'The Deuce' Gets Second-Season Pickup From HBO


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HBO says it has ordered a second season of its drama series, The Deuce, which is set in the sex industry of 1970s New York.

The renewal was announced Tuesday by Casey Bloys, the cable network's president of programming.

"We are thrilled to continue our creative collaboration with master storytellers David Simon and George Pelecanos," Bloys said in a statement. "Their unique gift for immersing the audience in their dark and edgy worlds brings a brilliant verisimilitude unlike any other. With the remarkably talented Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Franco leading an exceptional cast, we look forward to delving deeper as this captivating story evolves."

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"Everyone involved with this project is genuinely grateful to HBO for the chance to take the narrative where it needs to go," Simon added. "We knew the theme and purpose of the story, but there are many people in the entertainment industry who might not have it told, or worse, would have told it for the wrong reasons. HBO is a serious outfit. And they don't scare."

"Many thanks to HBO, our longtime partners, who've now given us the opportunity to continue to tell this compelling story," Pelecanos said. "We're ready to get back to work with our amazing cast and crew."

Pelecanos and Simon previously collaborated on HBO's The Wire and Treme.

By Karen Butler

Originally published in UPI Entertainment News.