Show of the week
If there’s anything television has been lacking recently, it’s a good David Simon series. Teaming again with novelist George Pelecanos, the creator of The Wire has found another lawless underworld to dissect. This time, we’re watching the sex industry come of age in 1970s New York City, as a collection of seedy characters operating on or near 42nd Street vie to cash in on the opportunities created by loosened obscenity laws. James Franco plays twin brothers who get in early, and Maggie Gyllenhaal portrays a prostitute who views porn as a path to independence. Sunday, Sept. 10, at 9 p.m., HBO
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