The Deuce Season 1 premiered on HBO in Fall 2017.
The series was created by David Simon and George Pelecanos (The Wire, Treme). They also serve as Executive Producers for the series. Simon's longstanding producing partner Nina Kostroff Noble is also an Executive Producer. Two-time Emmy winner Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones) directed the pilot and serves as a further Executive Producer for that episode only. Star James Franco is also a key member of the crew serving as both an Executive Producer and a Director, helming two episodes of the first season. Author and screenwriter Richard Price is also an Executive Producer. Star Maggie Gyllenhaal is also a Producer. Marc Henry Johnson was a Producer for the pilot episode only. Dara Schnapper is a Co-Producer and Sean Varga is an Associate Producer.
The writing staff consists of Simon, Pelecanos, Price, Megan Abbott, Lisa Lutz, Chris Yakaitis, and Will Ralston. Abbott and Lutz are new to television writing with extensive experience as novelists. Yakaitis also serves as the script co-ordinator for the series. Ralston is also the supervising sound editor.
During the 1970’s, New York's West 42nd Street between 6th and 8th Avenues became known as "The Deuce". Porn, prostitution, pimps, the Mob, after-hours nightlife, institutional corruption, and New York were in its Wild West heyday.
James Franco plays twin brothers Frankie and Vincent. The two are entangled within the porn industry in 1970’s Times Square, operating a front for a mob boss. Maggie Gyllenhaal will star opposite Franco as Eileen, a sex worker who becomes entangled with the mob. Gyllenhaal also serves as executive producer of the series.
Filming of the 'The Deuce' took place in the uptown NYC neighborhood of Washington Heights, which was transformed into 1970’s Times Square.
Bodegas, Dominican restaurants, and a driving school/auto repair store were transformed into a 70’s movie theater, a Chinese restaurant, and Playland, the infamous arcade where the prostitution of young boys was rampant. The streets were lined with a beautiful array of vintage cars. The crew went as far as to purchase vintage garbage to strengthen an authentic 70s vibe.