Is This HBO Show the New This Is Us?
If you want more family drama, you’re going to want to tune into this.
Everyone can’t get enough of the Pearson family—This Is Us is one of NBC’s top-rated shows and it’s racked up plenty of nominations and awards (congrats again, Sterling K. Brown on your recent Golden Globe win). Plus, don’t get us started on the fact that we’re going to find out how Jack died soon (someone send us a lifetime supply of tissues). But if you’re a masochist and want to revel in more family tear-jerking drama, HBO has a new show that will satisfy that need. It’s called Here and Now and it premieres on February 11th.
HBO describes the show—the mastermind of Six Feet Under and True Blood creator Alan Ball—as “a provocative and darkly comic meditation on the disparate forces polarizing present-day American culture.” Like This Is Us, it features a family of five and will focus on the complicated relationships between family members—but that’s pretty much where the similarities between the two shows end. Here and Now follows “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.”
Judging from the trailer, it seems that family drama isn’t the only thing to look forward to in the show—it looks like there’s also a supernatural element involved. One of the adult children in the trailer says, “Something is trying to communicate with me,” as he watches candle flames acting strangely. You’ll also notice some familiar faces like Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter as husband and wife.
Take a look at the trailer below and get the tissues ready.