NEW – HIDDEN PALMS
Johnny Miller was a happy, well-adjusted 15-year-old with good grades and a roomful of sports trophies until the night his father committed suicide. Now, Johnny lives in the surreal, sun-drenched city of Palm Springs with his mother and her new husband.
On the outside, Palm Springs is a shimmering paradise of resorts, swimming pools, golf courses and country clubs. But as Johnny learns the secrets that lie just beneath the surface of this seemingly typical neighbourhood, he and his family are forced to ask the question: how well do you really know the people who live right next door? In tonight’s debut episode, while still struggling with his father’s death, Johnny finds himself in the surreal glare of Palm Springs where his mother, Karen (Gail O’Grady), and her new husband, Bob (D.W. Moffett), have decided to make a new start. The lush desert community is an unsettling new environment for Johnny, who is fresh out of rehab for alcohol and drug abuse and struggling to cope with his father’s death and his mother’s quick remarriage. Soon after his arrival, Johnny meets his new neighbours, including Cliff (Michael Cassidy), a handsome teenager whose charm can’t quite hide a disturbing dark side; Cliff’s mother Tess (Sharon Lawrence), a former Southern beauty queen with a taste for younger men; and Liza (Ellary Porterfield), a high school science geek with a fully equipped garage laboratory. Johnny attends his first AA meeting where Jesse Jo (Leslie Jordon), a colourful AA leader and a local drag queen, piques his curiosity. He also meets Greta Matthews (Amber Heard), a stunning young beauty who fascinates him from the moment he lays eyes on her. Intriguing and secretive, Greta is haunted by the death of her former boyfriend, Eddie, who lived in Johnny’s house and died under mysterious circumstances. As Johnny’s relationship with his mother grows more turbulent, he wonders about the future awaiting him in Palm Springs.
HIDDEN PALMS: Thursday 17th January at 8.30pm