Sunday 4 February at 9.30pm
HUFF returns for a second season to continue examining the professional and personal life of a psychiatrist who finds he’s drifting perilously close to the border between sanity and insanity.
“HUFF is about the unpredictability of human nature,” says the series creator Bob Lowry. “It’s episodic drama about people and their interactions with each other – not so much about what they do as much as how they react to what’s happening around them. We’re not a formulaic show that you typically see on television.”
At the conclusion of Season One, Huff’s entire family believed him to be crazy.
“The first season ended with what I call the ‘convergence scene,’ which had Huff (Hank Azaria) assaulted by everybody in his life,” explains Lowry. “He had pushed his best friend Russell (Oliver Platt) down a flight of stairs because he caught him in bed with his mother, Izzy (Blythe Danner); his wife, Beth (Paget Brewster), was leaving indefinitely to be with her dying mother (played by Swoozie Kurtz); his schizophrenic brother, Teddy (Andy Comeau), went over the edge by what he witnessed; and his son Byrd (Anton Yelchin) further disengaged from the family.”
While Season Two attempts to resolve the issues left dangling at the first season’s end, Lowry points out that the series will not just continue the arc of each story, but also emphasize the growth of each character.
“It’s really not the same show because they are not playing the same beats. For example, Huff redefines his manhood, realizing what he envisioned as strength has been just a caricature, and that all his care-taking and helping everybody is still not taking him where he wants to go. Hiding his own identity from himself by helping others isn’t working too well for him.”
The old “physician heal thyself” adage will severely underscore Huff’s process throughout Season Two.