'Boardwalk Empire' Season 3 Premiere Date Announced

It might not be present at Comic-Con like its HBO siblings "Game of Thrones" and "True Blood," but "Boardwalk Empire" is still giving us reason to celebrate. HBO has announced that the third season of the Steve Buscemi-starring TV series will return to the network on September 16.

The press release issued by HBO promises that season three will continue chronicling "the life and times of 'Nucky' Thompson, the undisputed leader of Atlantic City" in 12 new episodes. But just how tenuous will Nucky's undisputed reign be this season? After the death of a certain character at the end of season two, it will be interesting to see where season three picks up.

"Boardwalk Empire" will start up the week after "True Blood" airs its finale, returning to its usual time slot of 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. HBO confirmed that the season's cast will include Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, Jack Huston, Stephen Graham, Michael Stuhlbarg, Vincent Piazza, Paul Sparks, Michael Kenneth Williams, Gretchen Mol and Bobby Cannavale.

We understand that Martin Scorsese is busy filming "The Wolf of Wall Street," but we would love nothing more than to see him return behind the camera on "Boardwalk Empire." He's served as executive producer (alongside Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and Tim Van Patten) for all of "Boardwalk's" 19 episodes, but he only directed its pilot. As the series continues to get better and better, we'd love to see him lend his Oscar-winning directing talents to the show once again.

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