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HBO renews "Boardwalk Empire" for second season

Nearly 5 million people watched the very first telecast of the very first episode of HBO's Martin Scorsese exec-produced period mob drama "Boardwalk Empire" -- the pay cable net's largest premiere crowd since "Deadwood" was unveiled right after an episode of "The Sopranos" more than six years ago.

HBO wasted no time announcing it had picked up a second season the series, which stars the unlikely Steve Buscemi as the lead heavy, operating in Atlantic City at the dawn of Prohibition, when the sale of alcohol became illegal throughout the United States.

HBO re-ran the premiere episode at 10:15 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Sunday night and the show cumed more than 7 million viewers.

Here's a preview of episode 2, airing this Sunday:

More "Boardwalk Empire":

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By Lisa de Moraes  | September 21, 2010; 12:25 PM ET
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