Well, it is legal in 23 US states plus the District of Columbia, so perhaps it isn’t surprising that Amazon is high on the idea of developing a comedy series themed around marijuana, as reported by Variety. Called Highland, the series is (ok, this part is surprising) dubbed a family comedy/drama, and will star outspoken comedian Margaret Cho.
The hour-long show will follow the story of Cho’s character who attempts to start anew following the completion of a court-ordered rehab program. But her efforts to stay clean will be tough after having to move in with her family who, coincidentally and unfortunately, run a marijuana dispensary.
In addition to starring in the show, Cho will serve as an executive producer along with Becky Clements and Marty Adelstein. The latter two hail from Tomorrow Studios, which will co-produce the show alongside Amazon Studios. The script was written by Liz Sarnoff, known for her work on some pretty big shows like Deadwood, Lost, and Alcatraz.
Cho is best known for her standup comedy work, where she often discusses controversial issues like race, sexuality, and politics. She’s also known to mimic her mother’s strong Korean accent, and works a lot of her family’s antics into her act. She recently had a guest role on Dr. Ken, the ABC show starring comedic actor (and real, licensed doctor) Ken Jeong. She also appeared on Drop Dead Diva and Fashion Police on E!
Cho is also an active supporter of a number of causes, including LGBT rights. She has written two books, has her own clothing line (High Class Cho), and has even released a musical album, along with appearing in a few music videos, including Weird Al Yankovic’s Tacky.
Last month, Cho wrapped up the U.S. leg of her PsyCHO fall tour, which ran in several cities through October and November. This month, the tour kicks off in Europe, with the first show on Monday, December 14 in Zurich, Switzerland.