Here and Now (2018 TV series)

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Here and Now
Here and Now.png
GenreDark comedy[1]
Drama
Created byAlan Ball
StarringHolly Hunter
Tim Robbins
Daniel Zovatto
Jerrika Hinton
Raymond Lee
Sosie Bacon
Joe Williamson
Andy Bean
Peter Macdissi
Composer(s)Michael Penn
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Alan Ball
Peter Macdissi
David Knoller
Producer(s)Steve Oster
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Your Face Goes Here Entertainment
HBO Entertainment
Release
Original networkHBO
Picture format16:9 HDTV
Original releaseFebruary 11 – April 15, 2018
External links
Website

Here and Now is an American drama television series created by Alan Ball.[2] The series consists of ten episodes and premiered on HBO on February 11, 2018.[3] Starring Holly Hunter and Tim Robbins, the series focuses on a contemporary multiracial family in the Portland area.[4] The show's plot involves many issues including race, identity and mental illness.

On April 25, 2018, HBO canceled the series after one season.[5]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Holly Hunter as Audrey Bayer, a therapist[4]
  • Tim Robbins as Greg Boatwright, Audrey's husband and philosophy professor[4]
  • Jerrika Hinton as Ashley Collins, adopted by the Bayer-Boatwrights from Liberia, now creator and owner of a retail fashion website[6]
  • Raymond Lee as Duc Bayer-Boatwright, adopted from Vietnam when he was five, now a successful life coach and womanizer[6]
  • Daniel Zovatto as Ramon Bayer-Boatwright, adopted from an orphanage in Colombia at 18 months, now a college senior studying video game design[6]
  • Sosie Bacon as Kristen Bayer-Boatwright, a junior in high school and her parents' only biological child[6]
  • Joe Williamson as Malcolm Collins, Ashley's husband and Duc's best friend, an assistant personal trainer for the Portland women’s soccer team[7]
  • Andy Bean as Henry, a free spirit who falls in love with Ramon[7]
  • Peter Macdissi as Dr. Farid Shokrani, Ramon's therapist
  • Marwan Salama as Navid Shokrani[2]
  • Necar Zadegan as Layla Shokrani

Guest starring[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Eleven Eleven"Alan BallAlan BallFebruary 11, 2018 (2018-02-11)0.541[9]
The Bayer-Boatwrights are a multicultural family consisting of the patriarch Greg, (Tim Robbins) a professor — having an affair with a prostitute — who is having his 60th birthday, organized by his wife Audrey (Holly Hunter) and only biological child, Kristen (Sosie Bacon) an introverted high school student. They also have three adopted children: Ashley (Jerrika Hinton), adopted from Liberia, a fashion designer who is married with a biological daughter; Duc (Raymond Lee), adopted from Vietnam, a life coach; and Ramon (Daniel Zovatto), adopted from Colombia, who is in a relationship with free-spirited Henry (Andy Bean). The party goes awry when Ramon starts hallucinating and seeing the figures 11:11 constantly. He starts to see a therapist, and Audrey suspects it is schizophrenia.
2"It's Coming"Uta BriesewitzAlan BallFebruary 18, 2018 (2018-02-18)0.368[10]
Ramon notices during his therapy session conducted by therapist Farid (Fred) Shrokani, (Peter Macdissi) both that the woman in Ramon's dream is the therapist's mother and that 11:11 is his therapists birthday. The therapist also has a gender-fluid son who likes to cross dress and wear a hijab. Kristen has sex for the first time with a model whom Ashley brought to their father's birthday and contracts an STD. They visit a Planned Parenthood clinic and Kristen kicks a protester in the groin and she and Ashley are arrested. Duc gets his book published and has various amount of one night stands. Greg tells his students in a lecture to leave and enjoy life and one of his students ask if he is okay. Audrey decides to host a family meeting to discuss the state of Ramon's health without Ramon; Kristen tells him, and Ramon barges in and tells them it's his decision. Greg drives down and hits a fork in the road, sees 11 11 on a road sign then heads in the wrong direction.
3"If a Deer Shits in the Woods"Uta BriesewitzMohamad El MasriFebruary 25, 2018 (2018-02-25)0.385[11]
4"Hide and Seek"Jeremy PodeswaNancy OliverMarch 4, 2018 (2018-03-04)0.300[12]
5"From Sun Up To Sun Down"Jeremy PodeswaJ.R. EdwardsMarch 11, 2018 (2018-03-11)0.333[13]
6"Fight, Death"Lisa CholodenkoWes TaylorMarch 18, 2018 (2018-03-18)0.357[14]
7"Wake"Lisa CholodenkoTanya BarfieldMarch 25, 2018 (2018-03-25)0.384[15]
8"Yes"Janicza BravoNancy OliverApril 1, 2018 (2018-04-01)0.364[16]
9"Dream Logic"Minkie SpiroCharles YuApril 8, 2018 (2018-04-08)0.369[17]
10"It's Here"Jeremy PodeswaAlan BallApril 15, 2018 (2018-04-15)0.382[18]
Ramon smells a fire, which Haley confirms in the treehouse, so Ramon drops Haley out of the treehouse onto the ground, and she fractures her arm. Audrey, Ashely and Kristen take her to the ER while Ramon, Greg and Duc stay. Ramon sees a man on fire and tries to pursue him, while Duc hammers his father on sleeping with an asian escort, for not writing the preface for his book and for treating Ramon like his favourite despite his mental problems. Greg confronts him on his celibacy lies and the two men have a fallout. Farid feels even more guilt about his childhood, getting his father killed and not answering his mother when she called him when he went to America. He continues whipping his own back as punishment, to the point where his wife and son leave him for San Francisco. Kristen and Navid also have a fight when Navid just wants to be friends instead of having sex, however they make before he leaves. Ashley gets that job interview and realizes she was just a diversity hire despite the insistence of the manager, she struggles to decide whether take the job. Audrey appears on a morning talk show, and is confronted by her bosses ties to child labour and suicide prevention techniques. Duc and Carmen spend the night together and she senses that he has pain from his biological mother who was a prostitute. They begin to have a healthy sexual relationship afterwards. Ramon plays the game he created, sees the glitches telling him to look "go to the mountain" and the message is from "1111". He bikes to the mountain, but gets his bike stolen by a guy that his previous boyfriend slept with, who reveals his name is Henry. Greg visits Audrey's brother who has the same problems as Ramon. Farid, now with blood over his shirt and back, visits his imam, speaks about Islam and search for the answers in life. When the clock strikes 11:11, Mount Hood erupts. The final shot shows Ramon on Mount Hood confronting the man on fire, then the man on fire leaves, which prompts Ramon to follow him.

Production[edit]

HBO ordered the series in July 2016.[19]

Casting[edit]

On January 31, 2018, it was announced that Stephanie Arcila and Erin Carufel signed onto the series in the recurring roles of Mami and Wendy, respectively.[20]

Filming[edit]

The series is partially filmed in Portland, Oregon.[21]

Marketing[edit]

The teaser trailer of the first season was released in December 2017.[1][22]

Reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season has a 24% approval rating based 41 reviews from critics, with an average rating of 4.59/10, while holding an 86% fresh score from audiences. The critics consensus reads, "Here and Now clearly has a point it wants to make, but a nebulous plot and unfocused character development stand in the way of its potential."[23] On Metacritic, it has a score of 46 out of 100 based 31 reviews.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "'Here and Now' trailer teases 'True Blood' creator's Trump-era HBO series". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Petski, Denise (August 9, 2017). "'Chance' Casts David Barrera; Marwan Salama Joins Alan Ball's HBO Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  3. ^ Petski, Denise (December 19, 2017). "'Here And Now': Alan Ball's Series Gets Premiere Date On HBO". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie (February 21, 2017). "Tim Robbins To Star In Alan Ball's Family Drama Series For HBO". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  5. ^ Neille, Andreeva (April 25, 2018). "Alan Ball's Drama 'Here and Now' Canceled By HBO After One Season". Deadline. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d Andreeva, Nellie (January 6, 2017). "Alan Ball HBO Series Casts Sosie Bacon, Daniel Zovatto, Raymond Lee & Jerrika Hinton". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Goldberg, Lesley (February 24, 2017). "HBO's Alan Ball Drama Adds Pair to Cast". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  8. ^ Ollison, Rashod (February 9, 2018). "Hampton actor Trent Garrett stays busy with acting career". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
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  12. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (March 6, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 3.4.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  13. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (March 13, 2018). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 3.11.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  14. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (March 20, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 3.18.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
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  16. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (April 3, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.1.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  17. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (April 10, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.8.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  18. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (April 17, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.15.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  19. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 30, 2016). "HBO Orders New Alan Ball Series, Extends Overall Deal With 'Six Feet Under' Creator". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  20. ^ Petski, Denise (January 31, 2018). "'Here And Now': Stephanie Arcila & Erin Carufel Set To Recur In Alan Ball's HBO Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  21. ^ "First look at HBO Portland-filmed series, 'Here and Now'". OregonLive.com. December 2017. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  22. ^ "'Here and Now' Trailer Reveals 'True Blood' Creator Alan Ball's New HBO Series". Collider. December 4, 2017. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  23. ^ "Here and Now: Season 1 - Rotten Tomatoes". Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  24. ^ "Here and Now". Retrieved March 20, 2018.

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