The series stars James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal as inhabitants of Times Square during its decadent heyday

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The Deuce is already ready for round two. HBO has renewed the drama, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Franco (playing a pair of twins) as inhabitants of Time Square during its decadent ’70s heyday, for a second season.

“Everyone involved with this project is genuinely grateful to HBO for the chance to take the narrative where it needs to go,” Simon said in a statement. “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.”

Deuce creators David Simon and George Pelecanos previously collaborated on HBO’s The Wire, a show that explored Baltimore’s drug trade. The pilot and season 1 finale of The Deuce were directed by Michelle MacLaren, who made her name directing some of the most memorable episodes of Breaking Bad.

In his A review for EW, Jeff Jensen described the new series as “a tapestry of interweaving arcs with sharply drawn characters — hookers, pimps, gangsters, cops, journalists — steeped in the changing sexual attitudes and mores of class, race, and gender.”

The Deuce is currently airing its first season. Catch new episodes Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.

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The Deuce

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