HBO’s “The Deuce” Looks Deliciously Filthy

Posted on June 01, 2017

Mr. Press Release, you have the floor.

HBO has confirmed the debut date for the drama series “The Deuce,” which will begin its eight-episode season SUNDAY, SEPT. 10 (9:00–10:00 p.m. ET/PT).

Created by George Pelecanos and David Simon and starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Deuce” follows the story of the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York’s Times Square from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s, exploring the rough-and-tumble world at the pioneering moments of what would become the billion-dollar American sex industry. George Pelecanos, David Simon, James Franco and Nina K. Noble executive produce.

We had a fine old time posting about the on-set shots and what little of the costumes we could see back when this was shooting, but now that HBO’s dropped this little tease, we’re looking forward to this more than ever.


You can just smell the cigarettes, synthetic fibers and aerosol anti-perspirant, can’t you?

It’s so hard to get the really grimy parts of ’70s New York right in modern filmmaking. It seems art directors and costume designers learned how to nail the same period in a southern California setting, based on everything from Boogie Nights to The Nice Guys, but they tend to find it difficult to really capture just how hellish certain parts of New York were in that decade. This all looks fabulously on point to our untrained eyes. Like some recently discovered stash of Scorsese B reels left over from Mean Streets and Taxi Driver.

Anyway, despite the presence of two James Francos to contend with, we’re fully on board for this one.



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