HBO’s new dysfunctional family drama Here and Now continues its 10 episode season one run with three new episodes airing in March 2018. The series was created by Alan Ball (True Blood, Six Feet Under), with Ball, Peter Macdissi (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks), and David Knoller (Big Love) executive producing.
Holly Hunter and Tim Robbins lead the cast which includes 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 (Looking), and Peter Macdissi (Six Feet Under).
The Plot: 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.
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.
Here and Now March 2018 Episodes:
Episode #4: “Hide and Seek”
Debut date: SUNDAY, MARCH 4 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Greg (Tim Robbins) and Audrey (Holly Hunter) look to the past to find financing for the Empathy Initiative. Kristen (Sosie Bacon) is partnered with Navid (Marwan Salama), Farid’s son, in a school project, and learns there’s more to him than meets the eye. Farid (Peter Macdissi) debates Islam with the mosque’s Imam (Michael Weaver), much to Layla’s (Necar Zadegan) chagrin. Ramon (Daniel Zovatto) worries that he may have shared too much with Henry (Andy Bean). The family heads to a familiar retreat to celebrate Hailey’s (Avynn Crowder-Jones) birthday, with an unexpected conclusion
Written by Nancy Oliver; directed by Jeremy Podeswa.
Episode #5: “From Sun Up to Sun Down”
Debut date: SUNDAY, MARCH 11 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Farid (Peter Macdissi) has trouble separating professional and personal perspectives after Ramon’s (Daniel Zovatto) most recent incident. Kristen (Sosie Bacon) and Navid (Marwan Salama) stumble onto potentially incriminating activity. Duc (Raymond Lee) and Carmen (Fernanda Andrade) make a pledge over tea. Ashley (Jerrika Hinton) and Malcolm (Joe Williamson) have dinner with the parents of Haley’s classmate, but come away with divergent opinions about the couple.
Written by J.R. Edwards; directed by Jeremy Podeswa.
Episode #6: “Fight, Death”
Debut date: SUNDAY, MARCH 18 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Rocked by a disturbing revelation, Ramon (Daniel Zovatto) escapes into the past. Farid (Peter Macdissi) looks for meaning in a translation, while Kristen (Sosie Bacon) takes comfort in the music of the Torah. Audrey (Holly Hunter) finds that an old college friend, Steven Benjamin (Tim DeKay), is receptive to her Empathy Initiative pitch. Greg (Tim Robbins) works out with Duc (Raymond Lee) and Michael (Kevin Bigley), and submits a foreword to Duc’s soon-to-be-published self-help book.
Written by Wes Taylor; directed by Lisa Cholodenko.