After just two episodes, HBO has already decided to renew The Deuce for a second season.
Created by David Simon and George Pelacanos and launched on September 10, the series tells the story of the birth of the porn industry in 1970s New York with James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal in the starring roles.
Already getting rave reviews, HBO programming president Casey Bloys is keen to keep the show going. He says:
"We are thrilled to continue our creative collaboration with master storytellers David Simon and George Pelecanos. 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."
Fifteen years on from The Wire's debut, David Simon also seems pleased with how his new project is going. He says:
"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 it told, or worse, would have told it for the wrong reasons. HBO is a serious outfit. And they don’t scare."
Following last year's lacklustre autumn TV season, which saw Terence Winter's Vinyl cancelled after just one season, it seems HBO has got its mojo back.
You can catch The Deuce every Sunday on HBO.