The Deuce premiere released early on HBO GO, HBO NOW


HBO has provided an advanced preview of “The Deuce” ahead of its official premiere next month.

HBO’s 70’s-set drama The Deuce was just one of the series whose episodes were leaked by hackers earlier this month, along with Game of Thrones, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Insecure, Ballers, Room 104 and the upcoming Bill Hader starter Barry. Now, the network has decided to give subscribers an official early peek at David Simon’s (The Wire) new drama that chronicles the rise of the porn industry in 1970’s Manhattan.

Starting August 25th, The Deuce‘s pilot episode became available via HBO NOW, HBO GO, on demand and other affiliate platforms. The release comes ahead of the show’s official premiere on Sunday, Sept. 10th in Game of Thrones‘ current time slot.

Created by Simon and frequent collaborator George Pelecanos, the series stars James Franco in dual roles as barman Vincent Martino, who ditches his unfaithful wife and two kids for a sleazy motel in Times Square, and his ne’er-do-well, gambling-addicted twin brother, Frankie.

HBO also released another trailer for The Deuce that gives viewers a more extensive glimpse of what’s to come in the eight-episode first season. The premiere introduced Franco’s characters and the pimps and prostitutes who inhabit the area, including Maggie Gyllenhaal’s veteran street-walker Candy, who later becomes involved in the newly legal porn industry, along with the NYPD officers who patrol Midtown.

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This marks the sixth collaboration between Simon and HBO following The Wire and Treme, as well the miniseries The Corner, Generation Kill and Show Me a Hero. Here’s to hoping that this is the project that lands him into the mainstream rather than have it be yet another show that’s underappreciated while it airs only to develop a cult following years later.

The Deuce will air Sundays at 9 p.m. ET starting Sept. 10th on HBO.