While a full-grown man dressed in an Elmo costume attempting to hug you is indeed a slimy experience, Times Square today is nothing like the seedy adult playground of yesteryear.
A new HBO show called The Deuce will explore the rise of that Times Square, and with it the history of New York City’s ’70s porn scene — gay and straight. And who wouldn’t want to watch that? Well Rudy Guiliani probably won’t be live-Tweeting the premiere.
Add to the mix a stellar production team — The Wire’s David Simon and George Pelecanos, as well as a pilot and finale directed by Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones regular Michelle MacLaren — and we’re already setting our DVRs.
James Franco is also involved, starring in the series as well as executive producing, and directing one episode. He sports some major ’70s stache, which we must say is looking better than Max Greenfield’s on the set of American Crime Story.
Maggie Gyllenhaal features heavily in the teaser trailer, which is light on plot but serves a hearty does of ’70s pulp realness.
Check it out below: