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OTRC: 'Boardwalk Empire' renewed for season 4 by HBO

Steve Buscemi appears in a scene from the third season of the HBO series 'Boardwalk Empire.' (HBO)

The cable network HBO has renewed its hit show "Boardwalk Empire" for a fourth season.

The news was announced on Tuesday, October 2, on the drama's official Facebook page.

"Boardwalk Empire" debuted in 2010 and stars Steve Buscemi as Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, a corrupt political leader and gangster in Atlantic City during the Prohibition era. Season 3 began airing on September 16.

More than 2.88 million people tuned into the premiere, which earned a 1.2 rating among adults between ages 18 and 49. The most recent episode on September 30 was watched by 2.35 million people and earned a 0.9 rating.

News about the show's renewal comes days after a "Sesame Street" parody of "Boardwalk Empire," dubbed "Birdwalk Empire" was posted online (watch it here or below).

"Boardwalk Empire" has won 12 Emmys and took home four this year. It was nominated for 12 awards this year, including the prize for Outstanding Drama Series. That Emmy went to Showtime's series "Homeland." (Check out a full list of 2012 Emmy Award winners)

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