HBO is prepping their subscribers for a new slate of programming in 2018, releasing the first teaser for Alan Ball‘s (True Blood, Six Feet Under) upcoming series Here and Now. Set to premiere February 2018, the family-drama-with-a-twist stars Holly Hunter (The Piano) and Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption) as parents of a multi-racial family made up of three adopted children and one biological daughter, all grown up.
As you’ll see from the following teaser and synopsis, things for the family get complicated when things for one of them get…”complicated”:
A multi-racial family made up of husband, wife, three adopted children from Somalia, Vietnam and Colombia and one biological child, find their bonds tested when one of the children begins seeing things which the rest cannot.
Joining Hunter’s Audrey Black, a lawyer; and Robbins’ Greg Bishop, Audrey’s husband and philosophy professor, are: Jerrika Hinton as Ashley Bishop-Black, adopted by the Bishops from Somalia, now creator and owner of a retail fashion website; Raymond Lee as Duc, adopted from Vietnam when he was five, now a successful life coach; Daniel Zovatto as Ramon, adopted from an orphanage in Colombia at 18 months, now a college senior studying video game design; Sosie Bacon as Kristen, a junior in high school and the only biological child of her parents; Joe Williamson as Malcolm Smith, Ashley’s husband and Duc’s best friend, an assistant personal trainer for the Portland women’s soccer team; Andy Bean as Henry, a free spirit who falls in love with Ramon; and Marwan Salama as Navid.
Ball addressed his philosophy to the writing process in a video interview earlier in his career:
“I always say that if ‘True Blood’ were a presidential campaign, we would have a sign in the writer’s room that said, ‘It’s the emotions, stupid.’ You can come up with as many outlandish vampires, werewolves, and pyrotechnics as you can, but unless you care about these people then it’s just going to be meaningless.”