David Simon’s HBO Porn Drama ‘The Deuce’ Filming on Rivington Street Today

Posted on: June 16th, 2016 at 9:32 am by
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Recent HBO programming has a hard-on for the Lower East Side. It’s not just the seventies period piece Vinyl which recently scouted the neighborhood, but also porn drama The Deuce.

Correct. The new show – centered on the porn industry that encapsulated Times Square in the 1970s – will film scenes on Rivington Street today. Standard “no parking” signs are currently affixed to street furniture in the immediate vicinity of Schiller’s (Rivington/Norfolk/Essex).

Evoking the nickname bestowed upon 42nd Street of yore, The Deuce explores the “legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s” until the rise of HIV and rebound of the real estate market. The pilot is written by David Simon and long-time collaborator George Pelecanos and directed by Michelle MacLaren. James Franco is also attached to the project and plays the role of twin brothers “who were players” in this oft-romanticized underworld. Maggie Gyllenhaal co-stars.

HBO green-lit a full series order back in January.

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