‘Boardwalk Empire’ season 3 scores mid-September premiere

Thankfully, HBO fans are not going to be forced into waiting long following the end of “True Blood” season 5 for their next big series to start up — season 3 of their hit drama “Boardwalk Empire.”

The network announced on Monday that you can expect to see Steve Buscemi’s character of Nucky back in action — though sadly this time without Michael Pitt — beginning on Sunday, September 16 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time. One week later, the third season of “Treme” — which runs two episodes shorter than the 12 handed to “Boardwalk Empire” — will premiere at 10:00 p.m. Eastern. This two shows will run close to the end of the year, and will likely be the last original series on Sunday nights that the network rolls out until 2013.

While the prohibition-era drama has been a critical favorite since its very beginning, this year for whatever reason it has faded to the background in terms of Emmy consideration. While both Buscemi and Pitt could receive some love for individual acting awards, the series as a whole is a longshot to get a nomination, let alone to win. Just this time last year, it was viewed as a possible threat to the reign of “Mad Men” — which still ended up winning its fourth straight trophy and tying a record for drama series.

HBO has been running teasers for the series for several months now — and in the event that you have not seen one yet, you can check it out below. Be warned, though, the clip contains strong language and is not suitable for all audiences.

Have you missed this show on the air, and do you have any explanation as to why it may have faded some in terms of Emmy buzz for season 2?

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