treme season 3 date 'Boardwalk Empire' and 'Treme' get premiere dates; TCM sets Ernest Borgnine tributeNews and notes from the world of television, served up in bite-sized form, including items on the coming season of “Spartacus” and Syfy’s “Total Blackout.”

– HBO has scheduled premiere dates for the third seasons of “Boardwalk Empire” and “Treme.” “Empire” will debut at 9 p.m. ET Sunday, Sept. 16, and “Treme” will follow at 10 p.m. Sept. 23. [HBO]

– Syfy has picked up 16 more episodes of its goofy/fun competition “Total Blackout.” The show, Syfy’s highest-rated new series of 2012, will return for a second season on Nov. 13, and Jaleel White will be back as host. [Syfy]

– TCM will pay tribute to the late Ernest Borgnine with a 24-hour marathon of his films on July 26. The lineup includes his Oscar-winning performance in “Marty” along with “From Here to Eternity,” “The Dirty Dozen” and an hour-long “Private Screenings” interview with TCM host Robert Osborne. [TCM]

– ABC has ordered up a cooking competition show called “The Taste,” to be hosted by Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson. The series will pit teams of professional and amateur cooks in a series of contests to turn out the best dishes. No word on when it will premiere. [Deadline]

“Spartacus: War of the Damned” has begun production in New Zealand. Hit “play” below to see some behind-the-scenes footage and hear the cast and crew talk about where it’s going. [Starz]

Posted by:Rick Porter