HBO premieres a new drama series from David Milch, creator of Deadwood and a driving force behind other milestone series including NYPD Blue and Hill Street Blues, and acclaimed “surf-noir” novelist Kem Nunn. Set in Imperial Beach, CA, the last great surf-break before Tijuana, where the U.S. meets Mexico, and water meets land, John from Cincinnati tells the story of the Yosts, a family of surfers whose awesome athletic talents have for generations seemed to come with a curse attached.
The gifts of 13-year-old Shaun rival those of Butchie, his addict derelict father, and his ascetically withdrawn grandfather Mitch, both of whom defined the sport in their heydays. In shaping Shaun’s career, his grandmother Cissy strives to achieve a commercial and athletic success that will compensate for the frustrations and failures of her husband and son. Into this world, where even simple joy has been turned into a commodity, steps a mysterious stranger named John.
Soon after, things begin to happen to the Yosts – and those whose lives they touch – that test the boundaries of past and present, the mundane and the miraculous, the natural world and what lies beyond it.