Showtime had “Weeds.” AMC had “Breaking Bad.” And now HBO has announced that it will have its own drug-themed show built on the acclaimed Web series “High Maintenance.” The announcement that the creator of television’s best content would create new episodes based on the series for the premium-channel network came this week, on April 20 – also “420 Day,” a pseudo-holiday celebrating cannabis culture.
Created by husband-and-wife duo Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld (the Emmy-nominated casting director of “30 Rock”), the show follows the various transactions of a nameless marijuana deliveryman (called “the Guy”), played by Sinclair. Every episode features a new set of characters and their meeting with the weed dealer.
Based on Blichfeld and Sinclair’s own experiences, the show paints a vivid picture of the pot delivery scene in Brooklyn, especially the varied and colorful personalities turning to marijuana to “maintain some semblance of sanity and survival in New York,” said Sinclair, speaking in an interview for Filmmaker magazine. The show is produced by the couple with their manager Russell Gregory; Blichfeld acts as executive producer.
“’High Maintenance’ has proven to be one of today’s most highly-acclaimed online comedies,” said HBO president Michael Lombardo in a statement on Monday. “We are thrilled to bring this sophisticated and clever series to our HBO audience.” The network has greenlit six new episodes.
Fans and newcomers to the show will eventually be able to watch the show’s previous five seasons (all under 20 minutes long and available on Vimeo) on HBO and its apps, HBO Go and HBO Now. “We have been growing this show organically for three years now,” Blichfeld and Sinclair said in a statement, “and we are elated to bring it into full maturity at HBO.”
Want to catch up before the new HBO episodes premiere? The first 13 episodes of the show are currently available for free, and you can rent all previous episodes for $7.99 with one year to watch them.
Photo illustration: High Maintenance/Janky Clown Productions and HBO