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Boardwalk Empire to end after fifth season

Boardwalk Empire

Story by Jack Foley

ACCLAIMED Prohibition-era drama Boardwalk Empire is to end after its upcoming fifth season.

HBO has decided to draw a close to the Steve Buscemi headlined ensemble while the show is on top. The announcement comes three months after the cable network renewed the show for a fifth outing.

HBO programming president Michael Lombardo said in a statement: “It has been an incredible honour to bring this powerful and groundbreaking series to our subscribers. Terry Winter has created one for the ages.”

Winter, currently garnering Oscar buzz for his work writing The Wolf of Wall Street, premiered Boardwalk Empire in 2010 with the help of producer Mark Wahlberg and executive producer Martin Scorsese, who also directed the pilot.

His relationship with HBO dates back to his time writing for The Sopranos.

Winter himself commented: “We’re thrilled to get the go-ahead for a fifth season of Boardwalk Empire. After much discussion with my creative team and HBO, we’ve decided to wrap up the series after such a great run and look forward to bringing it to a powerful and exciting conclusion.”

During its illustrious run, Boardwalk Empire has scored more award wins than any other scripted television programme, including an acting nod for supporting actor Bobby Cannavale.

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