HBO’s set a September 9, 2018 premiere date for the second season of the dramatic series, The Deuce. Season two will air on Sundays at 9pm ET/PT and will pick up the action five years after the first season’s finale.
According to the network, season two will consist of nine episodes.
The Deuce was created by The Wire and Treme‘s George Pelecanos and David Simon. The cast is led by James Franco (The Disaster Artist) as twins Vincent and Frankie Martino. Franco also serves as an executive producer along with Pelecans, Simon, and Nina K. Noble.
Returning season two cast members include Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Carr (Downton Abbey), Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Wire), Margarita Levieva (Revenge), Dominique Fishback (Show Me a Hero), Emily Meade (The Leftovers), Lawrence Gilliard, Jr. (The Wire), Chris Bauer (The Wire), Michael Rispoli (The Sopranos), and Chris Coy (Banshee).
Joining the series for the show’s second season are Luke Kirby (Rectify) and Jamie Neumann (The Looming Tower). The guest cast includes Zoe Kazan (The Big Sick), Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid), Mustafa Shakir (Marvel’s Luke Cage), David Krumholtz (Living Biblically), Don Harvey (The Night Of), Cliff “Method Man” Smith (8 Mile), Daniel Sauli (House of Cards) and Sepidah Moafi (Falling Water).
“This is the moment when it genuinely seemed for the first time that hardcore pornography was going to become mainstreamed into American culture and pysche,” says David Simon. “And in a very real sense that would happen to a profound degree, though not in the ways that our protagonists once imagined.”
The Season 2 Plot: Amid a city that is as culturally dynamic as it is dystopic, the show finds its protagonists living at the apex of the Golden Age of Porn, when the dream of a mainstream X-rated film business is a suddenly a credible reality, and the culture of pornography and its blatant commodification of sex is finding increasing traction among more and more Americans.
Disco and punk are in full swing, and police corruption and political tolerance for New York’s midtown demimonde is at its height. And the Mafia, the early backer of pornography at the moment when courts declared for its legality, is now seemingly poised to reap great profits. A comparable – and, in some ways, more professional – porn industry is rising on the West Coast as well. But for now, New York is holding its own in a city flush with movies, music and art, as the drug-fueled party rages around the clock.