HBO orders The Wire Creator’s ‘70s Porn Pilot Starring James Franco as Twins

Norman Weiss
TV Tattle

HBO orders The Wire creator’s ‘70s porn pilot starring James Franco as twins

David Simon’s The Deuce will be set in Times Square amid the rise of the porn industry in the mid-70s, with Franco playing legendary twin porn kingpins. “We’re interested in what it means when profit is the primary metric for what we call society,” says Simon. “In that sense, this story is intended as neither prurient nor puritan. It’s about a product, and those human beings who created, sold, profited from and suffered with that product.” PLUS: HBO orders David Simon and Carl Bernstein’s pilot set in present-day Capitol Hill.


Bill Hader is the new precinct captain at Brooklyn Nine-Nine

The SNL alum will reunite with Andy Samberg, taking over the job left last season by Captain Holt.


A Prison Break limited series is officially a go at Fox

Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell will be back for a 10-episode sequel series that will pick up several years after the Prison Break series.


Empire co-creator Lee Daniels’ next Fox project: A girl-band drama called Star

The Atlanta-set drama will focus on the perspective of the artists, says Fox’s Gary Newman, who adds that Star is the "story of three young women, all with hopes of making it big, and the choices they’re faced with along the way. It will showcase the allure and heartache of the cut-throat music scene, while also exploring cultural themes from a new perspective.”


Ryan Phillippe to star in the TV remake of Shooter

The Secrets and Lies alum will take on Mark Wahlberg's role on USA’s remake of the 2007 film about an ex-Marine sniper who’s tasked with stopping a presidential assassination.


Bill O’Reilly pens an appreciation of Jon Stewart

The Fox News star writes: "I always looked forward to verbally jousting with the man even though, at times, I confused him with facts and I felt bad doing it.”


Pitbull is the latest big name to guest on Empire

The rapper will play himself on a Season 2 episode.


Longtime Late Show neighbor Hello Deli renames sandwich after Stephen Colbert

Rupert Gee has retired the “Letterman” name in favor of “The Colbert.”


Fox offers details of the Bones-Sleepy Hollow Halloween crossover

Booth and Brennan and Ichabod and Abbie will team up when they realize they’re following the same investigation. PLUS: Kim Raver to guest on Bones.


Gordon Ramsay inks a new two-year deal with Fox

That will mean more than 80 hours of Ramsay on Fox over the next two years.


Jason Sudeikis will return to The Last Man on Earth as a guest-star

Will Sudeikis actually be on Earth for Season 2?


TNT jumps on binging bandwagon with Public Morals

The first four episodes will be posted online after its TV debut on Aug. 25.


Jeffrey Tambor was “humbled” meeting Caitlyn Jenner

The Transparent star tells James Corden: "She's amazing and gorgeous and very dedicated ... This is serious business. It's about safety and lives are at stake, and she's very well intentioned, and I was very impressed."


Mr. Robinson has a good debut

Craig Robinson’s NBC sitcom premiered last night to 4.6 million viewers.


Judd Apatow is producing Flight of the Conchords alum Jemaine Clement’s new HBO series

“If you ever heard anyone talking about working with him, he actually pushes the comedy further. Makes your ideas good. It’s good exercise,” Clement says of his mysterious four-episode show.


Drake reunites with his former Degrassi co-stars

“Wheelchair Jimmy” had a reunion at a Toronto premiere with Daniel Clark, Lauren Collins and Adam Ruggiero.