On this week’s edition of “things that somehow totally slipped my radar”, I just found out about NBC’s upcoming dramatic miniseries, The Slap. Based on a 2011 Australian miniseries of the same name (which in turn was based on a novel by Australian author Christos Tsiolkas), the series will follow the tumultuous events following an adult man’s physical assault on a child at his cousin’s barbecue. The assault – a vicious slap across the face, hence the name of the series – is at the climax of this short promo, which is otherwise full of sex, drinking, arguments, and violence.
It’s Hector’s 40th birthday, and his wife is throwing him a big party with lots of friends, family and food for what will undoubtedly be a happy, celebratory day. Or so they think. As Hector tries to navigate family politics, awkward friendships and the younger woman he’s secretly seeing on the side, 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 as they leave. But what the hosts and guests don’t know 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 series will star Peter Sarsgaard as Hector and Zachary Quinto as his cousin, as well as Thandie Newton, Uma Thurman, Melissa George as Rosie, Penn Badgely, Brian Cox, and Owen Tanzer. It premieres February 12 at 8/7c.