Alan Ball’s new project “Here and Now” has been labeled to be a ‘liberal tosh’ by the rightwing US and to the left wing, it is considered painfully woke. Yet it isn’t a matter of consideration for the director.
Family dramas have been ruling the television worldwide but then there came “Six Feet Under.” The Alan Ball series based on the Fisher family telling the tales of lives, loves and lies ran no shorter than five years between 2001 and 2005. The family drama showed such excellence in every bit of its making that it has become a standard by which all the others must be judged. It became a darkly funny rendition of a story of love and death, a story that could infuriate. And the story always did enthrall, never failed at its grip even for an episode, right until its memorable final episode providing a flash forward to each of the character’s death.
Now, a decade after, past Alan Ball’s endeavor among the vampires of “True Blood” and his involvement as the executive producer in the crime drama “Banshee,” the director has returned back to the stories of an American family. The new series by Alan Ball, “Here and Now,” which starts airing on Sky Atlanticon, will follow the travails and triumphs of the family of a liberal progressive political orientation focusing on the couple played by Holly Hunter and Tim Robbins and their four children, three of whom are adopted from Vietnam, Liberia and Colombia.
The US reviews have showed a mixed reaction suggesting that the show is overstuffed. The show also focuses on another subplot involving a Muslim therapist and his family alongside the suggestions of a supernatural element that involves the younger son Ramon. Yet critics also have found the series to be somewhat underpowered for an Alan Ball show.
Yet, Ball states that he is sanguine about the show, “I know some people have said that too much is going on, but I like shows where a lot is happening,” he shared with The Guardian on the phone from California adding, “I’m a huge fan of Game of Thrones and that’s a show which has a huge amount of stuff going on. I think it makes for a richer experience.”
Ball also seems to be absolutely fine with the suggestions of the show to be a simple slice of comfort TV targeted to the audience mourning the devastating results of the election of Donald Trump. “I know that the trailer already had people saying: ‘Oh, this is liberal bullshit propaganda,’ and I found that hilarious. I’m absolutely fine with pissing people off. It’s pretty easy to piss people off in this country right now,” as reported by The Guardian.