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HBO renews David Simon's 'The Deuce' for Season 2

HBO announced Tuesday that it is picking up David Simon’s drama series “The Deuce” for a second season.

The eight-episode first season premiered Sept. 10 on the premium channel. The series looks at the rise of the porn industry in Times Square in the 1970s, and stars James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal. It was created by Simon, the Baltimore writer behind shows such as “The Wire,” and George Pelecanos.

“We are thrilled to continue our collaboration with master storytellers David Simon and George Pelecanos,” Casey Bloys, president of HBO programming, said in a statement.

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

You can read a review of “The Deuce” Season 1 here.

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