Season 2 of HBO’s The Deuce is gearing up for an early September premiere, and the drama, set against the backdrop of New York’s ’70s porn and sex industries, has finally delivered a full trailer. Co-created by George Pelecanos and David Simon, the series made waves last year on the premium cablercthanks in part to the pedigree of the talent behind the camera (it’s always a big deal when the creator of The Wire has a new show) as well as those in front of it. Sporting a cast that includes Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Carr (Downton Abbey), Mustafa Shakir (Luke Cage), Emily Meade (The Leftovers), Chris Bauer (True Blood), and James Franco in a dual role, the series didn't disappoint on either side.
By jumping ahead five years, The Deuce season 2 will bring plenty of changes to its impressive ensemble, while also exploring how the business of sex has evolved in the “Golden Age of Porn.” Front and center in that discussion is Gyllenhaal’s Candy, who made the transition from performer to director at the end of last season. Meanwhile, twin brothers Vincent and Frankie Martino (Franco) have to contend with changes to their own mob-fronted businesses as NYC’s vice squad attempts a city-wide crackdown on the red light district.
The full trailer comes just two weeks after a short teaser hinted at the time jump and the show’s efforts to illustrate how the characters’ lives had and hadn’t changed. This time, there’s a little more information to go on, as in the case with Meade’s Lori, who is seemingly looking to get out of her current predicament, despite her newfound stardom. Similarly, it looks as though Vincent and Abby (Margarita Levieva) are still together after all these years, which is a surprising development indeed.
With all these changes to look forward to as the show moves into the late ‘70s, The Deuce season 2 looks as though it plans to dig deeper into the seedier side of things, with a greater emphasis on the criminal element operating throughout so much of the sex industry. Perhaps that means more screen time for The Sopranos’ Michael Rispoli as gangster Rudy Pipilo, as well as Ralph Macchio’s Officer Haddix.
Though it was widely praised by critics everywhere, The Deuce somehow missed out on Emmy nominations this year. With any luck, season 2 won’t miss out when the noms start rolling in.
The Deuce season 2 premieres Sunday, September 9 on HBO.