HBO Renews David Simon’s ‘The Deuce’ for Third and Final Season

James Franco-led drama about the birth of the porn industry returned for its second season Sept. 9

James Franco The Deuce

HBO has renewed its David Simon-helmed drama, “The Deuce” for a third and final season.

Starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Deuce” 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 that existed there until the rise of HIV, the violence of the cocaine epidemic and the renewed real estate market all ended the bawdy turbulence.

The second season of the drama premiered on Sept. 9.

“The Deuce” is from Simon and co-creator George Pelecanos. Franco, Nina Noble and Richard Price are executive producers, with Gyllenhaal and Marc Henry Johnson as producers.

Simon, who also created HBO’s “The Wire” and “Treme” has a habit of wrapping up his series quickly. “The Wire” ran for five seasons, with the fifth getting a shorter run, while the New Orleans-based “Treme” had just 36 episodes over four seasons.

On Twitter, Simon thanked HBO for “the third and final season renewal and the chance for #thedeuce to tell its full story.”