Get ready, you denizens of New York's seething underbelly: HBO's drama series The Deuce, created by George Pelecanos and David Simon (of The Wire fame), returns for its second season September 9, exclusively on HBO.

Chronicling the rise of pornography and the multibillion-dollar industry’s transformation of American culture, the critically acclaimed HBO drama returns to the world of 1977, five years after the season-one finale, capturing the Times Square area of midtown New York at its most garish and volatile.

Disco and punk are in full swing, and police corruption and political tolerance for New York’s midtown demimonde is at its height. And the Mafia, the early backer of pornography at the moment when courts declared for its legality, is now seemingly poised to reap great profits.

The show stars James Franco as both Vincent Martino, a successful manager of several mob-backed nightspots, and his twin brother, Frankie, whose own business ventures are more fraught, and Maggie Gyllenhaal (a Golden Globe nominee for season one of The Deuce) as Candy, now a rising director of ambitious porn films.

Be sure to tune in September 9 for brand new episodes and a look back at a New York many current residents would barely recognize.