“The Deuce” came to a pretty quiet close on Monday, when the HBO series starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal drew 412,000 viewers across all HBO platforms.
The David Simon drama about New York City in 1970s and ’80s — when porn and prostitution were rampant in Manhattan — ran for three seasons on HBO.
An HBO spokeswoman told TheWrap that last night’s series finale reached a season-high in digital viewing.
Franco had a dual role on the series, playing twin brothers Vincent Martino and Frankie Martino.
Gyllenhaal’s work on “The Deuce,” which was co-created by George Pelecanos, earned her a Golden Globe nomination last year.
Not all of the PR for “The Deuce” was positive, however.
In 2018, Franco was accused of inappropriate conduct by five women, including multiple former students of his Studio 4 acting school, in a Los Angeles Times report in January. The women said Franco took advantage of their willingness to learn from an experienced actor to manipulate them into sexually exploitative situations.
In an interview after the report was published, Franco said some of the accusations being made against him were “not accurate,” adding that he supports victims of abuse speaking out and hoped not to “shut them down in any way.”
“When the Franco issue came up, we talked internally,” HBO programming boss Casey Bloys said later that year. “We talked to the executive producers, to Maggie [Gyllenhaal], the actors and actresses on the set. We all felt comfortable moving forward with the second season.”