The Darkly Comic HBO Series "Here and Now" Examines the Polarizing Forces in Present-Day America

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06 February 2018
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Here and Now
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"Here and Now"
Premieres Sunday, February 11 from 9 to 10 PM ET/PT
on HBO

          From Oscar® and Emmy® winner Alan Ball, and starring Oscar® and Golden Globe winner Tim Robbins and Oscar®, Emmy® and Golden Globe winner Holly Hunter, the show is a provocative and darkly comic meditation on the disparate forces polarizing present-day American culture, as experienced by the members of a progressive multi-ethnic family – a philosophy professor and his wife, their adopted children from Vietnam, Liberia and Colombia, and their sole biological child – and a contemporary Muslim family, headed by a psychiatrist who is treating one of their children. Jerrika Hinton, Daniel Zovatto, Raymond Lee, Sosie Bacon, Andy Bean, Joe Williamson and Peter Macdissi also star.
               
               
February’s episodes:

“Eleven, Eleven”
SUNDAY, FEB. 11 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT)
 

As Audrey Bayer (Hunter) puts the finishing touches on her husband Greg’s 60th birthday party – a milestone Greg (Robbins) is loath to celebrate – cracks begin to emerge in their progressive, multiracial family. Ramon (Zovatto), the couple’s Colombian-born son, who’s just starting a relationship with Henry (Bean), a barista, is having unexplained, recurring encounters with the numbers “11:11.” Duc (Lee), adopted from Vietnam, enjoys the fruits of a lucrative career as a “motivational architect,” but his celibacy troubles Audrey. Liberian-born Ashley (Hinton), a successful fashion-industry exec, is finding more and more reason to shake up her marriage with her husband, Malcolm (Williamson). And 17-year-old Kristen (Bacon), the couple’s youngest child, chafes at her banal life, especially compared to her more exotic siblings. After a troubling incident at the birthday party, Audrey and Greg take Ramon to a therapist, Dr. Farid Shokrani (Macdissi), who has an unlikely and unexplainable connection to the young man.
         
Here and Now
Photo: Ali Paige Goldstein/HBO

“It’s Coming”
SUNDAY, FEB. 18 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT)

 
Ramon and Shokrani explore the possible psychic connection between “11:11” and a photograph in the doctor’s office. Kristen and Ashley run into trouble. Duc gets good news about his self-help manuscript, but his mood is dampened by the publisher’s request. Audrey is enlisted to help break up a politically incorrect new society at school. Disturbed in part by a medical diagnosis, Greg loses his cool in the classroom. Ramon crashes a family meeting.
         
 
“If a Deer Sh*ts in the Woods”
SUNDAY, FEB. 25 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT)

 
Greg gets detoured in the wilderness on the way to an ethics convention. Audrey finds herself in the media crosshairs after a hate crime at school. Following a mountain-bike race with best friend Malcolm and their pals, Duc reveals the secret to staying in control, a credo that’s tested by Carmen, a fellow life coach. Haunted by a painful memory, Shokrani looks for unconventional help to get him through a wedding. With help from Ashley, Kristen’s crush on a predator comes to an end. Audrey ends an otherwise bad day with a rare good night with Greg.

 
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