WWE Extreme Rules: AJ Styles Beats Ricochet for U.S. Championship

“The Phenomenal” AJ Styles defeats Ricochet for the United States Championship at WWE Extreme Rules, with help from Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. Well, help probably isn’t a strong enough word, as Styles’ reunited teammates in The Club faction interfered in the match multiple times. As Jesse “The Body” Ventura used to say though, the record books don’t care how one wins, only that they do. Now, Styles becomes the fourth competitor to walk out of Extreme Rules with a title they didn’t have walking in.

The match at Extreme Rules between Styles and Ricochet was the culmination of a rivalry that’s materialized over the last few weeks. Three weeks ago on Raw, Styles went one on one with Ricochet, who defeated Samoa Joe for the United States Championship at June’s Stomping Grounds event, in a non-title match. Ricochet seemed to have stars in his eyes over taking on the veteran Styles, and ended up losing to him. Then, Ricochet won a rematch with his title on the line on the following Raw.

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Unfortunately, Styles then joined old friends Gallows and Anderson in a beatdown on Ricochet in retaliation, turning heel and reforming The Club faction. Another title match was booked for Extreme Rules, but the encounter quickly went sideways, with Gallows and Anderson attacking Ricochet before the bell. The two bald brawlers would also end up costing Ricochet the match late in the game, sending him crashing down onto the top turnbuckle. Style then hit Ricochet with a second-rope Styles Clash for the win, and the title.

And just like that, Ricochet’s first title reign since being called up to WWE’s main roster ends after only a handful of weeks. Of course, losing at Extreme Rules to a top star like Styles won’t hurt his standing one bit, and it seems likely the two men will have a rematch sooner or later. This is Styles’ third reign with the United States Championship, and his fifth overall title in WWE to date, having also held the WWE Championship twice. While that number isn’t as high as some, Styles’ reigns tend to be long, with one lasting for over a year.

As good as Styles is as being either an underdog babyface or a cocky heel, he’ll hopefully have at least one clean match against Ricochet at some point, as all three they’ve had so far have been marred by some type of shenanigans. Then again, one can’t fault a bad guy for cheating to win. As the late, great legend Eddie Guerrero used to say “if you’re not cheating, you’re not trying.”

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2019-07-14 07:07:32

Michael Kennedy

WWE Extreme Rules: New Day Wins 6th Tag Team Championship

New Day’s Big E and Xavier Woods defeat Daniel Bryan and Rowan and Heavy Machinery to capture their sixth tag team championship at WWE Extreme Rules. The three-man unit known as The New Day have spent lots of time divided recently, although it’s been for a very good reason. At WrestleMania XXXV in April, New Day member Kofi Kingston defeated Daniel Bryan to capture the WWE Championship. Thus, he’s been primarily occupied with defending his singles gold ever since.

This has left Big E and Woods to focus on the tag team division as a duo. While one of New Day’s big advantages has always been having three members to choose from to both compete for and defend the various tag team titles they’ve held, it’s now clear that E and Woods are just as formidable a tandem by themselves as they are with Kingston in he mix. The New Day last held the SmackDown Tag Team Championship in the fall of 2018, losing them to The Bar, Sheamus and Cesaro. Tonight, they recaptured the titles.

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Heading into Extreme Rules, former champions Bryan and Rowan weren’t too pleased to be stuck by Shane McMahon in a triple threat title defense, as that instantly makes their odds of retention worse. Sure enough, that worry proved to be a correct one. At several points, it appeared that upstart challengers Heavy Machinery would win the titles, but in the end, it was veterans The New Day that got the victory, pinning Bryan after their Midnight Hour double team finishing move.

And with that, Big E and Kofi Kingston ended Daniel Bryan’s second reign as a tag team championship, his first coming alongside Kane back in the Team Hell No days. Hopefully though, WWE isn’t quite ready to pull the plug on Bryan and Rowan’s quite entertaining run at or near the top of the SmackDown tag team division. As for Heavy Machinery, Otis and Tucker made a great showing for themselves, hanging with their much more experienced opponents, and nearly winning via their Compactor finishing move.

As fun as the actual match was at Extreme Rules, one can’t help but wonder why WWE felt the need to take the titles away from the still fairly new team of Bryan and Rowan and give them back to New Day, who it could be argued need a break from being tag champs for awhile. Still, at least it did provide the feel good moment of Big E and Xavier Woods celebrating their victory with fellow champion Kofi Kingston, at least until Paul Heyman interrupted.

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2019-07-14 06:07:42

Michael Kennedy

WWE Extreme Rules: Undertaker & Roman Reigns Win No Holds Barred Match

In their first match as a team, The Undertaker and Roman Reigns defeat Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre in a No Holds Barred match at WWE Extreme Rules. An undeniable living legend in the world of professional wrestling, Undertaker debuted in WWE way back in 1990, and has been a main event player for almost that long. Yet, it’s impossible to argue the fact that the man behind the unstoppable zombie-esque character hasn’t seen better days, from a physical standpoint.

This was hammered home by the absolutely abysmal match Undertaker had against Goldberg at June’s Super ShowDown event in Saudi Arabia. What would’ve likely been a thrilling match between two strong, fast behemoths circa the late 1990s or early 2000s was instead a plodding, overlong encounter between two aging athletes in their 50s. The oppressive Saudi Arabian heat didn’t help matters either, and neither did Goldberg sustaining a legit concussion, and nearly dropping Taker straight on his head via a botched Jackhammer.

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Thankfully, Undertaker didn’t look quite as bad at Extreme Rules, although to be fair, this time he was performing in an air conditioned arena. It was also a tag team match, so Undertaker could fall back on the much younger Reigns to carry the load for his team at times. The resulting tag team match pitting Undertaker and Reigns against McMahon and McIntyre was by no means good by any conventional standard. Still, at least the right team won, with Undertaker getting the win after dropping McMahon with a Tombstone Piledriver.

Undertaker and Reigns’ journey to victory at Extreme Rules was by no means easy though. Elias interfered in the match on behalf of his running buddies McMahon and McIntyre, leading to Shane-O-Mac putting Undertaker through the announce table with a nasty flying elbow from the top rope to the outside. McMahon also later hit the coast to coast flying dropkick into a trash can, into Undertaker’s head. Thankfully, fans didn’t have to suffer the indignity of Shane McMahon pinning The Undertaker.

The Deadman recovered from the assault, hitting both Elias and McMahon with devastating chokeslams. McIntyre then sneakily tried to hit Undertaker with the Claymore kick, but was cut off with a spear by Reigns. The Big Dog then grabbed hold of his malevolent boss, tossed him to Undertaker, then watched with glee as McMahon was tombstoned into the mat. Undertaker then saluted Reigns in a gesture of respect between the former WrestleMania main event opponents.

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2019-07-14 04:07:19

Michael Kennedy

WWE Extreme Rules: Shinsuke Nakamura Wins Intercontinental Championship

“The King of Strong Style” Shinsuke Nakamura defeats Finn Balor to win his first Intercontinental Championship at WWE’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view. Well, the match technically took place on the Extreme Rules pre-show, or as WWE calls it, the kickoff. The match was a late addition to the card, with many fans left scratching their heads at the decision to have two main event-caliber performers serve as the night’s opening match. Still, Balor and Nakamura did the best with the slot they were given, engaging in a fun, fast-paced contest that never dragged.

Balor and Nakamura of course have history from their days wrestling in Japan, with both men having been former members of the Bullet Club faction. Despite that past, tonight’s match was actually only Balor and Nakamura’s third one on one encounter under the auspices of WWE. The first was an absolute classic that happened on NXT TV shortly before Balor left the brand permanently for the main roster, and only a few months after Nakamura’s NXT debut against Sami Zayn.

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The second WWE singles match between Balor and Nakamura took place last Tuesday on SmackDown, another opening match that tried its best to steal the show early. Nakamura came out on top in that non-title contest, and that actually turned out to be a bad omen for Balor’s title reign, as the Irish superstar ended up pinned by Nakamura on the Extreme Rules kickoff after a deadly Kinshasa knee strike. The Intercontinental Championship now belongs to Nakamura.

The Intercontinental Championship joins a growing list of accolades for Nakamura, who spent much of 2018 feuding with AJ Styles over the WWE Championship. While Nakamura never managed to capture that gold, he did win the Royal Rumble match to get it, joining a very select group of wrestlers. He’s also a 2-time former NXT Champion, and a 2-time former United States Champion. It’s hard to imagine him not holding either the WWE or Universal Championships before his time in WWE ends.

That’s one thing Balor has on Nakamura, having been the inaugural Universal Champion, despite only holding the title for 24 hours due to injury. While WWE no longer enforces the old rule where champions automatically received a rematch after losing their title, one assumes this will likely just be the beginning of a long feud between Balor and Nakamura, two of WWE’s finest competitors, and a combo that would make a hell of a WrestleMania main event at some point in the future.

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2019-07-14 03:07:58

Michael Kennedy

HBO’s Perry Mason Adds John Lithgow | ScreenRant

Actor Jon Lithgow has joined HBO’s Perry Mason. Based on Erle Stanley Gardner’s famous character, the miniseries stars The Americans’ Matthew Rhys in the title role. The HBO adaptation is co-produced by Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey, otherwise known as Team Downey (The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle). 

In 1933, Gardner introduced Perry Mason in The Case of the Velvet Claws. Forty years later, the author’s version of the criminal defense lawyer appeared for the last time in The Case of the Postponed Murder. From 1957 to 1966, Raymund Burr portrayed Perry Mason in CBS’ celebrated adaptation (Perry Mason), and later reprised the character in 26 television films. Prior to the internet boom, Perry Mason was a staple of American pop culture, but has since disappeared from the spotlight during the 21st century. In 2016, True Detective creator Nic Pizzolato was attached to HBO’s adaptation, but was later replaced by Rolin Jones and Ron Fitzgerald, both of whom previously wrote for Showtime’s Weeds and NBC’s Friday Night Lights. Alongside Rhys in the main role, Tatiana Maslany and Shea Whigham were previously cast in HBO’s Perry Mason. The series will be set in 1932 Los Angeles, thus allowing for numerous subplots associated with classic Hollywood and The Great Depression.

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Per Deadline, Lithgow has officially been cast in HBO’s Perry Mason. He will portray Elias Birchard “E.B.” Jonathan, an attorney who will reportedly function as a mentor to the series’ title character, and assist with a child kidnapping case. Behind the camera, Tim Van Patten will direct Lithgow and company in Perry Mason. Over the past 20 years, Van Patten has directed episodes for popular HBO series like The Sopranos, Sex and the City, The Wire, Deadwood, The Pacific, Boardwalk Empire, and Game of Thrones. For Netflix, he directed the Black Mirror season 4 episode “Hang the DJ.”

As for Lithgow, the 73-year-old continues to be a relevant figure in both television and feature films. In 1983 and 1984, he received Oscar nominations for The World Accord to Garp and Terms of Endearment, respectively. A full decade before, Lithgow had already won his first Tony Award for “The Changing Room.” During the ‘90s, he received numerous accolades for his performance in NBC’s 3rd Rock from the Sun, and recently (2017) won a Primetime Emmy Award for Netflix’s The Crown. In 2019, Lithgow has appeared in the feature films Pet Sematary and Late Night, and will soon be seen as Roger Allies in Jay Roach’s still-untitled drama about the Fox News founder, co-starring Margot Robbie, Charlize Theron, and Nicole Kidman.

For HBO’s Perry Mason, Lithgow will bring some old-school sensibilities to the role, along with a solid understanding of modern storytelling. As a performer, he’s fully capable of leading an ensemble cast, and will complement Perry Mason’s relatively young lead, Rhys. As Lithgow approaches his mid-70s, his new HBO role will only further establish him as one of the industry’s most versatile and recognizable performers, and perhaps lead to yet another prestigious trophy. 

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Source: Deadline

2019-07-13 12:07:11

Q.V. Hough

Paper Girls Comic Gets TV Adaptation At Amazon | ScreenRant

The graphic novel Paper Girls will be adapted for television by Amazon. Written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Cliff Chiang, the comic book series debuted in October 2015 and has since released 29 issues. Vaughan is the mind behind others series such as Runaways, Y: The Last Man, Saga, Pride of Baghdad, and Ex Machina.

Published by Image Comics and set in 1988, Paper Girls follows the experience of four Ohio teenagers named Erin, MacKenzie, Karina, and Tiffany. While delivering newspapers, they’re immersed into a supernatural conflict involving different groups of time travelers. Suddenly, the Paper Girls finds themselves confronted with their future selves, all the while becoming part of “The Battle of the Ages” against “Old-Timers.” Character-wise, Erin is the archetypal New Girl, and MacKenzie is the Tomboy. Meanwhile, Karina aka KJ is the Smart Girl, and Tiffany is The Gamer. Of course, the narrative complexities reveal far more about the characters’ personalities and how they view the world, along with the past and future. In the comic book series, Matt Wilson serves as the colorist and won an Eisner Award for his work. Overall, the Paper Girls franchise is divided into five-issue arcs. 

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Per Deadline, Amazon has emerged victorious in a bid for the Paper Girls adaptation. Stephany Folsom, who worked on Toy Story 4 and Thor: Ragnarok, will write the television series and will also co-produce with Vaughan and Plan B. In recent years, Folsom has written for Star Wars Resistance, and she’s also the scribe behind the upcoming biographical drama This Is Jane. In addition, Folsom is a consulting producer for Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings series. As noted by Deadline, Paper Girls marks Vaughan’s first project with Legendary Entertainment, this coming after he reached a multi-year production deal. 

From 2007 to 2009, Vaughan wrote seven episodes of the iconic ABC series Lost. He subsequently served as the showrunner and executive producer for CBS’ Under the Dome, based on Stephen King’s 2009 science fiction novel of the same name. In 2017, Vaughan won Eisner Awards for Best Series (Paper Girls, Saga, We Stand on Guard) and Best Continuing Series (Saga with Fiona Staples). In 2018, Vaughan received Hugo Award nominations for Best Graphic Story (Saga, Paper Girls).

While many people are capitalizing on ‘80s nostalgia, it’s clear that moviegoers and streamers are fascinated with the concept, evidenced by the massive success of Stranger Things and other projects. But Vaughan’s success comes from his storytelling abilities, and how he constructs extensive characters. For Amazon’s Paper Things, the aforementioned Folsom will undoubtedly construct a fascinating adaption, but we’ll have to see who gets cast in the main roles, and whether the performers can truly bring the story to life for franchise fans.

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Source: Deadline

2019-07-13 10:07:09

Q.V. Hough

American Horror Story Season 9 Full Cast & Premiere Date Revealed

The full cast of American Horror Story: 1984 has finally been revealed by Ryan Murphy, teasing the usual blend of new and familiar faces. Created by Murphy and Brad Fulchuk, American Horror Story is an anthology series where each season featuring a new – though sometimes overlapping – story and collection of characters. Across the already-aired eight seasons, the show has tackled such settings as an asylum, a freak show, and most recently, an apocalypse. Garnering a number of awards for its varied cast members – including a Golden Globe for Lady Gaga – American Horror Story have already been renewed through season 10.

Though the overall plot tends to be a closely-guarded secret in the run-up to the premiere, it was previously announced that American Horror Story season 9 would be officially subtitled ‘1984’ and have a slasher theme. Since then, details regarding the ever-shifting cast has emerged. AHS stalwart Emma Roberts was the first to be confirmed as returning. The actress made her AHS debut in American Horror Story: Coven, before returning for Freak Show, Cult, and last season’s Apocalypse. It was also revealed, for the first time in the show’s history, that Evan Peters would not be starring.  Equally, Sarah Paulson will not return. Instead, it was announced that Angelica Ross had been cast. Ross is currently the star of another Murphy production: FX’s Pose.

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Posting on his personal Instagram, Murphy opted to celebrate the first day of filming with an official cast announcement. He then proceeded to post a series of videos that, in true American Horror Story fashion, eschewed the usual tradition of such announcements. Instead, each snippet was done as though part of a camera test, blending the equal parts ominous and campy tones with which the show has become synonymous. Alongside Roberts, the returning cast also includes Billie Lourd, Leslie Grossman, and Cody Fern. John Carroll Lynch, who played Twisty the Clown in American Horror Story season 4, also makes a return. Check out the videos – in all their hilariously 80’s glory – below:

The new faces joining the cast (and donning their short shorts) include DeRon Horton, Zach Villa, and Glee’s Matthew Morrison. This isn’t the only project Murphy has in the works. The super-producer recently signed a deal with Netflix. As part of that deal, he is producing a film adaptation of The Prom, starring Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep. He will also re-team with Paulson on a One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest prequel series, Ratched.

In terms of American Horror Story: 1984, the video doesn’t reveal the characters’ names. It does, however, convey each of their defining characteristics – right down to a recurring penis gag for one. Ross’ character, meanwhile, can be seen with a stethoscope, clearly setting her up as the camp’s resident medic. Equally, Lynch’s character looks every bit as intense and creepy as Twisty himself was. It also has a very Friday the 13th vibe, living up to its retro-slasher film intentions. And potentially having even more 80s homages than Stranger Things.

For each detail revealed by the videos, however, they pose an equal amount of questions that are sure to fuel much speculation from fans. Most notably, is the style of the videos. Could it be that what audiences will see later this year will actually be a film within a series, with the confirmed actors themselves playing actors on the set of a horror production?  It would be certainly in keeping with such previously meta seasons as American Horror Story: Roanoke. Whatever the case, fans will find out for sure when the series finally airs.

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American Horror Story: 1984 premieres Sept. 18 on FX.

Source: Ryan Murphy/Instagram

2019-07-13 09:07:11

John Atkinson

Snowpiercer Bug Bars With Real Crickets Coming To Comic-Con

You can see a lot of odd stuff available at San Diego Comic Con, but protein bars made from crickets like those featured in Snowpiercer are right up there. The post-apocalyptic story began life as French graphic novel, Le Transperceneige, and in 2013 was adapted as a movie that was a Korean production with mostly English dialogue. Snowpiercer is currently being turned into a TV series set to air on TBS next year and has already been renewed for a second season.

Snowpiercer is set in the near future where a man-made ice age has wiped out all life on Earth. The remnants of humanity live aboard a gigantic serpentine train powered by a perpetual motion engine that continually circumnavigates the globe. Society has become rigidly stratified, with the lower classes existing in cramped squalor at the tail end while the upper classes live in hedonistic decadence at the front. Snowpiercer is a story of vast inequality, and as often happens when such situations exist, a revolution starts brewing.

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As part of the promotion for the upcoming Snowpiercer TV show, bars made from insect protein powder are being made available at SDCC. The bars are mimicking those of which the train’s tail dwellers receive daily rations to survive, unaware of what they’re made from. Far from the gelatinous lumps seen in the film, however, these bars are more like those you would find in the supermarket, with ingredients like peanuts, strawberries, coconut and honey, albeit with nutrition derived from specially farmed insects. The bars will be available throughout the whole long weekend at booth 4215 in the Exhibit Hall via special vending machines where fans will enter their email address in order to receive one. Anyone with seafood or nut allergies is advised to steer clear, though, as the ingredients may trigger them.

The bars themselves are a creation of Exo, a subsidiary of Aspire Food Group, a food production company with a mission to normalize the consumption of insects in the West – something that two billion of the world’s people already don’t consider strange or disgusting. Aspire’s CEO Mohammed Ashour said that this kind of customized partnership is not something he would typically consider, but made an exception in this case, stating “the alignment of Snowpiercer with Aspire’s own path of radical technology solutions to the real-world challenges of food insecurity and climate change made for a perfect partnership.

One aspect of Snowpiercer that made it stand out from other action movies was the streak of sociopolitical commentary running throughout that was just as important to the story as its battle sequences. The film acts as a microcosm of human society, and the challenge of feeding a population with dwindling resources is one very real problem that’s relevant to the modern world and needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. The Snowpiercer TV show will most likely address the same issues, and highlighting to people that eating insects need not be as revolting as they have been conditioned to believe. Plus, it could be one step towards solving the problem.

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2019-07-13 07:07:25

Andrew Marshall

Amazon’s The Boys Eying Aya Cash For Stormfront In Likely Season 2

The team behind Amazon’s upcoming series The Boys are already looking toward season 2 and reportedly considering Aya Cash for a major villainous role. Created by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, the titular group made their comic book debut in 2006. Set in a world where superheroes exist and have mostly become corrupted by the culture of celebrity surrounding them, Billy Butcher and his group take it upon themselves to hold them to account – by any means necessary.

Following the success of Preacher – which was also created by Ennis – Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg sought to bring to life the equally violent and quirky universe. Finding a home on Amazon, Rogen and Goldberg produced the series, with Supernatural creator Eric Kripke serving as the showrunner. Karl Urban (Thor: Ragnarok) was soon cast as Billy Butcher, who recruits Hughie (Jack Quaid) to the team after the latter suffers a personal tragedy at the hands of a superhero. The series will also star Elisabeth Shue, Antony Starr, and Erin Moriarty (Jessica Jones). Urban’s fellow Star Trek alum, Simon Pegg, will also appear as Hughie’s father; and that particular casting is especially meta, due to Pegg’s likeness being used for Hughie in the comics. Season 1 of the R-rated series will see The Boys attempting to bring down the world’s most revered superhero group: The Seven.

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Despite the fact that the episodes have yet to air, leaving fans in the dark as to the overall success of that mission, Kripke and Co are already looking towards season 2. Equally unknown is whether Amazon will opt to renew the series; though, given the general buzz surrounding the show, a second outing does seem likely. Whatever the case, Deadline has reported that the groundwork is already being laid. Cash is in talks to play the comic book villain, Stormfront.

The actress is best known for playing Gretchen Cutler on the acclaimed comedy series You’re the Worst. She also appeared in the Netflix series Easy and the FX limited series Fosse/Verdon opposite Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams. The character of Stormfront, who serves as the super-powered leader of a group called Payback, is visually inspired by such comic book heroes as Thor and Shazam, and the character’s public persona is that of a reincarnated Viking. In reality, however, he was a super soldier created by Nazis and, as such, holds some deeply unsavory views.

There is no word yet on how much from the character’s backstory will be adapted from the page to the screen. The mere fact Cash will potentially play the part shows that the team behind the show clearly have their own ideas for the villain. Given that Stormfront is also the name of an online white supremacist group, there could potentially be some real-world resonance. As such, having a female at the helm of such a collective will be a unique take. Then again, those kinds of connotations could be something Rogen and Co are looking to avoid with their divergent take on the character. Whatever the case, Cash has earned recognition via her recent roles and proven adept at the kind of dark comedy that the Amazon show will feature.

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The Boys season 1 will premiere July 26 on Amazon.

Source: Deadline

2019-07-12 05:07:30

John Atkinson

The Deuce Final Season Premieres In September | ScreenRant

HBO’s porn drama The Deuce will begin its third and final season in September, according to an official announcement from the network. The series, from creators George Pelecanos and David Simon, tracks the rise of the adult film industry from the ‘70s into the ‘80s as porn became widely available on formats like VHS. The shift in the industry is part of the show’s overall arc, one that’s highlighted by HBO’s marketing of season 3, which underlines the move from film to video and they ways in which that irrevocably changed the adult film industry. 

The series has been acclaimed since its premiere in 2017, following a sizable ensemble cast of characters played by Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Franco, Mustafa Shakir (Jett), Gary Carr (The Good Fight), Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (The Wire), Margarita Levieva (The Blacklist), Emily Meade (The Leftovers) and more. The series began in the ‘70s before taking a time jump several years forward in season 2, which saw many of its key players in different positions within the larger context of the story (some good, some not so good). And as the series prepares for its final run, The Deuce is prepared to jump into the ‘80s and the era of VHS. 

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The news was made today in an official announcement by HBO through the show’s Twitter account. The tweet shows an image of a VHS baring the title The Deuce and in hand-written marker, the early September premiere date, which will see the series make the move to Mondays. Check out the tweet with the premiere date announcement below: 

The series will have several storylines to wrap up in its final season, as many of its characters saw their lives changed in dramatic ways over the course of season 2. Most of those changes were a of a professional nature, as Gyllenhaal’s Eileen ‘Candy’ Merrell fought to legitimize her career as a female filmmaker within the male-dominated world of adult filmmaking. Meanwhile, Franco’s twin brothers Frankie and Vince Martino saw their involvement with organized crime become much more of a liability. As it stands now, a big part of The Deuce’s final season will be spent getting caught up with the various characters now that they’re in the ‘80s, and finding out how the changes in the adult film industry continue to alter their lives moving forward. 

The show itself will have some adjusting to do, as The Deuce moves from its usual Sunday-night time slot to Monday nights. Mondays have traditionally been reserved for HBO’s documentary series and films, but recently it’s seen success with shows like Chernobyl and the currently airing Years and Years. The third and final season of Divorce is also currently airing on Monday nights, which suggests the evening is meant to welcome new series and help usher older ones out to pasture. 

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The Deuce season 3 premieres Monday, September 9 @9pm on HBO.

2019-07-12 02:07:56

Kevin Yeoman