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Here and Now

USA, English, 60 mins

  • Director: Uta Briesewitz; Alan Ball; Jeremy Podeswa
  • Writer: Alan Ball; Mohamad el Masri
  • Producer: Alan Ball; David Knoller; Peter Macdissi

CGiii Comment

With the likes of American Beauty, Six Feet Under and, True Blood under his belt...when Alan Ball announces a project, people take notice.

When you have Holly Hunter and Tim Robbins starring...people take notice.

Expectations could not have run any higher...and then, the first episode dropped...like a bomb!

WTF!!!

This box-ticking, BAME-infused, politically correct hogwash has absolutely no idea what it is...is it a philosophical family drama? Is is a sci-fi-ish family drama? Is it a dippy-hippy family drama? Whatever it is...this is a family you will want to avoid like the plague. They are all ghastly people...stuffed full of issues, with barely a tissue of interest.

This is your quintessential 'Rainbow family' - they are the [over-controlling] Mom, the [philosophically-cheating] Dad...and the kids...the biological toxic-teen daughter with teen issues, the adopted gay-latino with [severe] mental health issues, the adopted black fashion guru with race issues, the adopted asian motivational [celibate] architect with life issues...

SPOILERS!!!

The gay one has hallunications around the number 11:11, the teen loses her virginity wearing a horse-head mask to a male model and ends up bonking a gender-fluid muslim boy, the fashion guru becomes a millionaire and the celibate loses it! As for the parents...who cares?!?

There is a glimmer of light, one character is prima facie decent...but, he ends up dead and is outed as a purveyor of domestic abuse!!!

You couldn't make this poop up...but, Alan Ball did!!!A few bad days at the office!

After only10 episodes, it got what it deserved: Cancelled.


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The(ir) Blurb...

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.

Cast & Characters

Holly Hunter as Audrey Bayer-Boatwright;
Sosie Bacon as Kristen Black;
Jerrika Hinton as Ashley Black;
Raymond Lee as Duc Black;
Tim Robbins as Greg Bishop;
Daniel Zovatto as Ramon Black;
Marwan Salama as Navid Shokrani;
Joe Williamson as Malcolm Collins;
Necar Zadegan as Minou;
Avynn Crowder-Jones as Hailey Collins;
Andy Bean as Henry Bergen;
Madeline Bertani as Madison Conway;
Fernanda Andrade as Carmen Torres;
Lizze Broadway as Becca;
Christina Burdette as Kara Pruitt

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