HERE AND NOW Drama Series Debuts This February On HBO
Created by Alan Ball (Emmy® winner for HBO's "Six Feet Under"; Oscar® winner for "American Beauty"), the drama series HERE AND NOW begins its ten-episode season SUNDAY, FEB. 11 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO. Tim Robbins (Oscar® winner for "Mystic River") and Holly Hunter (Emmy® winner for HBO's "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom"; Oscar® winner for "The Piano") star in the show, which offers a provocative, darkly comic meditation on the disparate forces polarizing contemporary America, exploring what it's like to be an "other" today.
On the surface, the Bayer-Boatwrights of Portland, Ore. are the model of a progressive, multiracial family. Greg is a respected philosophy professor and author; his wife, Audrey, is a former therapist turned conflict-resolution consultant for middle and high schools. Greg and Audrey have three adopted children, Ashley, Duc and Ramon, and a biological daughter, Kristen. But as Audrey prepares for Greg's 60th birthday party, deep cracks begin to appear in the domestic façade, threatening to upend their very way of life, and they are eventually forced to take Ramon to Dr. Farid Shokrani, a Muslim psychiatrist with demons of his own.
Jerrika Hinton ("Grey's Anatomy"), Daniel Zovatto ("Don't Breathe"), Raymond Lee ("Mozart in the Jungle"), Sosie Bacon ("The Closer"), Andy Bean ("Power"), Joe Williamson (HBO's "Looking") and Peter Macdissi (HBO's "Six Feet Under") also star in the series, which is executive produced by Alan Ball, Peter Macdissi (CINEMAX's "Banshee," HBO Films' "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks") and David Knoller (HBO's "Big Love").
Greg (Tim Robbins) and Audrey (Holly Hunter) adopted three children from different countries and backgrounds in an effort to create a family that reflects the multicultural potential of the country. The Colombian-born Ramon (Daniel Zovatto), who's starting a relationship with Henry (Andy Bean), a barista, begins therapy with Dr. Farid Shokrani (Peter Macdissi) after hallucinogenic encounters with the numbers "11:11." Duc (Raymond Lee), adopted from Vietnam, enjoys the fruits of a lucrative career as a "motivational architect," but his celibacy troubles the family.
Liberian-born Ashley (Jerrika Hinton), who runs a retail-fashion business, begins to struggle with her identity as an African-American woman in modern-day America and is finding more and more reason to shake up her marriage with her husband, Malcolm (Joe Williamson). And Kristen (Sosie Bacon), the youngest child at 17, chafes at her banal life and heritage, especially compared to her more exotic siblings.