It’s been suggested that accusations of sexual misconduct around James Franco may have cost The Disaster Artist star an Oscar nomination – but evidently not his HBO series. The network confirms The Deuce Season 2 will move forward with Franco in the lead, despite claims from at least five women.
As allegations of sexual harassment continue to mount against James Franco, questions naturally turn to the actor’s ongoing projects. HBO’s The Deuce in particular was renewed for Season 2 after critical acclaim, and both the network and creator David Simon now weigh in on the ongoing allegations against Franco.
The Deuce landed on HBO last night with a special 90-minute premiere of the seedy new drama from the great David Simon (creator of The Wire) and frequent collaborator George Pelecanos. Featuring a beautifully reimagined ’70s New York, the first episode immerses us in the state of the sex industry on the verge of a major turning point in history by introducing an ensemble of prostitutes, pimps, and a handful of johns. (Oh, and the twin brothers played by James Franco.) As you might expect, there was quite a bit of nudity in that first 90 minutes; actually, the first hour alone had more full frontal male nudity than all seven seasons of Game of Thrones combined.