“We are thrilled to continue our creative collaboration with master storytellers David Simon and George Pelecanos,” creators of “The Deuce,” HBO Programming president Casey Bloys says in a statement. “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.”
The renewal comes after the show’s second episode pulled ratings on par with the pilot. It delivered 839,000 viewers and a 0.3 rating Sunday night, up slightly from 830,000 and 0.2 for its premiere the week before. When all platforms including HBO GO are factored in, the number of eyeballs for the premiere rises to 2.2 million viewers.
The eight-episode drama tells the story of the legalization and ensuing rise of the porn industry in New York beginning in the 1970s. Themes explored include the rise of HIV, the violence of the drug epidemic and the resulting real estate booms and busts that coincided with the change.
James Franco plays twin brothers, Vincent and Frankie Martino, who become fronts for the Mob while operating out of Times Square. Maggie Gyllenhaal stars as Eileen “Candy” Merrell, a Times Square sex worker with an entrepreneurial spirit who is drawn into the emerging pornography industry.
The Deuce airs Sundays on the network. Check out the Season 1 trailer below.