HBO Renews <i>Boardwalk Empire</i> As <i>Sesame Street</i> Debuts Parody

Boardwalk Empire has been renewed for a fourth season less than a month after Season 3 debuted on HBO.

It isn't clear how many episodes the fourth season will have, but we'll likely learn that number soon. At least we know Nucky Thompson will live to see another year, although we can't say the same for any of the other characters.

Boardwalk Empire is coming off a good year already, having recently received four Emmy Awards: Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series, Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series and Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role. This year's season debuted to 7.2 million viewers.

"Terry Winter, Martin Scorsese and the rest of their outstanding team continue to produce a stunning show that never fails to surprise and entertain," Michael Lombardo, HBO's president of programming, said in a statement. "We are excited to bring this unique series back for a fourth season."

We know of at least one group of people who are excited about this news: the folks at Sesame Street. The children's program revealed a parody of the series that is equal parts hilarious and spot-on. Maybe PBS has something with "Birdwalk Empire," but we're not sure how Steve Buscemi must feel about being compared with Nucky Ducky Thompson.

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