There shall be a way to chill, and it shall be Netflix, and it is good! The watch-when-you-want mogul pops out more projects than Detroit and their latest is going to be all about weed. If you love cannabis comedy, then you need to ‘stay tuned’ for the upcoming series, Disjointed. The Big Bang Theory’s Chuck Lorre and the Daily Show’s David Javerbaum co-wrote the show, putting their talent with script writing together. In searching for a home for the cannabis-themed comedy, the duo initially set their sights on various networks before deciding on making a Netflix exclusive. While the subject of everyday cannabis might seem a little racy for regular network television, Netflix has shown that it can tackle tough subject matter with style and, dare I say, balls. Netflix features original series that have begun to rival the followings of major networks. Other Netflix original greats include Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Narcos, and Bloodline, to name a few. With an original cannabis series added to their impressive collection of documentaries and much-loved movies about the herb, Netflix poses to make on-demand internet streaming media history. Shows such as Weeds have helped to mainstream the image of marijuana into everyday culture if not yet complete acceptance. Netflix placed the order for 20 episodes of Disjointed, and if the excitement over the show is in any way telling of its potential success, we can expect to see many more than that. As for when the show will actually air, we will have to wait and see. What Netflix shows are you addicted to? Tell us on social media or in the comments below.
Here’s The Trailer For HBO’s New Weed Comedy, HIGH MAINTENANCE™
Here is something I’ve learned over the years: you don’t write off a new HBO series simply because it has a cutesy title or a shitty trailer. The network’s track record is such that we can usually – usually! – assume, with some degree of certainty, that the folks at HBO know what they’re doing. This High Maintenance trailer is really putting that bit of wisdom to the test. I know this because I have watched High Maintenance’s trailer twice now, and on both occasions my reaction has been “I do not want to see this show”. This is the opposite of what a trailer – a successful trailer, anyway – is supposed to do. Yet…history leaves me inclined to give HBO the benefit of the doubt. Providing a glimpse into the homes and routines of eccentric New Yorkers, the comedy series High Maintenance explores the private lives of these unique individuals through a common thread: their weed deliveryman. Ben Sinclair stars as The Guy, whose client base includes a group of characters with neuroses as diverse as the city. High Maintenance was created by the married duo of Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, who write and direct every episode of the new season, and executive produced by Katja Blichfeld, Ben Sinclair and Russell Gregory. The main character’s name is The Guy? Woof, folks. I suppose I might give High Maintenance a shot at some point, but how quickly I get around to that will largely depend on what I hear about the show after it premieres on September 16th. What do you guys think? Am I being too hard on this trailer? Think you’ll check the show out? Let’s hear what you have to say below.
Yara Shahidi Is Producing Weed Comedy “Smoakland” for Freeform
Grown-ish star Yara Shahidi is developing a single-camera comedy called Smoakland for Freeform, in partnership with her mom Keri Shahidi and their production company, 7th Sun Productions, Deadline reports. The 20-year-old actor also took to her personal Instagram account to announce the news, writing, “In case you were wondering what we’ve been up to…Proud #TEAM7THSUNMOMENT.” In addition to the dynamic mother-daughter duo, the show will be helmed by writer Jewel Coronel, who also wrote The Chi, and Zahir McGhee, who served as a consulting producer on shows such as Scandal and Stumptown. Smoakland will focus on a character named Solo, who hails from Oakland, as she executes her vision of starting a cannabis company. As Deadline notes, the show will also explore love, family expectations, and other issues that come up as she attains her dream. Coronel will also executive produce along with McGhee, Yara, and Keri Shahidi as part of their production company partnership, which secured an overall deal with ABC Studios last year. Yara’s most notable roles include playing Zoey Johnson on Black-ish, which then later led to her own spinoff, Grown-ish In fact, the hit show will be returning later this month for the second half of its third season. Although there is not a premiere date for Smoakland revealed just yet, we can anticipate seeing Yara star as Tinker Bell in David Lowery’s upcoming feature film, Peter Pan and Wendy. Want more from Teen Vogue? Check this out: The “Grown-ish” Cast on Activism and Representation in Television.