HBO’s The Deuce renewed for third and final season
The Hollywood Reporter has word that HBO’s 70s-set porn drama The Deuce has been greenlit a third season on HBO, which will be the last one for the series. Co-creator David Simon (The Wire, The Corner) has previously stated they intended for the show to only run for three seasons, each one set during a different time period in New York City. Simon reiterated the sentiment yesterday on Twitter.
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 liberalizing 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 barkeeps, 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 parlors and film labs to legitimacy and cultural permanence.
The Deuce is titled after the local slang for New York’s fabled 42nd Street and stars Oscar nominees James Franco (127 Hours) and Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart).
The series was created by George Pelecanos and David Simon, who previously collaborated on the HBO series The Wire and Treme. It is executive produced by George Pelecanos, David Simon, Nina Kostroff Noble and James Franco; the pilot was executive produced by Michelle MacLaren, who also directed the pilot and final episode of the first season.
The Deuce season two currently airs Sunday nights on HBO.