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A NYC writer with southern roots discovers that he is part African American. He struggles to delve deeper into his ethnic heritage and meet his new biological family while at the same time reconnecting with this socially backward, redneck family.
"Coffee with Cream" is written along the lines of shows such as "The Big C" and "Weeds." The series is about a white NY city magazine writer named Kenny who must come to terms with his new racial identity and reconcile his new African American family with his socially backward white family.
In the pilot, we see that Kenny Simpson shares little in common with his socially backward, redneck family. After years of being semi-estranged from them, he and his wife Cary travel to South Carolina to visit Kenny's family for Christmas. Unfortunately, Kenny's aunt collapses during Christmas dinner and is rushed to the hospital. There, she delivers a stunning confession before dying that she and Kenny's deceased dad did not share the same father. As it turns out, he was actually the illegitimate son of a black man named Cullen Davidson, with whom their mother had an affair.
While Kenny's family prefers to dismiss her confession as the delusional ramblings of a dying woman, Kenny finds himself preoccupied with getting to the truth. In his quest he makes a connection with Cullen's nephew, Stephen, a Charleston attorney, and the two begin investigating the possibility that they are related. In the meantime, Kenny's editor learns of his situation and asks him to travel to SC to develop his personal story into a series of articles.
The series follows Kenny's journey to discover the secrets behind his mixed race ancestry while attempting to simultaneously reconnect with his very southern family and form a bond with his new black family.