11:03am PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
'The Deuce' Renewed for Season 2 at HBO
HBO is doubling down on The Deuce.
On the heels of its Sept. 10 debut, the premium cable network has renewed the 1970s-set drama from The Wire and Treme collaborators George Pelecanos and David Simon for a second season. The series, which stars James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, explores the rise of the porn industry in New York.
The Deuce debuted to early critical raves, with The Hollywood Reporter calling the first season "substantive, provocative and entertaining." The show also fared well in the ratings, drawing 2.2 million viewers across all HBO platforms. That number put The Deuce on par with last year's launch of The Night Of, whose lead actor, Riz Ahmed, won an Emmy on Sunday night for his performance. HBO, for its part, took home the most wins of any network at the awards show with 29 trophies.
“We are thrilled to continue our creative collaboration with master storytellers David Simon and George Pelecanos,” HBO programming president Casey Bloys said Tuesday 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.”
Said Simon: “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.”
Added Pelecanos: “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.”