HBO’s The Deuce announces season two release date


HBO’s The Deuce announces the release date for season two, but left James Franco’s status in the series in question.

HBO’s The Deuce, the acclaimed historical drama about the birth of the New York pornography industry in the 1970s, has announced that season two will premiere on September 9. The series, created by David Simon and George Pelecanos, stars James Franco as twin brothers Vincent and Frankie Martino. Franco also serves as executive producer alongside Simon, Pelecanos, and Nina Kostroff Noble.

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There was uncertainty as to Franco’s continued involvement in the series after five women reported to the Los Angeles Times allegations against Franco for inappropriate sexual behavior and manipulation. Franco has denied these allegations and Simon has stated that his behavior on set has been “entirely professional”. HBO stated their intention to move on with season two with Franco on board after an investigation into his conduct on set.

Still, Franco does not appear in the first season two promo released by HBO, which certainly had people speculating about the extent of his involvement. Will he have a limited role? Is HBO downplaying his involvement? He does, however, appear in the second promo which was released a mere day later, so conclusions were perhaps jumped at too quickly.

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It is interesting to note that HBO’s first promo prominently featured Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Candy, a major leading character on the show – and yet all people could wonder is “where is Franco”? It was assumed that Gyllenhaal would not have been featured in her own promo as HBO’s first release date announcement for season two if Franco’s character had not been downgraded. Granted, the circumstances surrounding Franco and the series begged the question, but if Franco had been featured in his own promo first, no one would have been asking “where is Gyllenhaal”.

Source: Deadline