Here’s some bittersweet news, James Franco fans. HBO has renewed The Deuce TV show for a third and final season. The early renewal follows the season two premiere, which just aired last week. Reportedly, creators George Pelecanos and David Simon had always intended The Deuce as a three season series, and the renewal was issued after the episode-count was worked out.
An HBO 1970s period piece, The Deuce stars Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Carr, Gbenga Akinnagbe , Margarita Levieva, Dominique Fishback, Emily Meade, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Chris Bauer, Michael Rispoli, and Chris Coy. A fictional historical drama, inspired by real-life twins who would go on to operate business fronts for the Gambino family, The Deuce centers on the rise of modern-day pornography in 1970s New York City. Season two picks up five years later, in 1977, during the golden age of porn, with volatile Times Square at its most garish.
The Deuce: A Look at the Ratings
The second season of The Deuce is averaging a 0.16 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 621,000 viewers. Compared to season one, that’s down by 40% and 29%, respectively. Learn how The Deuce stacks up against the other HBO TV shows.
Although HBO has not yet issued a press release about The Deuce season three renewal, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed the third season pickup. Here’s more:
The news comes with little surprise. Since its premiere, Simon, Pelecanos and their cast have said that the series was intended for just three seasons. (The only sticky point with the critically-acclaimed series, however, is said to have been the episode count, which is clocking in at just eight per season.)
Each season is set in a slightly different time period for New York — with the first picking up in 1971, the second in 1977 and the third planned for the early 1980s, exploring, per HBO, “the rough-and-tumble world that existed there until the rise of HIV, the violence of the cocaine epidemic and the renewed real estate market all ended the bawdy turbulence.”
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