The fifth and final season of the Prohibition-era drama will run for eight episodes and will jump ahead to 1931 to find the characters in the depths of the Great Depression as Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) recalls his Atlantic City roots and plots for a post-Prohibition future. The first four seasons took place during the 1920s.
"Boardwalk Empire" just received seven Emmy nominations for Season 4, including directing, sound editing, and costume design nods. Bobby Cannavale took home an award in the Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category for his one-season role as Gyp Rosetti during last year's ceremony.
The premiere date and details on the new season were revealed by HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo during the premium cable network's Television Critics Association panel where it was also announced that the comedy "The Comeback" will return for a six-episode limited run in November, according to Indie Wire. The series from Michael Patrick King ("Sex and the City") ran for one season in 2005 and starred Lisa Kudrow as fading TV star Valerie Cherish.
"It was almost too fun to play Valerie Cherish the first time around," Kudrow said in a statement. "I look forward to revisiting this resilient and ironically self-unaware character."
An exact air date for the new batch of episodes will be announced at a later time along with the premiere date for Season 2 of "Getting On," which is also slated to debut in November. The dark comedy stars Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein and Niecy Nash as nurses working in the women’s extended-care facility of a Long Beach hospital.
"Boardwalk Empire" Season 5 premieres Sunday, Sept. 7 at 10/9 p.m. CT on HBO.