HERE COMES TROU­BLE

Fans of THE FOSTERS' Cal­lie and Mar­i­ana are in for some GOOD drama!

CBS Soaps In Depth - - Keeping Track - — Kelli M. Lar­son

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.”

Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho!

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.”

Worlds Col­lide

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?”

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