HBO announced today that it has renewed it’s new drama “Boardwalk Empire” after just one episode. From Terrence Winter, a writer and producer of “The Sopranos,” the show is set in 1920’s Atlantic City, during the era of prohibition. The quick renewal comes on the heels of strong premiere ratings; the network announced 4.8 million watched the premiere, while 2.3 million tuned in for the encore. The more than 7 million viewers is a huge boon to the cable network which has approximately 30 million subscribers.

Showtime announced yesterday that it had renewed it’s Monday night comedies “Weeds” and “The Big C” for a seventh and second season, respectively. Both shows posted network records in August with their premieres.

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