HBO: Next season marks end of the road for ‘Boardwalk,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ returns in April

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HBO will put a cork in its Prohibition Era drama “Boardwalk Empire” after the fifth season, airing this fall.

The premium cable net president of programming Michael Lombardo announced the news Thursday.

“We’re thrilled to get the go-ahead for a fifth season of ‘Boardwalk Empire,’” creator Terry Winter (“The Sopranos”) said in a written statement. “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 critically-lauded series about Atlantic City boss Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (Steve Buscemi) recently wrapped up what many considered to be its strongest season yet.

Sophie Turner on “Game of Thrones,” returning for a fourth season April 6. (Photo courtesy HBO)

HBO also announced return dates for its popular fantasty series “Game of Thrones.” What’s left of the cast (I’m still having nightmares about “The Rains of Castamere”) will be back for a fourth season starting April 6. The first official trailer for season four will air immediately before Sunday’s 8 p.m. (Central) launch of HBO’s fantastic new eight-episode cop drama “True Detective,” starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. Don’t miss it. Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Emmy-winning political satire “Veep” launches its third season the same night as “Game of Thrones.”

Also that evening, the new half-hour comedy “Silicon Valley” will bow. Says HBO: “Mike Judge (“Office Space,” “King of the Hill”) brings his irreverent brand of humor to HBO in this new comedy series, which looks at the modern-day epicenter of the high-tech gold rush, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success.” Cast members include Thomas Middleditch, TJ Miller, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Josh Brener, Christopher Evan Welch and Amanda Crew.

The news magazine show “Vice” returns for its second season March 14. The weekly series is co-executive produced by Bill Maher, with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria serving as consultant.

— Lori Rackl, TV Critic

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