Marijuana Shows: TV Where Weed Is the Star – Variety
Today, there’s a wealth of weed options available on the small screen – from cooking shows to comedies to how-tos and makeovers, the fall TV season is looking awfully hazy. Bong AppetitViceland; VicelandHosted by noted columnist and cannabis expert Saeed, this gourmet food and ganja show challenges various chefs to come up with novel recipes that will get people very high. Dinner guests including ex-NBA player John Salley and actress Christina Milian get whacked on the delicious cannabis-infused concoctions. In contrast to the fake pot often used in TV shows, it’s all very real on this Viceland favorite. Broad CityComedy Central; 3 Arts Entertainment, Jax Media, Paper Kite ProductionsGlazer and Jacobson play two twentysomething stoners who live on the edge in New York.
TelevisionBates plays ’60s earth mother Ruth Whitefeather Feldman, who decides to open a marijuana dispensary in her AARP years. It’s a fairly predictable show, with a kooky cast and lots of pot gags. The DEA raid in the final episode of season one shows how shops like Ruth’s Alternative Caring live in a perilous gray area between state and federal laws. VH1; VH1 Productions, 495 ProductionsThe mainstreaming of Snoop Dogg is complete with this cooking/talk show he shares with America’s favorite homemaker Martha Stewart, and executive produced under the Merry Jane banner. Snoop and Stewart are nominated together in the host for a reality or reality-competition program category.
He brings his expertise to master cultivators and breeders at DNA Genetics by turning ordinary grow rooms into fine-tuned, high-yielding systems. Taking a cue from home improvement and car shows, the talk is of dirt and hydro, basements to greenhouses to backyard gardens, and these ganja geeks have all the answers.
Marijuana Meets Workplace Comedy
East Coast Grow, a web-based comedy series set in a Washington, D.C. dispensary, began filming in November and is expected to hit the small screen by summer, perhaps even in time for 4/20 celebrations, according to DC-based Aboveboard Productions. Aldo, the owner of the fictional dispensary, played by Greg Crowe;. Cody, the wide-eyed innocent and newest employee, played by Joe McCaughtry;. Darrin, who cares deeply about changing policy, played by David Johnson;.
Tia, who left her job in the corporate world to manage the dispensary and whose passion for social justice is fueled by the plight of her brother who is incarcerated for marijuana trafficking, played by Devin Nikki Thomas. Private recreational growing and use are also legal, but sales are not. Then there is Congress, which has the last say on DC budget matters, despite the fact that many lawmakers express open disregard for the wishes of DC voters. The show does its best to walk the tightrope of human comedy above a sea of ponderous politics. Co-creators, Matt Doherty and Amy Tasillo, are a remarkably tolerable DC power couple.
We are excited to bring this project to DC, a place known more for politics than plants. Help from D.C’s Office of Motion Picture and Television Development has not been forthcoming, and it will not allow its logo to be included in the show’s credits. East Coast Grow is an incredible opportunity to look at the social and political issues driving the new marijuana laws in DC. It’s a chance for us to use fictional story lines to share the very real experiences of members of the DC cannabis community and the challenges and opportunities they face daily.
Ryan Reynolds Producing ‘Stoned Alone’ Comedy Based on ‘Home Alone’ Movies
Clap your hands to your cheeks and scream Kevin McCallister-style-there’s a new stoner classic in the works! Inspired by everyone’s favorite Christmas movie, Home Alone, Ryan Reynolds of Deadpool and Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place fame is teaming up with Twentieth Century Fox to produce and potentially star in Stoned Alone, reports Variety. The project, which is still in early development, centers around a 20-something loser who misses the plane for his holiday ski trip so he gets baked at home-only to discover that thieves have broken into his house. Home Alone is the highest-grossing Christmas movie of all time and held the box office record for live action comedy until The Hangover 2. It also spawned a successful film franchise, giving rise to four more Home Alone sequels, including Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
No doubt studio execs are eager to cash in on the confluence of comedy, cannabis and hot commodity Ryan Reynolds. Reynolds, who originally hails from Canada, has proven to be a massive box-office draw and hotshot producer with the Deadpool movies, which have grossed a combined $1.5 billion worldwide. Stoned Alone was scripted from an idea by Fox executive Matt Reilly. Reynolds will produce through his Fox-based Maximum Effort production company. No release date has been announced yet, but we’ll be following this project closely to bring you updates and behind-the-scenes news.
Stoned Alone has the potential to be the best new weed comedy since Pineapple Express-hopefully, the creative team aims really, really high.