Birmingham, Alabama. The 1960s. Two young girls – one white, one black – become fast friends. Fast-forward to the present, where M.E. and Rene must confront both the legacy of their city’s troubled past and the complexities of life in the contemporary urban South. This award-winning drama series stars Lorraine Toussaint and Annie Potts.
Birmingham, Alabama. The 1960s. In the city at the heart of America’s bitter struggle over civil rights, two young girls – one white, one black – become fast friends.
Fast-forward to the present day. After years of estrangement, these two are reunited. Picking up their friendship where they left off, M.E. and Rene confront both the legacy of their city’s troubled past and the complexities of life in the contemporary urban South.
Originally broadcast from 1998 to 2002, the award-winning drama series Any Day Now stars Annie Potts (Designing Women, Ghostbusters) as wife and mother Mary Elizabeth (“M.E.”) O’Brien and Lorraine Toussaint (Saving Grace, Friday Night Lights) as Rene Jackson, an unmarried civil rights attorney.
Each episode of Any Day Now alternates scenes of M.E. and Rene’s present-day struggles with flashbacks to their younger selves. Created for the Lifetime network by writer-producer Nancy Miller (Saving Grace, The Closer, CSI: Miami), the series earned praise for its sensitive and subtle handling of issues such as homosexuality, women’s rights, alcoholism and poverty.
Above all, Any Day Now stands out as one of the few prime time TV dramas ever to deal head-on, week after week, with America’s troubled racial history and its lasting consequences.