Ace Deuce for SoHo in September

SoHo will fast-track HBO’s The Deuce, the latest drama series from David Simon (The WireTreme), to screen here the same time as the US (1.00 Mondays from September 11).

It chronicles the rise of the porn industry in New York City, which was driven by its gradual legalisation and a politically motivated effort to “clean up” Times Square.

According to USA Today:

The Deuce traces that moment in New York City in the ’70s when sex — and porn — went from “dirty pictures” and “bad behaviour” to a billion-dollar industry. The show’s title comes from New York slang for 42nd Street, which in the ’70s was the centre of the newly legal big business.

“There’s a fair amount of sex scenes in Deuce and some rough stuff for female characters. But Simon insisted that the show has a larger vision,” Variety reports.

“We’re not using misogyny as a currency to get you interested,” Simon said. “If we’ve made something that is purely titillating then damn us. I’m interested in how the product became such a fundamental product that we as a society consume.”

The cast includes James Franco as twins, Maggie Gyllenhaal (above), Gary Carr (Death in Paradise), Margarita Levieva (The Blacklist), Dominique Fishback (Show Me a Hero), Emily Meade (The Leftovers) and Chris Bauer (The Wire).

Paste magazine posted “9 things you need to know” about the eight-part series, including how it will skirt charges of sexism:

“I think it’s become clear in a way that maybe it wasn’t totally clear a year ago that there’s a huge amount of misogyny in the world,” Gyllenhaal says. “Here, we have this opportunity to pick it up and lay it on the table and do it in a way that’s thoughtful and smart, but also real.”

She elaborates, saying that means sometimes audiences will see things that “look violent and uncomfortable, but I think if you don’t put that on the table and take a really good clear look at it, nothing will change …”

Also new next month on SoHo:

Halt and Catch Fire (S4), 9.30 Wednesdays from September 27

Fear the Walking Dead (S3B), which will be fast-tracked for 5.00 Mondays from September 11

Vice Principals (S2), 9.00 Thursdays from September 21.

Big Little Lies will re-run 9.30 Mondays from September 19 while being resurrected for box set weekends are: I’m Dying Up Here, Guerrilla, Vice Principals (S1), Game of Thrones (S7), Outcast (S2) and Animal Kingdom (S2).

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2 Responses to “Ace Deuce for SoHo in September”

  1. I mentioned a month or two back on here that I’d got rid of SoHo on my Sky plan. I walked past one of the TVs at my work the other day and on a new plasma it had SoHo on, I swear they’ve increased the size of their on screen watermark. It looks atrocious for what is meant to be a premium drama channel. SoHo should be watermark free in my opinion.

  2. I suspect you’re right. It really jumped out at me during Monday’s Game of Thrones. Of course, SoHo should be watermark free. But being a premium channel doesn’t stop Sky from resorting to crass free-to-air style tactics to promote upcoming content during a programme’s closing credits. At least it appears to have ceased blaring promotions over the expressive songs or music that often accompany these credits.

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