Just two episodes in and HBO has greenlit 1970s New York-based period piece “The Deuce” for a second season. Created by George Pelecanos and David Simon and starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, the show chronicles the rise of the porn culture in New York from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s. Titled after the local slang for the city’s fabled 42nd Street, “The Deuce” explores 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.
The show’s title is derived from the nickname for 42nd Street between Seventh Avenue and Eighth Avenue. The number of new episodes ordered was not confirmed, but there are eight in season one.