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Boardwalk Empire is an American television series from premium cable channel HBO , set in Atlantic City, New Jersey during the Prohibition era . It stars Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson . The show was adapted by Emmy Award -winning screenwriter and producer Terence Winter (of The Sopranos [ 2 ] ) from a book about historical criminal kingpin Enoch L. Johnson by Nelson Johnson, titled Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City . [ 3 ] The pilot episode , directed by Martin Scorsese , was produced at a cost of $18 million. [ 4 ] On September 1, 2009, HBO picked up the series for an additional 11 episodes . [ 5 ] The series premièred on September 19, 2010. [ 6 ] The series was renewed for a third season, [ 7 ] which premièred on September 16, 2012. [ 8 ] On October 2, 2012, HBO announced that the series was renewed for a fourth season. [ 9 ]