HBO’s porn drama The Deuce will begin its third and final season in September, according to an official announcement from the network. The series, from creators George Pelecanos and David Simon, tracks the rise of the adult film industry from the ‘70s into the ‘80s as porn became widely available on formats like VHS. The shift in the industry is part of the show’s overall arc, one that’s highlighted by HBO’s marketing of season 3, which underlines the move from film to video and they ways in which that irrevocably changed the adult film industry.
The series has been acclaimed since its premiere in 2017, following a sizable ensemble cast of characters played by Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Franco, Mustafa Shakir (Jett), Gary Carr (The Good Fight), Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (The Wire), Margarita Levieva (The Blacklist), Emily Meade (The Leftovers) and more. The series began in the ‘70s before taking a time jump several years forward in season 2, which saw many of its key players in different positions within the larger context of the story (some good, some not so good). And as the series prepares for its final run, The Deuce is prepared to jump into the ‘80s and the era of VHS.
The news was made today in an official announcement by HBO through the show’s Twitter account. The tweet shows an image of a VHS baring the title The Deuce and in hand-written marker, the early September premiere date, which will see the series make the move to Mondays. Check out the tweet with the premiere date announcement below:
The series will have several storylines to wrap up in its final season, as many of its characters saw their lives changed in dramatic ways over the course of season 2. Most of those changes were a of a professional nature, as Gyllenhaal’s Eileen ‘Candy’ Merrell fought to legitimize her career as a female filmmaker within the male-dominated world of adult filmmaking. Meanwhile, Franco’s twin brothers Frankie and Vince Martino saw their involvement with organized crime become much more of a liability. As it stands now, a big part of The Deuce’s final season will be spent getting caught up with the various characters now that they’re in the ‘80s, and finding out how the changes in the adult film industry continue to alter their lives moving forward.
The show itself will have some adjusting to do, as The Deuce moves from its usual Sunday-night time slot to Monday nights. Mondays have traditionally been reserved for HBO’s documentary series and films, but recently it’s seen success with shows like Chernobyl and the currently airing Years and Years. The third and final season of Divorce is also currently airing on Monday nights, which suggests the evening is meant to welcome new series and help usher older ones out to pasture.
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The Deuce season 3 premieres Monday, September 9 @9pm on HBO.