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HBO renews Boardwalk Empire for a fourth season

Promising at least another season of people in tweed smashing things on each other's heads interrupted by the occasional topless showgirl, HBO has renewed Boardwalk Empire for a fourth year. The show has seen a slight ratings decline since last season, down to an average of 7.2 million viewers from its 8.6 million average in the wake of losing Michael Pitt and, of course, Dabney Coleman, whose devoted legion of "Cole-miners" that we'll just assume must exist have been sitting out the show in protest. Nevertheless, it's continued to be a solid winner come Emmys time, it's got loads of deserved critical adulation, and they already built all these sets.


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