AceShowbiz - "The Deuce" only needs several days after its series premiere to get a second season renewal. HBO has announced that it has ordered a sophomore season for the porn drama starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
"We are thrilled to continue our creative collaboration with master storytellers David Simon and George Pelecanos," HBO programming president Casey Bloys said in a statement on Tuesday, September 19. "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."
Simon said, "Everyone involved with this project is genuinely grateful to HBO for the chance to take the narrative where it needs to go. 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. We're ready to get back to work with our amazing cast and crew," Pelecanos added.
Created by Simon and Pelacanos, "The Deuce" premiered on the premium service on September 10. The series is set in the 1970s New York and explores the rise of the porn industry. Gyllenhaal portrays a prostitute named Candy, while Franco takes on a double role of Vincent and Frankie Martino.
"The Deuce" debuted to early critical raves and drew 2.2 million viewers across all HBO platforms. The series airs on Sundays at 9 P.M. on HBO.