end of Season 2, Boardwalk Empire keeps trucking on… and not without professional celebration. The 2013 Emmys awarded the Best Supporting Actor title to Bobby Cannavale for his Season 3 turn as Gyp Rosetti. Presently in its fourth year, the program has attracted the likes of screen vet Jeffrey Wright as a new high-profile villain. And now, TVLine reports that HBO has renewed the period drama for a fifth season.

Steve Buscemi trucks on as Nucky Thompson, whose slow decay is hardly as eventful or riveting as that which we see in fellow antiheroes Walter White from Breaking Bad or even Don Draper from Mad Men. With a team of adequate performers and a production value that’d put the glitz and glamor of the Royal Wedding to shame, Boardwalk does manage to keep the attention of some drama enthusiasts, and of its home network.

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