The Deuce - David Simon show about the sex industry in 1980's NYC - The Final Season - Mondays on HBO

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The Deuce returns for third and final season on Monday, September 9th. The third season will consist of eight episodes. There is a significant time jump to 1985 (S1 was 1971, S2 was 1977) for the third season.
HBO said:
Season three of THE DEUCE brings us into the world of 1985, just as VHS overtakes film as the primary medium for porn production and distribution. The lure of the California sunshine, the city’s aggressive takeover of commercial sex properties in Times Square and the devastating impact of the AIDS epidemic mark the end of an era. With the party of the 1970s winding down, 42nd Street has deteriorated into a hive of uncontrolled violent crime and seedy video stores, making urban renewal seem more unlikely than ever before. Following the interconnected lives of Times Square’s barkeeps, prostitutes, pimps, police, mobsters, porn actors and producers, the eight-episode third season of THE DEUCE brings the series’ arc to a dramatic conclusion.
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Thewonandonly

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Oct 25, 2017
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Well just caught up with the whole series and I loved it. My two favorite characters have got to be Larry and the blonde porn star I forgot her name Laurie mabey. I know we’re not sapose to like the pimps but man Larry didn’t seem that bad as far as they go. Also when he was first auditioning for porn was my favorite scene of the whole series!!! “My mom says my teeth are my best feature” “well I hope she’s not the audience your going for” shit had me dying!!!
 

Tribal_Cult

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Cannot fucking wait. The Deuce, The Affair and Mr. Robot all ending in the same period is going to be sad.
 

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Oct 25, 2017
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I literally just started watching this, it's actually really great. People are sleeping on it. You gotta watch the first episode, it's pretty much an opening movie. It does such a great job subverting expectation after expectation about what you think the characters are about and where they're headed.
 

Teacher

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This is the best thing Simon's done since The Wire and I love all of his other works.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Absolutely love this show. Sad to have it off the air, but also kinda thrilled that it’s ending in such a planned way. Confident it’s gonna go out undefeated!
 

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I'm sad Treme didn't get enough recognition (I think). Loved that show even not being an American.
 
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Season premiere tonight:
The Camera Loves You

On the eve of 1985, a worn-out Vincent (James Franco) reconnects with his ex-wife, Andrea (Zoe Kazan) as his open relationship with Abby (Margarita Levieva) grows more distant. Despite becoming a family man, Frankie (James Franco) continues his risky side hustles. With the newly dominant VHS format shaking up their industry, Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and Harvey (David Krumholtz) travel to Las Vegas for an adult film convention where they disagree on how to navigate a fast-changing future. Fresh out of rehab in Los Angeles, Lori (Emily Meade) is put back to work. Alston (Lawrence Gilliard) makes a very specific request of Goldman (Luke Kirby) in their quest to revitalize Midtown. Now a bartender at the Hi-Hat, Loretta (Sepideh Moafi) becomes an active member of Women Against Pornography.
 
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Matt Zoller Seitz review for NY Mag
The totality of the achievement is often breathtaking, more so when you think about season three in relation to what The Deuce has shown us before. Times Square is treated as an actual place, its incremental changes scrupulously reenacted through vintage cars, costumes, signage, and splashes of subtle computer-generated imagery. But Times Square is also a stage upon which The Deuce’s writers and directors (a gender-balanced group, incidentally) can mount a play of ideas, centered on economic creation and destruction aided by government, and largely avoiding charges of grandiosity or pretension through gallows humor. It’s a great show about work, about the place of the individual within history, and most of all, about the faceless indomitability of money over human affairs.
 

wenis

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Oct 25, 2017
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hyped for this tonight. not a bad season so far, so i hope it ends well with this one.
 

RDreamer

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I really loved S1 and S2, so I'm on board here. Might have to catch a recap though. I've got too many planned re-watches so I don't think I can get that in any time soon.
 

herbchamberz

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Loved Wire. Loved Treme. For some reason, this one never grabbed me. Might have to give it another shot.
 

Nairume

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While it's nice to have the show back, I can't deny I wasn't really feeling this episode and I'm not as hyped for the rest of the season as I was going into it.
 

Tagesreste

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I’m ready for Paul and Luke Kirby’s character to both be hit hard by the AIDS epidemic and it’s gonna ruin me.
 

nexus

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Oct 25, 2017
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Was a slower, but enjoyable episode. Caught us up with what everyone’s doing now. I’m glad that the show decided to time jump between the seasons.
 

Tribal_Cult

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Yeah pretty slow episode but it's always like this at the beginning of the season. I loved it anyway.
The new setting in the '80s is great, and Blondie in the opening are fucking perfect.
Regarding the characters, Vincent was kind of uninteresting but I wonder if the open relationship thing will end up in HIV spreading. The disease was looming over the episode for the entire time but no main character has it so far, ending it up being one of the "less obvious" would be interesting.
I liked the whole porn storyline with Candy, I wonder what she'll come up with regarding the competitors thing. I can see this spiraling into the various directors trying to one up each other and maybe end up into the creation of porn subgenres and stuff like that, maybe something even darker.
I can easily see Lori ending up the most tragic character already, really hard to see her getting out of the season alive, she's clearly trapped in a world she doesn't want to live in anymore.
Was great seeing Lombardozzi, I just love that actor and his character seems very interesting, I like the whole police crew they have here.
In general, I liked the episode, but yeah it'll take time as usual for things to start to kick off. Didn't notice any difference compared to other season premieres. Deuce is back and I'm sad it's going to be for the last time. What a series.
 

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I liked the first episode. I don't know that I'd characterize it as any more slow than the rest of the show. It makes sense with a time skip and everything to just catch up to where everyone's at and set the stage, if you will. It did well at that goal. I'm excited for the season.
 

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I think the season 2 premiere was similar but more engaging - the lack of all the pimp characters in season 3 (so far) really took a lot of the electricity out of the show imo

Also my girl Darlene was gone too - I hope she shows up at some point, I think she was in one of the trailers?
 

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I'm always amused at the readjustment period for every new season of a David Simon show. None of them feel much slower or faster than any others to me, it's just that few things on TV have this sort of matter-of-fact, blue collar cadence. The S3 premier felt very much like everything else, only transposed into a new era with new societal issues encroaching. There's absolutely a different focus to season 1, but it feels purposeful, not lesser.
 
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New episode tonight:
Morta di Fame

Frankie (Franco) takes his amateur porn business to the next level and ends up in a confrontation with Rudy (Michael Rispoli), who pushes Vincent (Franco) to up his profits. Candy (Gyllenhaal) brainstorms a new film based on the experiences of her fellow sex workers and finds that her new beau Hank (Corey Stoll) is not shaken by her past. Abby (Levieva) and Loretta (Moafi) take care of Shay (Kim Director) when she shows up to the Hi-Hat in bad shape. Lori (Meade) is advised to be more compliant after she dares to stand up for herself on set. Alston (Gilliard) is tasked with finding the mysterious owner of a prime piece of Midtown real estate. With the future of his businesses up in the air, Paul (Chris Coy) worries about his partner Todd's (Aaron Dean Eisenberg) health.