For fans of Season One, like me, I’m sure you cannot wait for it. The teamwork of David Simon and George Pelecanos is always top notch. AT&T doesn’t have to worry about the quality of their work. If you are not familiar with the story it is not too late. The episode-episode season can be found on the streaming sites (HBOGo and HBONow) and it is more than likely at least that HBO2 or HBO Signature will marathon the first season leading into that 09.09 premiere.
Before the debut season was even concluded THE DEUCE got the green light for a sophomore season. “We are thrilled to continue our creative collaboration with master storytellers David Simon and George Pelecanos,” said Casey Bloys, HBO’s programming chief. “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.”
“Everyone involved with this project is genuinely grateful to HBO for the chance to take the narrative where it needs to go,” says Simon. “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.”
Titled after the local slang for New York’s fabled 42nd Street and starring James Franco THE DEUCE began its eight-episode season Sunday, Sept. 10. 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.
Among the early critical raves, the New Yorker hailed the series as “a clear-eyed portrait of a lost universe of Manhattan decadence, neither sentimental and glamorizing nor disapproving and didactic,” while the New York Times called THE DEUCE “relentlessly interesting” and the Wall Street Journal described it as a “smashing work all around.” Entertainment Weekly praised the show as “an absorbing, resonant chronicle,” and TIME said it is “a triumph, and, better yet, a pleasure.”
Even though misconduct allegations have swarmed around James Franco no such misconduct has been evident on the set of this drama so he is to appear in his dual roles as Frankie & Vincent Martino alongside Maggie Gyllenhaal as Eileen “Candy” Merrell, Gary Carr as C.C, Margarita Levieva as Abigail “Abby” Parker, Dominique Fishback as Darlene and many others eho play the denizens of ‘70’s seedy 42nd Street.
Get ready to return to THE DEUCE!