‘John’ hits the beach

HBO show premieres on faux coastline

HOLLYWOOD — The aud at HBO’s “John From Cincinnati” world premiere didn’t have to venture to the Pacific Coast Highway Thursday night; rather, the pay-cabler brought the beach to them.

While HBO has relied upon the Paramount lot’s main theater lobby for preems in the past, they opted to create a faux coastline on the back lot complete with a bay and a sandy beach full of vintage ’70s cars from the show.

Asked why he traded in “Deadwood’s” Dakota black hills for “John’s” SoCal sand dunes, exec producer and co-creator David Milch pointed to his fascination with spirituality, specifically embodied in the skein’s absurdist character John Monad, a guy who suddenly arrives to console a surfing dynasty through his innocent mimicry of them.

“The show deals with the basis of faith and the constant requirement to regenerate the authenticity of one’s beliefs,” said Milch. “John is a shifting character, a repository of many ideas and projections.”

Austin Nichols, who portrays John, backed up his character’s mystique, saying, “I could be an angel or a Greek chorus. The mystery of John has yet to be unfurled, but it will be very exciting.”

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