I asked my husband what he would do if someone slapped Zoie. His response, “They would get slapped right back!” Of course I laughed, but I thought to myself, this could be a serious issue if it happened. Zoie’s only 18 months and I already get irritated when other kids hit and push her down at play parks. But I’m sure my husband is like the rest of the world regarding someone hitting their child. The new series “The Slap” on NBC aires tonight and takes a controversial look into the world of parenting and challenges some of our opinions.
I’m definitely watching tonight. I want to hear your thoughts and feedback.
ABOUT THE SHOW
“The Slap” is a miniseries based on the book by Christos Tsiolkas and the Australian television series (“The Slap”) produced by Matchbox Pictures.
Meet Hector (Peter Sarsgaard, “An Education,” “Blue Jasmine”), a public servant, husband, father and valued friend on the cusp of his 40th birthday. Meet Aisha (Thandie Newton, “Crash,” “Beloved”), Hector’s beautiful and intelligent wife who is planning his party filled with friends and his very boisterous Greek family. Sounds like the makings of a great day, right? Wrong.
As Hector tries to navigate family politics, awkward friendships and the young woman he is dangerously captivated by, the built-up tension explodes when Hector’s hotheaded cousin slaps another couple’s misbehaving child. Everyone is understandably stunned, and the party abruptly ends with the child’s parents vowing legal action. What the hosts and guests don’t know, however, is that this moment will ignite a chain of events that will uncover long-buried secrets within this group of friends and family… and vigorously challenge the core values of everyone involved.
“The Slap” also stars Uma Thurman (“Pulp Fiction,” “Kill Bill”), Zachary Quinto (“Star Trek,” “American Horror Story”), Melissa George (“30 Days of Night,” “In Treatment”), Thomas Sadoski (“The Newsroom”) and Brian Cox (“X-Men 2,” “Red 2”).
From writer-executive producer Jon Robin Baitz (“Brothers & Sisters”), executive producers Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald (“Gladiator,” the “Men in Black” franchise) and director (pilot only) and executive producer Lisa Cholodenko (“The Kids Are All Right,” “Olive Kitteridge”), comes this unflinching look at how one little slap can have a huge impact.
xoxo – Mo Joseph