September 20, 2018

HBO announced today that The Deuce will be coming to an end. The cable network has renewed the drama for a third season, to air next year, that will conclude its story line. The news was somewhat expected, given that co-creators George Pelecanos and David Simon have always said they expected it to go three seasons.

The series premiered in 2017, earning critical acclaim for its storytelling and colorful characters portrayed by its ensemble cast, which includes Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Franco. Currently two episodes into its sophomore run, the show looks to be picking up where it left off, with early reviews offering more of the same praise.

Titled after the slang used by locals for New York's fabled 42nd Street, The Deuce is set in and around Times Square and follows the legalization and subsequent rise of the adult film industry beginning in the early 1970s. With HIV and drug-related violence on the rise, two twin brothers start working for the Mob while operating out of Times Square, which is also home to a sex worker who starts working in the emerging porn industry.