HBO has released the first The Deuce Season 2 trailer, offering a look at the significantly changed world of this David Simon series. While the show’s focus is on how Times Square evolved during the 1970s with the advent of the porn industry, the show’s first season took place between 1971 and 1972, when porn was just getting off the ground. Season 2, however, jumps ahead to 1977, and we pick up with the same characters and location five years after the events of the first season.
Simon and co-creator George Pelecanos—both of whom spearheaded The Wire—have said that each season of the show will involve a time jump, so they can chronicle a new era each time around. If Season 1 was the humble beginnings of this industry, it looks as though Season 2 will be “the Golden years,” which would likely mean Season 3 would bring us into the downfall of those involved.
Right off the bat it’s notable that James Franco’s twin brothers this season will be distinguished by very different hairstyles, and indeed the wig game for The Deuce Season 2 appears to be strong.
Season 2 consists of nine episodes in total, one more than the first season, and directors include Alex Hall (Treme), Steph Green (The Americans), and Susanna White (Parade’s End), among others. Notably, all but one of the directors for The Deuce Season 2 are women.
Check out The Deuce Season 2 trailer below. The series also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Carr, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Margarita Levieva, Dominique Fishback, Emily Meade, Lawrence Gillard, Jr., Chris Bauer, Michael Rispoli, Chris Coy, and Luke Kirby. The series returns on HBO on September 9th.
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 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.