Despite having only just premiered on September 10 (which is why you’ve never heard of it), porn drama The Deuce has already been given the green light for a second season. Created by George Pelecanos and David Simon, the series stars James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal as New Yorkers tangled in the rising porn and prostitution culture off the ’70s and ’80s.
Head of HBO programming, Casey Bloys, commented:
“We are thrilled to continue our creative collaboration with master storytellers David Simon and George Pelecanos. 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.”
David Simon made sure to express his gratitude “to HBO for the chance to take the narrative where it needs to go,” commenting on the sensitivity and mature handling of a sensitive topic in the entertainment industry. Pelecanos added to his thanks, expressing excitement to “get back to work with our amazing cast and crew.”
The actual order for the second season isn’t very clear, so perhaps the series will continue in eight episode segments. Franco directed two episodes of the first season and served as executive producer throughout, so is likely to enjoy a commanding role in the upcoming season too.
In the meantime, there are still six episodes yet to air of The Deuce’s premiere season. Catch the show on HBO.