The Deuce Season 2 premiere date will be on Sunday, September 9th. HBO picked up the hit series for a second season shortly after the first season started. Since then, it's become one of the most critically acclaimed shows on the network. The Deuce stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Franco, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Emily Meade, Margarita Levieva, Chris Bauer, and Lawrence Gilliard Jr. in New York during the 1970s with the sex industry as the backdrop.
The Deuce chronicles the rise of the porn culture in New York City from its infancy in the early 1970s to the mid 1980s and beyond. The show is titled after the local slang for New York's fabled 42nd Street, which is between 6th and 8th Avenues, where pornography, prostitution, and drug use ran rampant at the start of a rough decade for New York. It got so bad that the city sent out pamphlets to residents and visitors to not be on the street after 6 PM. This is where the show takes its real-life inspiration.
The Deuce was created by George Pelecanos and David Simon, who previously collaborated on the iconic HBO series The Wire as well as Treme. While the first season dealt with the beginning of the porn industry in New York during the early 1970s, Season 2 will fast forward to 1978 in the days of disco and punk rock. The latest tweet from HBO to promote the series features a photo of Maggie Gyllenhaal's Candy character looking like she just stepped out of Studio 54, strutting down the street in slightly more glamorous look than the previous season of the show.
The idea for The Deuce originated when Marc Henry Johnson, an assistant locations manager on Treme, introduced David Simon and George Pelecanos to a man in New York who told them wild and detailed accounts from his time as a mob front for bars and massage parlors in 1970s Manhattan. According to Pelecanos, the characters were so vivid from the man, that some of it had to be fake, but they took it anyway and mixed it in with fiction. While some of the show might be based on actual events, there's no way of really knowing for sure. This leads a certain mystique to the series.
The Deuce is all set to return in September and will have a lot to live up to in terms of first episode ratings. The very first episode of the series was watched over 2.2 million times through on demand streaming as well as live viewership in less than a month. Maggie Gyllenhaal's Candy seems to be on the upswing while James Franco's Martino brothers look to be getting even deeper into trouble with the mob and will more than likely find ties to the sex industry. You can check out the new picture from The Deuce along with the Season 2 announcement below, provided by the HBO Twitter account.