HERE COMES TROUBLE
Fans of THE FOSTERS' Callie and Mariana are in for some GOOD drama!
While growing up on THE FOSTERS, an idealistic Callie and Mariana were cocooned within their family. However, in Freeform’s stylish spin-off, GOOD TROUBLE, the sisters strike out on their own in Los Angeles. “As you do in your 20s and coming out of college, they’re expecting the world to bend to their will,” executive producer Joanna Johnson (ex-caroline/karen, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) explains. “And what it really does is just slap you in the face!”
Too Close For Comfort
The women are all smiles as they head to their new home. But they quickly find themselves at odds. “Mariana, in trying to figure out what they could afford, found a communal living space” — The Coterie, Johnson previews. “And she didn’t really explain this because she thought Callie would freak out.”
Not only is the place a mess, but it’s chock full of folks! We’ll meet manager Alice, an aspiring comedian with identity issues; Malika, a collegian dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement; Davia, a teacher/ body-positive social-media influencer; Dennis, a 40-something musician; and artist Gael, who happens to be smoking-hot! It’s with that last character that the show un- veils its sophistication by playing with the story’s timeline. But what viewers will grasp, Johnson says, is that “Gael is so charming that Callie finds herself hooking up with him right way.”
Of course, one of the hallmarks of adulting is being able to set aside personal matters to focus on career, and that’s just what the sisters attempt to do. Mariana’s job as program engineer at a tech start- up comes with what Johnson describes as “a mostly white-male dominated bro culture.” Look for Mariana to realize that “she’ll have to fight hard to be heard and find her place at the table.”
Hoping to have a progressive influence
on a conservative judge, Callie eagerly begins her new job as a law clerk. However co-workers Ben and Rebecca (the latter of whom is played by Molly McCook, daughter of B&B’S Eric, John McCook), quickly set her straight. Worse yet, the social-justice warrior is presented with a code of conduct which restricts her from any public perception of impropriety or political expression. Johnson suggests, “She’ll find herself really stymied and almost ethically handcuffed.”
That’ll be a problem in the second episode, in which The Coterie turns into party central, and Malika’s activist friends make the connection between Callie’s judge and a case they’re passionate about. Might brother Jude’s visit prove comforting?
There’s a whole lotta fall-out still to come! Johnson says the series intends to make viewers think, “Oh, wait a minute, how did that happen?”