Boardwalk Empire to end after five seasons

The award-winning 1920s crime drama, starring Steve Buscemi as Enoch "Nucky" Thompson and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, has been cancelled by HBO

Bad news, Boardwalk Empire fans. Your favourite drama’s days are numbered. The 1920s crime series, starring Steve Buscemi as Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, has been cancelled after five seasons, with its final episodes expected to air this Autumn. 


The HBO period drama began in 2010, created by Sopranos writer and executive producer Terence Winter with a slick pilot directed by none other than Martin Scorsese – his first venture into small screen work. But while it premiered with plenty of buzz, in recent years Boardwalk has been overshadowed by the likes of Homeland and Breaking Bad and HBO announced the show’s cancellation during its Television Critics Association press tour session yesterday. 

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

Winter added, “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.” 

The show, set in the early 20th century, is based on the real-life story of criminal Enoch L Johnson, Atlantic City’s corrupt political leader. Executive produced by Winter alongside Scorsese and Mark Wahlberg, over its four series it garnered multiple awards including one Golden Globe and 13 Emmy wins.

Scorsese has since recruited Winter to pen the script for The Wolf of Wall Street – his Oscar-tipped feature starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey.