From David Simon and George Pelecanos, HBO’s THE DEUCE Premieres September 10 on HBO Canada
— September 5, 2017
– New series to premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival® as part of the prestigious Primetime program –
– Starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, eight-part drama follows the rise of porn culture in 1970s New York –
– Created by David Simon and George Pelecanos, collaborators behind HBO’s seminal series THE WIRE and TREME –
“I’m interested in how the product became such a fundamental product that we as a society consume.” – David Simon
“I think it’s become clear…there is a huge amount of misogyny in the world. Here we have this opportunity to pick it up and lay it on the table and to do it in a way that’s thoughtful and smart, and also real.” – Maggie GyllenhaalTORONTO (September 5, 2017) – Chronicling the moment in time when illicit sex became a billion-dollar industry in America, HBO’s THE DEUCE begins its eight-episode season on Sunday, September 10 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO Canada, day-and-date with HBO in the US. The series is created by David Simon and George Pelecanos (THE WIRE, TREME), and stars James Franco, who also serves as executive producer, and Maggie Gyllenhaal who also produces. Click here for a look at THE DEUCE.
As announced earlier this month by the Toronto International Film Festival, the first two episodes of THE DEUCE will screen as part of TIFF’s Primetime program which celebrates some of the best international television, focusing on powerful, small-screen storytelling that pushes the boundaries of original scripted series and episodic programming.
Following the Canadian premiere of Episodes 1 & 2 on Sunday, September 10 at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Simon, Pelecanos, Franco, executive producer Nina K. Noble, and Canadian director Michelle MacLaren, who directs the first and last episodes of the season and serves as executive producer on the pilot, will participate in an on-stage panel discussion. For ticket information, please click here.
Titled after the local slang for New York’s fabled 42nd Street, THE DEUCE follows the rise of porn culture from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s, exploring the rough-and-tumble world of the sex trade from the moment when both a liberalizing cultural revolution in American sexuality and new legal definitions of obscenity created a billion-dollar industry that is now an elemental component of the American cultural landscape.
Beginning in 1971, the show follows a cast of barkeeps, prostitutes, pimps, police, and nightlife denizens as they swirl through a world of sex, crime, high times, and violence and the porn business as it begins its climb from Mafia-backed massage parlours and film labs to legitimacy and cultural permanence.
The cast is led by Oscar® nominee James Franco (127 Hours) – executive producer and director of two episodes – as identical twin brothers Vincent and Frankie Martino, and Oscar nominee and producer Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart) as self-made prostitute Candy.
Vincent is a successful and astute barman with a knack for promotion who finds himself – with increasing reluctance – in the centre of the city sex trade after he attracts the interest of a well-connected mob player, while Frankie is his freewheeling, free-spirited counterpart, who gets by on his brother’s support, but is increasingly drawn toward the mob’s business interests. Meanwhile, Candy works as an independent prostitute, refusing to work under any of the multitude of street pimps who control much of the trade along Eighth and Ninth Avenues. She has a son who lives with her parents in the suburbs, but her ambition and intelligence lead her to the emerging porn business, where she sees potential for herself and, perhaps, her fellow streetwalkers.
The series also stars: Gary Carr (DOWNTON ABBEY) as pimp C.C.; Margarita Levieva (THE BLACKLIST) as college student-turned-barmaid Abigail “Abby” Parker; Lawrence Gilliard, Jr. (THE WIRE) as police officer Chris Alston; Dominique Fishback (SHOW ME A HERO) as prostitute Darlene; Emily Meade (THE LEFTOVERS) as 20-year-old prostitute Lori; Gbenga Akinnagbe (THE GOOD WIFE) as pimp Larry Brown; Chris Bauer (THE WIRE) as Bobby Dwyer, a construction foreman and brother-in-law of the Martinos; Chris Coy (BANSHEE) as bartender Paul Hendrickson; Natalie Paul (SHOW ME A HERO) as reporter Sandra Washington; and Michael Rispoli (THE SOPRANOS) as Rudy Pipilo, a Gambino mafia captain who represents that New York family’s financial interests in the midtown sex business.
In addition to their work on THE WIRE, creators David Simon and George Pelecanos also collaborated on HBO’s New Orleans drama TREME. Simon is an author, journalist, and producer whose other works for HBO include THE CORNER, GENERATION KILL, and SHOW ME A HERO. Pelecanos is the author of 20 critically acclaimed novels, including The Double and The Turnaround, as well as a screenwriter and film producer. He served as a writer and co-producer on HBO’s THE PACIFIC.
Also writing for the series are three other acclaimed novelists: co-executive producer Richard Price, author of Lush Life and Clockers and writer and executive producer of HBO’s THE NIGHT OF; Megan Abbott, author of Dare Me, The Fever, and You Will Know Me; and Lisa Lutz (The Passenger, How to Start a Fire).
Additional writing credits on the series include Will Ralston (TREME), Chris Yakaitis (TREME), and Marc Henry Johnson.
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