Remember back when I said the phrase “suicide comedy”? That was no joke, guys. The trailer for “The Now” begins with the main character Ed Paul (Franco) explaining a very grim premise: in the midst of a suicide attempt, he learns that his brother killed himself. The understandably life-altering event leads to some major changes from Ed: he sees the series rethink his outlook and learn how best to cherish his present by pursuing what he wants in life. One of the first stops on his new life journey seems to be for a therapist (Bill Murray) who doesn’t seem particularly good at his job, given that he laughs at Ed’s tragic story. And if the thought of a wizard laughing at a failed suicide attempt doesn’t paint a clear picture of the upcoming series, just wait for the scene where Ed may or may not lose his finger in front of an angry crew of debt collectors.
To be clear, Ed’s life won’t go as he imagined, but through a crazy series of events, he’ll learn to leave the pains of the past and the fears of the future behind – hence the title. The series is written and directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly, the brothers responsible for popular comedies such as “Dumb and Dumber”. The pair are no stranger to black comedy, though this is a rare occasion for them not to present their specialty in film form. They previously co-wrote an episode of “Seinfeld,” directed the pilot of the Fox sitcom “Unhitched,” and most recently directed two episodes of the fantasy series “Trailer Park Boys.” Now they’re bringing their dark comedic styles to “The Now,” newly expanded from its original fast-paced format. Peter Farrelly shared the trailer announcement:
“I wanted to make a presentation about living in the present because personally I lived a lot in the future and the past and I think a lot of people do. We worry about the future, we regret the past, yet we only live now. The future and the past are just concepts, but all life happens in the present If you want to make changes in your life, you have to make them in the present.”
The 14-episode miniseries is fully available to viewers of the Roku channel in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.