HBO’s ‘The Deuce’ Final Season Trailer: Welcome to 1985, and Porn on VHS (Video)

It’s time for the NYPD — and series creator David Simon — to clean up Times Square

Last Updated: August 29, 2019 @ 1:19 PM

HBO released the trailer for its eight-episode third and final season of David Simon’s porn drama, “The Deuce” on Thursday.

Welcome to 1985. Here’s what’s going down this decade:

Season 3 of “The Deuce” brings us into the world of 1985, just as VHS overtakes film as the primary medium for porn production and distribution. The lure of the California sunshine, the city’s aggressive takeover of commercial sex properties in Times Square and the devastating impact of the AIDS epidemic mark the end of an era. With the party of the 1970s winding down, 42nd Street has deteriorated into a hive of uncontrolled violent crime and seedy video stores, making urban renewal seem more unlikely than ever before. Following the interconnected lives of Times Square’s barkeeps, prostitutes, pimps, police, mobsters, porn actors and producers, the eight-episode third season of “The Deuce” brings the series’ arc to a dramatic conclusion.

Watch the Season 3 trailer via the video above.

“The Deuce” stars James Franco as both Vincent Martino — who, in Season 3, finds himself tired, wary and in search of a way out — and his twin, Frankie Martino, a seemingly changed man, who is married with children and who continues to flirt with self-destruction. Maggie Gyllenhaal co-stars as Candy, a director struggling to maintain her artistic integrity in an industry that is quickly devolving.

The returning cast also includes Margarita Levieva, Emily Meade, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Chris Bauer, Chris Coy, Michael Rispoli, David Krumholtz, Daniel Sauli, Olivia Luccardi and Sepideh Moafi. Corey Stoll, Michael Gandolfini and Ralph Macchio are counted among the Season 3 guest stars.

Simon and his co-creator George Pelecanos, as well as Carl Capotorto, Iturri Sosa, Will Ralston, Chris Yakaitis and Stephani DeLuca, wrote Season 3. Franco, Alex Hall, Susanna White, Tanya Hamilton and Roxann Dawson directed the episodes.

“The Deuce” is executive produced by Pelecanos, Simon, Franco and Nina K. Noble.