Now is the suspenseful time of the year when the fates of TV shows are decided. Some get much better news than others, and few are ever guaranteed a future on the small screen. HBO has now officially made the decision on Tim Robbins' Here and Now series, and it won't make fans happy. Here and Now has been cancelled after one season on HBO.
Tim Robbins starred on Here and Now as Greg Boatwright, a philosophy professor and husband of therapist Audrey Bayer (Holly Hunter). The show focused on the dynamic of the family, which is comprised of the parents, three adopted children, and one biological child. Ashley (Jerrika Hinton) was born in Liberia and became a creator and owner of a retail fashion website, Duc (Raymond Lee) was born in Vietnam and became a life coach, Ramon (Daniel Zovatto) hails from Colombia and is a college student studying video game design, and Kristen (Sosie Bacon) is the only biological child and a junior in high school.
Here and Now boasted a strong cast and a unique premise all about a contemporary multiracial family, but it failed to capture much of a fanbase. The series premiere debuted to a meager audience of 541,000 viewers. Although the viewership did get a sizable boost when DVR and nonlinear viewing could be taken into account, the ten episodes of the season only averaged 2 million viewers. While HBO surely wasn't expecting another Game of Thrones-sized series out of Here and Now, an average of 2 million viewers must have been significantly below what the network was looking for. THR reports that the numbers for Here and Now were in line with the numbers for another promising HBO series that got an early axe.
All things considered, Tim Robbins has had some bad luck with HBO projects. He starred with Jack Black in the 2015 political comedy series The Brink on HBO. That show actually scored a renewal while it was airing, then had the order yanked and was cancelled after just the one season. Perhaps the fact that Here and Now was cancelled outright rather than given a renewal that would be taken away makes the cancellation a little less painful. Maybe the third time will be the charm?
We'll have to wait and see what happens next for Tim Robbins and the rest of the cast of Here and Now. Only time will tell if they stick to TV or move to the big screen. Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter are both veterans of the big screen, and perhaps Here and Now gave enough exposure to the younger cast members for them to move on to bigger and more promising projects.
Here and Now may not have a future on the small screen, but plenty of other shows are still going. For what you can watch now and in the coming weeks, take a look at our midseason TV premiere guide and our summer TV premiere schedule. If streaming is more your style, take a look at our Netflix rundown and Amazon Prime guide.