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HBO’s Alan Ball Series Casts Tim Robbins

21 February 2017 1:29 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Veteran actor Tim Robbins has joined the cast of Alan Ball’s latest series for HBO.

Joining actress Holly Hunter, the Academy Award-winning actor best known for his performance in the classic prison drama The Shawshank Redemption, will star in the 10 episode family drama from the man behind Six Feet Under.

Robbins will play a philosophy professor named Greg and the series will revolve around a contemporary family as Greg, his lawyer wife, their three adopted kids and one biological child, deal with harbouring rifts that start to affect the family.

The drama received a straight to series order last summer and is the latest collaboration between HBO and Ball who have worked together on dramas True Blood and Six Feet Under.

Ball will serve as executive producer for this new series along with Peter Macdissi. »

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Tim Robbins Joins HBO’s Alan Ball Series

21 February 2017 9:30 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Tim Robbins has joined the cast of HBO’s family drama from Alan Ball, Variety has learned.

The Academy Award winner will star alongside Holly Hunter in the untitled 10-episode series.

The series focuses on a contemporary multi-racial family: a philosophy professor, his lawyer wife, their three adopted children from Somalia, Vietnam and Colombia, and their sole biological child. This seemingly perfect, progressive family is in actuality harboring deep rifts. Then, one of the children begins to see things others cannot — is it mental illness, or something else? The series is described as a tragicomic meditation on the complicated forces at work on us all in America today.

Robbins will play the philosophy professor, Greg. He is questioning his life, his purpose, and the world in which he lives — a world in which it seems the bad guys have won — and his strained relationship with his wife Audrey (Hunter) adds to his overall anxiety.

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TV News Roundup: Alan Ball Casts New HBO Show, ‘Nashville’ Debuts Decently on Cmt

6 January 2017 3:25 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In this week’s TV News Roundup, Alan Ball and HBO announce new cast members for an untitled show, and a new CNN film on President Obama and Peter Berg’s new sports docuseries get premiere dates.


HBO’s untitled Alan Ball series surrounding an interracial family has cast new leads. Alongside the previously announced Holly Hunter, the show will feature Sosie Bacon (“Scream”), Daniel Zovatto (“Fear the Walking Dead”), Raymond Lee, and Jerrika Hinton (“Grey’s Anatomy”). The family, which includes now-adult adopted children and one adolescent biological child, struggles to answer why one of the children has begun to see things the others cannot. Hunter’s character, the matriarch, loses her balance as her children reach adulthood and her husband struggles with depression. Ball, through his Your Face Goes Here, will co-executive produce along with Peter Macdissi.


CNN Films‘ new special providing viewers with an intimate portrait of the Obama presidency has been »

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