May/2019

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Writer/Producer David Simon is preparing to take HBO on an interesting ride, that is if they move forward with what’s been titled ‘The Deuce‘. It’s promising to be a storyline that is unlike any rabbit hole the cabler has traveled down before.

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The potential series being developed by Simon and frequent collaborator George Pelecanos are chronicling the legalization and rise of the porn industry centered around New York’s Time Square from the 1970’s through the 1980’s. Of course the project will cover all things encompassed in that turbulent era like the horrific violence that came hand in hand with the cocaine epidemic, the madness that was midtown Manhattan and the sharp upturn of the real estate market.

Simon has a certain method to his madness that has paid off in past projects and is serving him well now, something that probably became ingrained as a journalist, heavily researching anything before he gets involved. The creative duo were tentative in taking their first steps toward the racy theme with Simon stating “George and I looked at each other and said, ‘I don’t wanna make a porn show…I’m married with kids and lawn furniture. I don’t want to go there, man. That’s dark.”

Execs at HBO put the project on the back burner for a while directing Simon’s talents towards ‘Show Me a Hero‘, a miniseries about a housing project in Yonkers, N.Y. Now that Hero is in working order and ready to debut in the early fall, insiders hint that a pilot order for Deuce could be right around the corner, and if it’s done right, it will be one hell of a ratings magnet for the network.

 

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