Following early critical raves, HBO has renewed drama series “The Deuce” or a second season.
The news was announced by Casey Bloys, president of HBO Programming and series creators George Pelecanos and David Simon, who previously collaborated on the HBO series “The Wire” and “Treme”, are said to be delighted.
“We are thrilled to continue our creative collaboration with master storytellers David Simon and George Pelecanos,” says Bloys.
“Their unique gift for immersing the audience in their dark and edgy worlds brings a brilliant verisimilitude unlike any other. With the remarkably talented Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Franco leading an exceptional cast, we look forward to delving deeper as this captivating story evolves.”
“Everyone involved with this project is genuinely grateful to HBO for the chance to take the narrative where it needs to go," Simon says. “We knew the theme and purpose of the story, but there are many people in the entertainment industry who might not have it told, or worse, would have told it for the wrong reasons. HBO is a serious outfit. And they don't scare.”
“Many thanks to HBO, our longtime partners, who’ve now given us the opportunity to continue to tell this compelling story,” adds Pelecanos. “We’re ready to get back to work with our amazing cast and crew.”
Named after the local slang for New York’s fabled 42nd Street, “The Deuce” began its eight-episode season on Monday, September 11. The series is available for streaming exclusively on HBO Go, with new episodes premiering same time as the US every Monday at 8am.
The show chronicles the rise of the porn culture in New York from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s, exploring the rough-and-tumble world of the sex trade from the moment when both a liberalising cultural revolution in American sexuality and new legal definitions of obscenity created a billion-dollar industry that is now an elemental component of the American cultural landscape.
It follows a cast of barkeepers, prostitutes, pimps, police and nightlife denizens as they swirl through a world of sex, crime, high times and violence, and the porn business begins its climb from Mafia-backed massage parlours and film labs to legitimacy and cultural permanence.
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