national Arts Festival Banner

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


(Tim Robbins & Holly Hunter)

Presenting viewers with a seemingly progressive picture perfect family, Here And Now is a layered dramedy from the acclaimed, Academy Award winning producer and writer of American Beauty and Six Feet Under. Starting February 12 at 21h00 on M-Net 101, the series features an ensemble cast as the Bayer-Boatwright family.

Living in Portland Oregan, this multiracial household represent the model of a modern family: Greg is a respected philosophy professor, his wife Audrey is a conflict-resolution consultant for middle and high schools. Together the couple have adopted three children: Ashely, Duc and Ramon, and have one biological daughter, Kristen.

On the surface the clan appear to have it all, but Greg’s upcoming 60th birthday party soon reveals deep cracks in their domestic fa├žade.

Adopted from Vietnam, Duc is enjoying the fruits of a lucrative career as a “motivational architect” but his celibacy troubles the family. Liberian-born Ashley runs a retail-fashion business, and is beginning to struggle with her identity as an African-American woman in modern-day America – she also seems to be finding more and more reason to shake up her marriage with her husband, Malcolm. At 17, Kristen is the youngest child, irritated by her ordinary life and unextraordinary heritage in comparison to her more exotic siblings. Finally, Colombian-born son Ramon has started having inexplicable, mysterious hallucinogenic encounters with the numbers ’11:11’ and is forced to begin therapy as a result.

Provocative, darkly comic and a little bit supernatural, the dramedy offers a meditation on the contrasting forces dividing contemporary America while exploring what it’s like to be an “other” in today’s world.

Here and Now stars Oscar winner Tim Robbins (Mystic River), Oscar winner Holly Hunter (The Piano), 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 series was created and executive produced by Alan Ball (Six Feet Under, American Beauty), Peter Macdissi (Banshee, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) and David Knoller (Big Love).

Read more about favourite shows on Follow M-Net on Twitter @MNet and Facebook