Newswire: James Franco to play twin porn impresarios for David Simon and HBO

David Simon might not have a lot of confidence in his own shows, but HBO has a lot of confidence in him as Deadline reports that the network has given pilot orders to two projects Simon currently has in development. Both pilots will film over the next year, and while HBO has not yet committed to producing full seasons of either, that’s likely given the network’s track record of sticking with its creators generally and Simon specifically.

First up is The Deuce, a series about the good old days of Times Square, before the porn theaters were replaced by disgusting shrines to humanity’s most depraved impulses like Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar. The pilot, which will be directed by Breaking Bad and Game Of Thrones fan favorite Michelle MacLaren, was written by Simon and his longtime collaborator George Pelecanos and will cover the the torrid goings-on …

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