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Old 09-08-17, 08:19 PM   #1
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The Deuce - HBO Sunday




Series Premiere

S01E01 - "Pilot"
Sunday - September 10, 2017
HBO - 9/8c


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Created by George Pelecanos and David Simon (The Wire) 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. Source

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  • James Franco as Vincent Martino and Frankie Martino, twin brothers operating out of Times Square who become fronts for the Mob.
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal as Eileen "Candy" Merrell, a Times Square sex worker with an entrepreneurial spirit who is drawn into the emerging pornography industry.
  • Gbenga Akinnagbe as Larry Brown, an intense and demanding pimp who physically intimidates his stable of women but also has moments that betray a conflicted, underlying humanity.
  • Chris Bauer as Bobby Dwyer, Vincent and Frankie Martino’s brother-in-law, a construction foreman and family man whose eyes are opened by their adventures along the Deuce.
  • Gary Carr as C.C
  • Chris Coy as Paul Hendrickson, a kindred spirit to Vincent Martino and a veteran bartender who pursues his own personal and professional ambitions in the emerging gay, lesbian and transsexual community of ’70s New York.
  • Dominique Fishback as Darlene, a young, sweet-natured prostitute who’s trying to survive on the street while under the thumb of a volatile, violent pimp.
  • Lawrence Gilliard Jr. as Chris Alston, an NYPD patrolman.
  • Margarita Levieva as Abigail "Abby" Parker, an adventurous college student who strikes up a relationship with Vincent.
  • Emily Meade as Lori
  • Natalie Paul as Sandra Washington, a newspaper reporter who's investigating the Times Square sex industry.

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Old 09-08-17, 08:41 PM   #2
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I'm not crazy about the cast or the subject matter, but I'll trust David Simon. Hopefully this will draw a bigger audience than his last project (with an unwieldy title, Show Me a Hero), which was terrific but pushed out by HBO, all 6 episodes over a week or two. (Those characters deserved a couple of seasons!)
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Re: The Deuce - HBO Sunday

Pi-o-my, I'm going to give it a chance because of their last series, The Wire.
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Pi-o-my, I'm going to give it a chance because of their last series, The Wire.
Actually Simon made Treme and show me a Hero after The Wire.
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Re: The Deuce - HBO Sunday

TPTB used the "Pilot" episode to setup several story arcs we'll have to deal with this season.
  • Vincent and Frankie Martino will trade places, because Vincent is such a coward. He allowed his wife to trade herself for a little companionship.
  • Vinnie will help Frankie deal with the money owed the mob.
  • Didn't like all verbiage used by all of the "pimps". Also didn't like the idea all of the pimps were "Black", and all of them wanted "White" girls in their "stables". How cliches!
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal’s character, Candy, will continue to try an act as her own "pimp", so to say. She's definitely going to be a center point of the series.
  • How "dirty" are the cops who patrol the "Times Square" area?
  • How does Abby fit into the whole story?
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I really didn't like the first episode and couldn't finish it. I loved the Wire but gave up on Treme in the second season. I think I'll sit this one out for now.
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Didn't we already see this with Charlie and Emilio?
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Not feeling the love for this, either. This is the first time I've found Simon's characters to not be fully rounded. Even the guys on Generation Kill, who were "types" still felt like they had complexity.

The only time I felt any interest in where this might go was in the last few minutes, when one of the brothers (it's telling that I can't remember which Franco was which) knew he should say something but couldn't decide whether or not to put his feelings into action.
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...The only time I felt any interest in where this might go was in the last few minutes, when one of the brothers (it's telling that I can't remember which Franco was which) knew he should say something but couldn't decide whether or not to put his feelings into action.
I will admit, this first episode was slow developing, but I found several possibly interesting characters.
  • The Martino bros.
  • Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal character)
  • Abby (college student, sleeping with her professor)
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S01E02 - "Show and Prove"
Sunday - September 17, 2017
HBO - 9/8c


Spoiler: Promo & Episode Description


Vincent's failing marriage forces him to move into a seedy Times Square hotel, but his success drawing customers to a struggling Korean bar brings a tempting offer from Mafia capo Rudy Pipilo. Meanwhile, Candy becomes intrigued by the filmmaking process when she fills in for a friend in a pornographic short; C.C. shows Lori the advantages of having a pimp; and the police bust up a peep show that crosses the line. Source
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