HBO has unveiled the first official teaser for the upcoming drama series The Deuce, which follows the story of the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York’s Times Square from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s, exploring the rough-and-tumble world at the pioneering moments of what would become the billion-dollar American sex industry.
Yeah, that’s one hell of a plot synopsis. Porn + HBO + stars James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal + co-creator David Simon (the genius behind The Wire)…Yeah, we’re 100% down with this. Check out the teaser below.
HBO is in a slight state of flux at the moment. Flagship series Game of Thrones has just 13 episodes left in its entire run (though spinoffs are on the horizon), Westworld won’t be returning until 2018, the fate of True Detective is still up in the air. The network needs a steady stream of smaller-scale hits to keep up its prestige image and keep the subscription dollars rolling in. Otherwise, you can kiss event programming like “Battle of the Bastards” or “Bicameral Mind” goodbye.
Will The Deuce serve as another solid base hit for HBO? The teaser doesn’t give much away, but it does suggest a vibrant and go-go picture of New York City in the 70s and 80s. And knowing Simon, you can bet the setting will become a main character in and of itself. Color us intrigued for this one.
The eight-episode season will debut on Sunday, September 10 at 9:00 P.M. ET.