HBO announced today that The Deuce Season 3 will wrap up the series. The nine-episode second season premiered on September 9. Created by George Pelecanos and David Simon, the series chronicles the rise of pornography and the multibillion-dollar industry’s transformation of American culture.
Resuming five years after the culmination of the first season, The Deuce Season 2 returns to the world of 1977, capturing the Times Square area of midtown New York at its most garish and volatile.
The Deuce Season 2 is executive produced by Pelecanos, Simon, Nina K. Noble and James Franco. The drama stars James Franco (Golden Globe winner for The Disaster Artist) as both Vincent Martino, a successful manager of several mob-backed nightspots, and his twin brother, Frankie Martino, whose own business ventures are more fraught, and Maggie Gyllenhaal (Oscar nominee for Crazy Heart and Golden Globe nominee for season one of The Deuce) as Candy, now a rising director of ambitious porn films.
The returning cast also includes Gary Carr (Downton Abbey) as C.C. and Gbenga Akinnagbe (HBO’s The Wire) as Larry Brown, both Eighth Avenue pimps coping with the changing realities of the sex trade; Margarita Levieva (Revenge) as Abigail “Abby” Parker, who brings her artistic and political sensibilities to the Hi-Hat bar while navigating life with Vincent; Dominique Fishback (HBO’s Show Me a Hero) as Darlene and Emily Meade (HBO’s The Leftovers) as Lori, prostitutes who gain some measure of independence as their film careers rise; Lawrence Gilliard, Jr. (HBO’s The Wire) as NYPD detective Chris Alston; Chris Bauer (HBO’s The Wire) as massage parlor manager and Martino brother-in-law Bobby Dwyer; Michael Rispoli (HBO’s The Sopranos) as Mafia capo Rudy Pipilo; and Chris Coy (Cinemax’s Banshee) as nightclub proprietor Paul Hendrickson.
The Deuce Season 2 finds Luke Kirby (Rectify) joining the cast as a series regular as Gene Goldman, an incoming Koch administration official bent on reform, and Jamie Neumann (The Looming Tower) joining the cast as Ashley, a former sex worker turned activist. Guests include Zoe Kazan (The Big Sick), Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid), Mustafa Shakir (Marvel’s Luke Cage), David Krumholtz (Living Biblically), Don Harvey (HBO’s The Night Of), Cliff “Method Man” Smith (8 Mile), Daniel Sauli (House of Cards) and Sepidah Moafi (Falling Water).
We’re always conjuring the last scene before we write the first. So much the better when we work for people who allow us to consistently plan, arc and execute as intended. Thanks, @HBO, for the third and final season renewal and the chance for #thedeuce to tell its full story. pic.twitter.com/B1cOuady1X
— David Simon (@AoDespair) September 20, 2018