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LAist Interview: Austin Nichols, Star of HBO's New Series, John From Cincinnati

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This Sunday, HBO will say goodbye to its biggest hit and hello to what could be another staple for the cable network. Following the long awaited Sopranos finale, David Milch's latest creation, John From Cincinnati, makes it debut. LAist caught up with Austin Nichols (Day After Tomorrow, Wimbledon and Glory Road) who plays the title character to get the scoop on the show.

Sunday’s a big day, got any plans? Having a viewing party at your place?
I actually don't know if I will ever see this program because I do not have HBO. I thought if you were the lead in a show they would actually send someone to your house and hook you up, but I guess not.

I hope this interview helps HBO realize they need to hook you up
Me too.

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I was going to ask you about the relationship that you’ve had with HBO, I thought they’ve been very good to you (Austin has previously appeared in Deadwood and Six Feet Under, both of which are HBO shows and he is one of the few actors to have been signed to a talent holding deal by the cable network)
HBO has been very good to me in so many aspects, but they’ve seemed to overlook this one.

Are those your feet in all the posters around town?
That’s Bruce Greenwood, who plays Mitch Yost’s feet; it could be argued that my character is the reason why his feet are in the air though. But no, those are not my feet.

So what exactly is John from Cincinnati all about?
Everyone has been asking what the show is really about, and that’s the thing about the show, it’s a parallel to real life: how we don’t know what’s going to happen in the next 15 minutes, we don’t really know what to expect from the show either. There definitely is sort of an uneasiness about the show.

As far as a synopsis of the show: Yost family is on disabled aircraft heading towards the earth and John, my character, arrives just on time to stop it.

I just heard David Milch say, the show is like what would happen if God wanted to talk to us with relative urgency.