The network announced today that the Terence Winter-created "Boardwalk Empire" will kick off its 12-episode third season on Sunday, September 16th at 9pm, with Steve Buscemi returning as Nucky Thompson, and Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, Jack Huston, Stephen Graham, Michael Stuhlbarg, Vincent Piazza, Paul Sparks, Michael Kenneth Williams, Gretchen Mol and Bobby Cannavale filling out the cast. (Michael Pitt will, natch, not be returning.)
"Treme" is getting a ten-episode season starting Sunday, September 23rd at 10pm. The David Simon-created New Orleans ensemble piece will reunite Wendell Pierce, Khandi Alexander, Clarke Peters, Rob Brown, Steve Zahn, Kim Dickens, Melissa Leo, Michiel Huisman, Lucia Micarelli, Jon Seda, David Morse and India Ennenga.
While what topics or timeframe the new season will tackle has yet to be announced, episode director Anthony Hemingway allegedly told Moviefone back in January that the "It's getting more into dealing with the crime of the city. It's really showing that when no one cares, you have to step up and do it on your own... It's parallel with what's going on in the world today, with Occupy Wall Street and being in the 99 precent. It's along the lines of where we are right now actually." That quote, however, seems to have since been deleted from the original interview.