HBO just released details on the upcoming October 2017 episodes of their new dramatic series, The Deuce. The series’ first season run will conclude on October 28th with episode eight. Fortunately for viewers who are already hooked, HBO recently announced The Deuce will return for a second season, granting the show an early renewal order just two episodes into season one.
Created by David Simon and George Pelecanos, season one stars James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Carr, Margarita Levieva, Lawrence Gilliard, Jr, Dominique Fishback, Emily Meade, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Chris Bauer, Chris Coy, Natalie Paul, and Michael Rispoli.
The Plot: The show chronicles the rise of the porn culture in New York from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s, exploring 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. It follows a cast of barkeeps, prostitutes, pimps, police and nightlife denizens as they swirl through a world of sex, crime, high times and violence, and the porn business begins its climb from Mafia-backed massage parlors and film labs to legitimacy and cultural permanence.
The Deuce October 2017 Episodes:
Episode #4: “I See Money”
Debut date: SUNDAY, OCT. 1 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Rudy (Michael Rispoli) dangles a lucrative offer in front of Vincent (James Franco). Longo (Daniel Sauli) uses strong-arm tactics to restore order among Bobby’s (Chris Bauer) unhappy construction workers. Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal) attracts unwanted attention and is intrigued by a legitimate suitor. Paul (Chris Coy) questions his place at the Hi-Hat; Frankie (James Franco) hits a hot streak; Darlene (Dominique Fishback) gets a gift from Abby (Margarita Levieva); Alston (Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.) sees through Sandra (Natalie Paul). Bristling after a police shakedown, Vincent adds muscle in the person of Black Frankie (Thaddeus Street), a Vietnam War vet.
Story by George Pelecanos and Lisa Lutz; teleplay by Lisa Lutz; directed by Alex Hall.
Episode #5: “What Kind of Bad?”
Debut date: SUNDAY, OCT. 8 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Looking for a way out of his construction gig, Bobby (Chris Bauer) tries to change Vincent’s (James Franco) mind about Rudy’s (Michael Rispoli) offer. Darlene (Dominique Fishback) returns from a trip home with a new girl, disappointing Abby (Margarita Levieva). Roughed up by a john, Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal) contemplates a change of careers. After getting busted, Paul (Chris Coy) explores the underbelly, and the exhilaration, of gay life in the city. With an assist from Alston (Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.), Sandra (Natalie Paul) scores a key interview with a pimp.
Story by Richard Price; teleplay by Will Ralston & Chris Yakaitis; directed by Uta Briesewitz.
Episode #6: “Why Me?”
Debut date: SUNDAY, OCT. 15 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
An end-of-the-year crackdown by police in and around The Deuce sparks Vincent (James Franco) and Bobby (Chris Bauer). Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal) tries to persuade Harvey (David Krumholtz), her adult-film director, that she can do more than act. Rudy (Michael Rispoli) witnesses a pivotal lower-court ruling on obscenity, and enlists Frankie (James Franco) and Big Mike (Mustafa Shakir) to protect his interests in the peeps. Alston (Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.) tries to convince Sandra (Natalie Paul) that he’s not just a “source.”
Story by Richard Price and Marc Henry Johnson; teleplay by Marc Henry Johnson; directed by Roxann Dawson.
Episode #7: “Au Reservoir”
Debut date: SUNDAY, OCT. 22 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
With police pushing their business off the streets, C.C. (Gary Carr), Larry (Gbenga Akinnagbe), Rodney (Cliff Smith/Method Man) and other pimps worry about becoming obsolete. Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal) eyes a different job on Harvey’s (David Krumholtz) set as Lori (Emily Meade) struggles with the demands of porn acting. At her wit’s end, Ashley (Jamie Neumann) hangs out with Frankie (James Franco) and, later, washes up on Abby’s (Margarita Levieva) door. Bobby (Chris Bauer) is smitten with an employee while dealing with shakedowns, flare-ups and a medical emergency. Frankie is tasked by Rudy (Michael Rispoli) to turn a peep-show concept into reality. Alston (Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.) finds himself singled out by the 14th Precinct’s new captain, McDonagh (Ed Moran). Abby asks Vincent to be her escort at her family’s lavish party.
Story by David Simon and Megan Abbott; teleplay by Megan Abbott; directed by James Franco.
Episode #8: “My Name Is Ruby” (season finale)
Debut date: SUNDAY, OCT. 29 (9:00-10:15 p.m.)
Vincent (James Franco) balks at getting in deeper with Rudy (Michael Rispoli), as expansion fever hits Frankie (James Franco) and Bobby (Chris Bauer). Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal) gets a taste of directing, and enjoys the red-carpet perks of a major premiere. Alston (Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.) finds himself in limbo at his precinct. Abby (Margarita Levieva) changes up the Hi-Hat’s clientele; Sandra (Natalie Paul) faces editorial and legal hurdles; Barbara (Kayla Foster) and Thunder Thighs (Pernell Walker) connect with the wrong sort of clients; Vincent settles a score. C.C. (Gary Carr) encourages Ace (Clarke Peters), a former pimp, to get back in the game.
Written by David Simon & George Pelecanos; directed by Michelle MacLaren.