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The' Deuce' Season 2: Women's stories stronger, Franco's performance weaker

The' Deuce' Season 2: Women's stories stronger, Franco's performance weaker

In the first season of HBO’s “The Deuce,” the image that framed the series in my mind was that of James Franco as Vincent Martino striding through 1970s New York with the camera showing his shoes hitting the pavement like those of John Travolta’s Tony Manero in “Saturday Night Fever,” a hit film from that disco era.

I saw it as series creators David Simon and George Pelecanos visually saying, “Pay attention. This is the guy to keep your eye on. He’s your entry point to this world, and his journey is the one that matters most.”

Season 2, which arrives Sunday night opens with Maggie Gyllenhaal as Candy, a prostitute and adult film actress now starting to make a name for herself...

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