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James Franco is coming back for round two of The Deuce. Franco plays the pair of twin brothers at the center of George Pelecanos and David Simon’s grimy HBO series exploring the early years of the porn industry in 1970s New York City.

Franco’s return for the second season of the drama series had been called into question after allegations of the actor’s sexual misconduct surfaced, and House of Cards star Kevin Spacey was replaced for similar allegations. However, HBO has confirmed that Franco will reprise his dual roles.

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Darren Aronofsky's Favorite TV shows
After the intense production – and release – of mother!, director Darren Aronofsky is ready to decompress for a while by catching up on some TV. In a new interview, the filmmaker revealed a list of his favorite TV shows, which include a popular HBO series where everyone dies, an animated show that people everywhere can’t shut up about, and also a series full of nudity. Read on for Darren Aronofsky’s favorite TV shows.

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The Deuce Season Finale Review

(We’re going to kickstart our weekly discussion of HBO’s The Deuce by answering one simple question: who or what is the “best bet” in this week’s episode?)

As with any show in which there are so many moving pieces, it’s impossible to say that The Deuce did right by every single one of them, but it did its damnedest. This is generally true of the show — not just when it comes to the characters but when it comes to how much attention is given to each story. Some float — Eileen’s (Maggie Gyllenhaal) arc, for example — and others wobble — the “journalist sleeps with source” trope — but The Deuce is still an inimitably lovely piece of work.

The instances of casual cruelty are offset by how much George Pelecanos and David Simon (not to mention their writers) care about the characters we’re seeing. The most horrifying scene of The Deuce happens in the season finale, and the almost thoughtless way in which it happens is particularly jarring. But, for all that initially seems cold and cruel of the show and not just the characters involved, the repercussions get teased out bit by bit. The Deuce may be a hotbed of sin, but The Deuce has too big a heart to be quashed so easily. When we come back for season two, we’ll have jumped ahead in time; hopefully we’ll see most of the cast return. We’ve lost some of the best characters already, it’d be a pity not to have the whole gang back.

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The Deuce Au Reservoir Review

While cops and pimps might rule the Deuce, there’s one thing they’ve got no control over: the passage of time. Once again, The Deuce provides us with a look at the inexorable tides of change, as the sex industry continues to change and New York does, too. Some boats rise, some boats fall, but for all that the characters aren’t all experiencing the same fortunes, this is quite possibly the best episode yet.

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The Deuce Why Me Review

(We’re going to kickstart our weekly discussion of HBO’s The Deuce by answering one simple question: who or what is the “best bet” in this week’s episode?)

The times, they are a-changin’ — in both senses of the phrase. This week’s episode of The Deuce moves us forward to the most wonderful time of the year, as well as giving us a sense of the changing landscape where prostitution and pornography are concerned. For being a Christmas episode, it’s not quite as heart-warming as you might expect — it’s got one of the most harrowing scenes we’ve seen in recent weeks — but progress is still being made.

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The Deuce What Kind of Bad review

(We’re going to kickstart our weekly discussion of HBO’s The Deuce by answering one simple question: who or what is the “best bet” in this week’s episode?)

A lot of this week’s episode of The Deuce is set-up for what’s to come later on. Luckily, The Deuce isn’t the kind of show for which that’s an indictment. We’ve spent enough time with these characters by now that even set-up is rewarding, and it helps that the cast is dynamite through and through.

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The Deuce I See Money review

(We’re going to kickstart our weekly discussion of HBO’s The Deuce by answering one simple question: who or what is the “best bet” in this week’s episode?)

This week’s episode of The Deuce is remarkable on two fronts: one, it’s a domestic episode in a series that’s so focused on specific lines of work, and two, it introduces the show’s queer storylines. These developments are intertwined; The Deuce is about the porn industry, but it’s not a story that can properly be told without taking its context into account. There are the ramifications of the Vietnam War, of cleaning up New York City, of the Stonewall riots — it’s testament to The Deuce that it manages to capture that scope.

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The Deuce The Principle is All Review

(We’re going to kickstart our weekly discussion of HBO’s The Deuce by answering one simple question: who or what is the “best bet” in this week’s episode?)

In its third episode, The Deuce feels like it’s starting to settle into a rhythm. This episode is slow — there’s no rush to get anywhere now that all the pieces and players have been set into motion — but at the risk of getting into innuendos, it’s a good time. The pleasure is in seeing how these pieces come together, not how quickly it happens.

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‘The Deuce’ Season 2 is Coming

the deuce season 2

HBO’s latest series The Deuce is relatively new, having only aired two episodes so far. It seems the reaction to those two episodes was apparently good enough for HBO, because today they announced that the show has been renewed: The Deuce season 2 is officially happening.

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(We’re going to kickstart our discussion of HBO’s The Deuce by answering one simple question: what is the “best bet” in this week’s episode?)

There’s a curious kind of romanticism attached to 1970s New York City. The Deuce, created by David Simon and George Pelecanos, delves straight into it, setting a tone that’s just as delightfully pulpy, and introducing a cast of pimps, sex workers, gangsters, and cops (including twins played by James Franco) that rivals Game of Thrones in sheer scope. In its first two episodes, we get a glimpse of each of their lives, as well as the first inklings of where the whole enterprise is headed.

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