The Wire creator David Simon is not done exploring corruption in Baltimore just yet.
A new report says that Simon and fellow The Wire veteran George Pelecanos are teaming up to make a new limited series for HBO called We Own This City, which is based on journalist Justin Fenton’s book of the same name. The show is set in the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s murder in the custody of Baltimore police and features a stunning campaign of corruption by a sergeant who was tasked with drastically reducing the amount of guns and drugs on the city’s streets, only to pull off a series of crimes behind closed doors that enriched him and his partners.
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Move over, Ewan McGregor on Fargo: you’re not the only major Hollywood actor who’s playing twins on a prestige TV show this year. James Franco will be joining you this fall in The Deuce, a new HBO series from The Wire alums David Simon and George Pelecanos that’s set on the grimy streets of 1970s New York City and tracks the legalization and rise of the porn industry in Times Square.
Watch the first The Deuce trailer below, and get a sense of the stylized world we’re about to enter when the show premieres later this fall.
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Few creative voices out in the world inspire as much confidence as David Simon. The creator of The Wire, as well as Homicide, Generation Kill and Treme, is the king of making detailed, character based genre television that’s incredibly challenging to viewers. Because of that, most of the time the work isn’t appreciated as it airs, if at all. Still, there’s no denying his skill and HBO continues to work with him. His latest show, Show Me A Hero, will air in August and now he’s looking for a subsequent project. That project might be called The Deuce, a story about the world of sex and pornography in 1970s New York. Read about the new David Simon show below. Read More »