NBC’s “The Slap” takes a glimpse of the consequences eight characters will endure when one man slaps a bratty four-year-old at a suburban barbecue.
The new hit drama series is based on a multi-award winning novel by Australian author Christos Tsiolkas.
Winning the Commonwealth Writers’ Award for Best Novel in 2009, “The Slap” tests the extreme measures you pull to assure safety to your family.
The miniseries revolves around the aftermath of a birthday party of a middle-aged city employee in New York City, when an adult male slaps someone else’s misbehaving child after the child kicks him in the leg.
Each episode tells the story from the perspective of a different character.
Before America’s broadcast of the series, Australia was the first to adapt the book as a show on ABC 1.
Although it was fairly short-lived and stayed on-air from Oct. 6 to Nov. 24, 2011, the producers and directors still had faith in the show, which led to another premiere on DirecTV in 2012.
On Jan. 16, NBC released the trailer that revealed an extraordinary cast that hooked us from the beginning.
Feb. 12, the show finally premiered and let us pair the characters to actors and actresses.
Melissa George, most known for her roles in shows such as, “The Good Wife” and “Alias”, plays the mother of Hugo (the slapped child), and Rosie.
George also played the same character in the Australian series in 2011 and won a Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actress.
Peter Sarsgaard as Hector, plays a 40-year-old husband that seems to live the all-American dream: beautiful, healthy family, financially secure, and wealthy Greek parents to provide him with his wants.
All seems true before Hector’s dangerous secret comes into play: his ever so cliche babysitter.
Harry, Hector’s cousin is played by Star Trek’s very own, Zachary Quinto, a self-made, rich (in all counts) businessman, partnered with the perfect wife and child in a house by the beach, which is all at stake because of one hardy slap to a spoiled child.
Harry has a history with anger problems, which led him to slap the kid without thinking, even though, in his opinion, the kid deserved it.
Uma Thurman plays opposite her much younger actor boyfriend, Penn Badgley from The CW’s Gossip Girl; Thurman is also is the executive producer of a T.V. television series.
The upcoming episodes are titled the character’s names which will disclose the unknown depths of each character and how they’re affected by the slap.
Make sure to make a big ol’ bowl of popcorn and tune in to, “The Slap”, which airs on Thursdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.