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Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball: 'I don't care if people don't find my new show likable'

Ball’s new project Here and Now has been derided as liberal tosh by the Us right and painfully woke by the left. Luckily, he doesn’t care

There are family dramas, and then there is Six Feet Under. Alan Ball’s series about the lives, loves and lies of the Fisher family, which ran for five years between 2001 and 2005, is the family drama by which all others should be judged. A darkly funny mediation on love and death that could infuriate, but always enthralled right up until the memorable final episode, which provided a flash forward to each character’s death.

Now, after a decade spent among the vampires of True Blood and executive producing the boisterous crime drama Banshee, Ball has turned his gaze back on the American family. His new series, Here and Now, which starts on Sky Atlantic on Tuesday, follows the travails and triumphs of
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Midnight, Texas renewed for season 2

Kirsten Howard Feb 15, 2018

Midnight, Texas is the little supernatural show that could! NBC has ordered a second season of the Charlaine Harris adaptation...

Midnight, Texas arrived on the small screen in 2017 as a mid-season replacement show with mixed reviews, and not many people expected it to last beyond its placeholder existence in the line-up, but this week NBC has confirmed that not only did season 1 do rather well, but that season 2 is also in the pipeline.

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The first season ended up being the network's top rated summer drama in the coveted 18-49 demo last year, they announced this week, and now the series - based on the bestselling novels by Charlaine Harris - along with stars Francois Arnaud, Dylan Bruce, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Arielle Kebbel and Jason Lewis, will be back. Hurrah!
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Five Things You Didn’t Know about HBO’s “Here and Now”

Here and Now is a new drama that has started up on HBO. The first season of the series will feature 10 episodes, which will be broadcast on a weekly basis until the tenth episode is shown on April 15 of 2018. Here are five things that you may or may not have known about Here and Now: Created By Alan Ball Here and Now was created by Alan Ball, who can claim distinction for a number of projects over the course of his career. For example, he was the one who wrote American Beauty. Furthermore, he was the one

Five Things You Didn’t Know about HBO’s “Here and Now
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Here and Now: Season One Ratings

HBO and Alan Ball have enjoyed a lucrative partnership over the years with successful TV series like Six Feet Under and True Blood. Now they've introduced his new Here and Now TV show. With Ball's fan cred and headliners like Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter, will this look at modern life appeal to today's audience and rack up some good ratings? Will Here and Now be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned. An HBO comedy-drama, Here and Now also stars Jerrika Hinton, Daniel Zovatto, Raymond Lee, Sosie Bacon, Andy Bean, Joe Williamson, Peter Macdissi, Avynn Crowder-Jones, Stephanie Arcila, and Erin Carufel. The series centers on a progressive white couple, Greg (Robbins) and Audrey (Hunter), and their multi-ethnic brood, as well as a contemporary Muslim psychiatrist (Macdissi). While they don’t always make the best choices in this world gone mad, they’re all
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‘Here and Now’: The Case for Crazy, Bad TV Over Good But Boring Shows

‘Here and Now’: The Case for Crazy, Bad TV Over Good But Boring Shows
“Here and Now” dropped a jam-packed pilot Sunday night, the best episode of its first four. Actually, it’s the only good episode of the first four, and it’s not even good enough to make the rest of the series worth recommending. But it is different. Alan Ball’s HBO series is unlike most family dramas, supernatural dramas, or just dramas in general, and in a landscape of nearly 500 scripted original series, that’s something to savor.

But most people won’t. Most people will flip over to the Olympics or turn on Netflix and see what’s newly available to binge. It feels like “Here and Now’s” time has already come and gone, be it due to the rough reviews or just an overall lack of buzz. In 2018, it’s not good enough to be different; a new show has to be good, too. Actually, shows that
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Here and Now

Network: HBO. Episodes: Ongoing (hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: February 11, 2018 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Tim Robbins, Holly Hunter, Jerrika Hinton, Daniel Zovatto, Raymond Lee, Sosie Bacon, Andy Bean, Joe Williamson, Peter Macdissi, Avynn Crowder-Jones, Stephanie Arcila, and Erin Carufel. TV show description: From creator Alan Ball who executive produces with Peter Macdissi, the Here and Now TV show is a comedy-drama about life in modern-day America. The series follows a progressive white couple, Greg (Robbins) and Audrey (Hunter), and their multi-ethnic brood, as well as a contemporary Muslim psychiatrist (Macdissi). When Audrey and Greg met and fell in love at Berkeley, they decided to adopt children
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Here and Now review – Alan Ball's woke family drama is stiflingly self-important

Holly Hunter and Tim Robbins are the parents of an interracial family in a handsomely mounted yet embarrassingly on-the-nose show from the creator of Six Feet Under

There’s an undoubted set of good intentions behind Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball’s glossy new family drama Here and Now. In promotional interviews, he’s spoken about his desire not to make “another show about another white family” and given his preferred network HBO’s tendency to avoid centering their event dramas around people of color, it’s a progressive outlook.

It’s not just an awareness of racial diversity that’s spurred him to tell this particular story. Within the first two episodes, there are also gay characters, Muslim characters and a trans Muslim character, helping to make the show at least appear like one of the most inclusive of the golden era. But one thing the show doesn
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‘Pod Save America’ Is Coming to HBO, Because Why Listen to Something When You Can Watch It Too?

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Good news, friends of the pod: Your twice-weekly audio update on the state of the union is coming to TV. HBO has announced that it’s producing a series of hour-long specials alongside the political podcast hosted by Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer, and Tommy Vietor. The four former aides to President Obama launched the podcast last year, just as Donald Trump took office.

“At a time when politics affect the lives of Americans more than ever before, ‘Pod Save America’ has brought fresh and thoughtful voices to the discussion,” said HBO head of programming Casey Bloys. “We’re excited to share the irreverent and entertaining insights of these savvy observers with the HBO audience.”

“The best part of ‘Pod Save America’ is taking the show on the road and meeting activists, candidates and people who are getting involved in politics for the first time,” said Favreau, Lovett, and Vietor.
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Alan Ball Opens Up About Exploring the Meaning of Life With HBO's 'Here and Now'

Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball returns to HBO on Sunday with his first TV series since True Blood wrapped its seven-season run in 2014. Here and Now, starring Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter, a 10-episode, straight-to-series drama that centers on a contemporary multiracial family in Trump America.

To hear Ball tell it, the decision to return to the family drama genre was based on need that HBO had — and his way of putting an updated spin on the tried and true stories that are often at the center of them. In Here and Now, Robbins plays a philosophy...
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‘Here and Now’ Review: Supernatural Twist or Not, Alan Ball’s Overstuffed HBO Drama Feels Like a Parallel Universe

Through four episodes, it’s unclear what “Here and Now” is actually about. Fitting given its vague title, but confounding overall, the new HBO series pivots from a strong, focused pilot into an ongoing story that’s too sprawling for its own good. Allegorically, creator Alan Ball asks if the grand American experiment has failed; if the melting pot has cracked and chaos is all that remains. Practically, his series uses one family to represent the country and, by living their day-to-day lives, answer such lofty questions.

That’s an excellent canvas on which to paint, but “Here and Now” looks more like a messy Jackson Pollock knockoff than the refined post-modern portrait it tries to be. It’s colorful and easy to stare at, somewhat befuddled, but a connection has yet to be forged. Packed with too many individual plot lines, this is an interpersonal drama that needs room
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How HBO's 'Here and Now' Reflects Multicultural America

In the second episode of Alan Ball's latest HBO drama, Here and Now, Jerrika Hinton's Ashley and her younger sister, Kristen (Sosie Bacon), are arrested. While the white, 17-year-old Kristen laughs her way through her experience, joking with the female police officer in charge of her booking, Ashley, who is black, has a very different experience. She is stoic and quiet as the not-as-friendly cop puts her through several indignities, implying she stole her expensive leather purse, ruining her wig and performing an extra-thorough cavity search.

"[Here and Now is] allowing these characters to live in our real world," Grey's Anatomy...
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‘Here & Now’ & ‘Queer Eye’ Review: Divided America Deserves Better

The biggest roadblock to HBO's Here and Now and Netflix's Queer Eye is that they are stuck in their own presumptions. Essentially caught in the vortex of Donald Trump, the former is a mess and the latter is surprisingly staid. Additionally, in the case of the February 11-debuting drama about a progressive and multi-ethnic Portland family, the Alan Ball-created and Holly Hunter- and Tim Robbins-led Here and Now oddly never progresses beyond an unwieldy tale with…
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'Here and Now' Team Talks Politics and Family Drama in Trump Era

When Tim Robbins signed on to star in Alan Ball's latest HBO project, the family drama Here and Now, he knew that the show would tackle America in the Trump era, and he embraced it.

"What I loved about the script was it was speaking to this moment that we're living in," he told The Hollywood Reporter on the red carpet Monday night at the premiere for the new series. "The fear that's there, the anxiety, and the emergence of a voice that has been dormant for a long time, a racist voice that is suddenly empowered in this country...
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TV Review: Holly Hunter and Tim Robbins in ‘Here and Now’ on HBO

A HBO series featuring Holly Hunter and Tim Robbins should be cause for celebration. Unfortunately, the new Alan Ball family drama “Here and Now” strands its cast in episodes that are as undercooked as they are interminable.

In “Here and Now,” Hunter and Robbins play the well-meaning, progressive parents of four children of different races (the three oldest were adopted; the youngest, a high schooler, is their biological child). The show tries to be a few different things: A meditation on the state of political and interpersonal discourse in a polarized America; a sprawling story of two families in Portland who become linked; and an exploration of mental illness, the efficacies of self-help philosophies and the possibilities of mystical intuition.

If only these thematic strands didn’t involve people who are mostly insufferable.

So much free-floating resentment and generalized irritation pervades “Here and Now” that it’s easy to wonder if some of the characters — even those who
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Alan Ball on New HBO Show ‘Here and Now’: ‘I Didn’t Want Another Show About Another White Family’

Alan Ball on New HBO Show ‘Here and Now’: ‘I Didn’t Want Another Show About Another White Family’
“Here and Now” creator and executive producer Alan Ball explained why he didn’t want to depict “another white family” in his new HBO series at the premiere screening Monday in Los Angeles.

“When I sat down to write the pilot, I didn’t want to write another show about another white family and their white problems,” Ball said. “There’s nothing wrong with that. There’s been a lot of great shows on air that do that really, really well. But it wasn’t interesting enough to me.”

Ball said he learns more from watching characters with other cultural experiences besides “middle-class problems.” While the families shown in “Here and Now” certainly come from a wealthy background, they experience a wide range of issues. The show explores the effects of colorism, being Muslim, adoption from foreign countries, and much more between two connected families.

“I tried to create a family through whose eyes we could look at
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Westworld Season 2 Sets Premiere Date — Watch First Full Trailer

Westworld Season 2 Sets Premiere Date — Watch First Full Trailer
Now that we’ve gotten a good glimpse at Westworld‘s Season 2, we think that tiger might’ve gotten off easy.

The HBO sci-fi drama dropped part of a trailer for its sophomore season during Super Bowl Lii Sunday. And wow, have things gone from bad to berserk in the robot theme park. Among the preview’s notable moments: a mechanical bull about to gore a park security employee, a faceless robot (?) in motion behind Bernard, Logan alive!, Clementine peering out of a behind-the-scenes examination room and Dolores promising this: “We will burn it to the ground and build a new world.
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'Here and Now': TV Review

Since it often plays like This Is Us with sex, and it's never shy about concocting emotion at every turn, there's definitely going to be an audience for HBO's Here and Now, the new drama from Six Feet Under and True Blood creator Alan Ball. There's a secret at the heart of the show as well, but one that has weirder, more paranormal roots. Oh, and Here and Now also wants to take on Trump, post-election depression, possibly some liberal idealism and race absolutely, with some gender issues in there as well, plus gay and possibly trans culture, the notion...
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10 Best TV Shows to See in February: Tupac & Biggie, Clapton Doc and More

10 Best TV Shows to See in February: Tupac & Biggie, Clapton Doc and More
Yes, the TV season kicks back in full swing following the winter hiatus that often seeps into the first half of January – which means what, exactly? How about a few high-profile premieres (including welcome regular gigs for small-screen favorites Glenn Howerton, Christina Hendricks and Parks and Rec alumna Retta)? Or a host of miniseries and specials, from an Eric Clapton bio-doc to a new true-crime series devoted to Biggie and Tupac murders? Or the self-proclaimed "Cocoa Khaleesis" of 2 Dope Queens breaking out on their HBO? Here's what you'll be tuning in to,
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February TV Premieres: 14 New Shows To Look Out For This Month

February TV Premieres: 14 New Shows To Look Out For This Month
Well, we did it. One month down, 11 more to go. It’s 2018 and even if you wiped the DVR clean as the calendar switched over, odds are good that you’re already drowning under the weight of new TV. As much as we’d like to tell you to have no fear, let us instead help you embrace the countless hours’ worth of new programming heading your way.

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If the Winter Olympics aren’t your thing (aside from curling, of course, because everyone loves curling), here are some upcoming brand new series that might just make up a big chunk of the February TV conversation.

“AP Bio” (February 1, NBC)

Glenn Howerton stars as an unrepentant asshole instructor in this new series from “SNL” alum Mike O’Brien. Patton Oswalt co-stars, along with Lyric Lewis and an army of confused teenagers.
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