HBO’s The Deuce will return this September for Season 2, HBO has confirmed.
Written by David Simon (The Wire), the period drama charts the rise of the porn industry in 1970s America, with Maggie Gyllenhaal starring as Eileen “Candy” Merrell, a sex worker who is drawn into the industry, alongside James Franco as twin brothers Vincent and Frankie Martino, who are fronts for the Mob in Times Square.
“The Deuce is a surprising and thoroughly riveting watch,” we wrote in our review of Season 1.
HBO was swift to renew the programme for a second season, even with Franco becoming the subject of accusations of inappropriate conduct by multiple women around the time from his personal life or other projects. He is conspicuously absent from the first image released by HBO of the show’s second run, but he as been confirmed as appearing in the sophomore season, which means that for now, Gyllenhaal can take a welcome turn in the spotlight.
“Gyllenhaal is superb in a daring and complex role, crafting a humanist drama streets ahead of most movies released in 2017,” we wrote in our review.
Season 2 will premiere on HBO at 9pm on 9th September. With the first season arriving on UK TV around a month later, it may not be until October that we see the show on Sky Atlantic, although that wait only means more time to catch up with Season 1. Find our where you can watch it online here – or read on to see HBO’s first look image of Season 2.
Trailer: The Deuce to premiere on UK TV this September
10th July 2018
David Simon’s new series, The Deuce, finally arrives on UK TV this September.
The HBO show, which is written by the creator of the Wire and George Pelecanos, stars James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Set in the 1970s and 80s, it’s the story of the rise of the porn industry in New York.
The interconnected web of narratives begins with the politically motivated effort to ‘clean up’ Times Square by driving the pimps and prostitutes off the street, forcing them indoors where mafia backed massage parlours and the gradual legalisation of porn would eventually create a billion dollar industry.
It’s in this rough and tumble world that we meet twin brothers Vincent and Frankie Martino (both played by James Franco). Vincent is a hard-working bartender with two kids, a wayward wife, and dreams of a better life, and Frankie is a freewheeling gambler with piling debts to the mob. As Vincent looks for a way to both improve his situation and pay off his brother’s debts, he crosses paths with workers in the New York sex trade, including industry veteran Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal), who is eyeing a new career in the burgeoning porno film business.
It’s an unlikely starting point for what is the dawn of a profitable, but dangerous and always controversial, new era.
The show premiered in the US on HBO in August, with critics hailing the show as exactly what you’d expect from the man who gave not only the wire but also Show Me a Hero. It premieres on Sky Atlantic on Tuesday 26th September at 9pm, with episodes then airing weekly on Tuesdays. Don’t have Sky? You can also stream it live and on-demand through NOW TV, as part of a £7.99 monthly subscription, with no contract.
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