Forget Weeds: HBO nabs pot-centric indie series High Maintanence

hbo pot based series high maintenance janky clown productions ben sinclair katja blichfeld
With Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Washington DC making moves toward its legalization, it’s no secret that pot is moving from the shadows to the mainstream. But just how mainstream might be best illustrated in pot’s rise in popularity in the entertainment biz. Case in point: HBO’s recent move to pick up the indie series from Vimeo about a pot-toting Brooklyn hipster, High Maintenance.

According to the Hollywood reporter, HBO will be producing 6 new episodes of the show, and will also make all 19 previous episodes available across the premium network’s growing line of platforms, including HBO Go, HBO Now, and via video-on-demand.

Centered around a roving pot dealer known as “the guy” who services an eclectic group of neurotic clientele, High Maintenance has had a critically-acclaimed, if under-the-radar, run on Vimeo, which is best known as a collaborative space for up-and-coming video content creators. Following an expansive trend of online original programming, the show became the first original series on Vimeo.

The first 13 episodes of the series were homegrown (sorry, couldn’t help it) by married comedy duo Katja Blichfeld (30 Rock), and Ben Sinclair (The Big C), who also plays the lead character. After gaining traction on Vimeo, the site produced 6 new episodes of the show, and now it looks like HBO is following that same formula.

“We have been growing this show organically for three years now, and we are elated to bring it into full maturity at HBO, the gold-standard of both online and televised entertainment,” said Blichfeld and Sinclair, via HWR.

High Maintenance has proven to be one of today’s most highly acclaimed online comedies,” said HBO programming president Michael Lombardo in a statement. “We are thrilled to bring this sophisticated and clever series to our HBO audience.”

With the move to HBO, the series will instantly have a much bigger net to throw, and with it, much higher expectations. Meanwhile, though still prohibited by the Federal government, in the hearts and minds of much of the public, marijuana is quickly moving from outlaw to accepted (if not upstanding) citizen.

Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix, from 'The Haunting of Hill House’ to ‘The Good Place’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Smart Home

Thanksgiving in an Instant ... Pot? Here are our favorite recipes

Did you know you can cook the majority, if not all, of your Thanksgiving menu items in your Instant Pot? It's all about picking the right recipes. These are our picks for the best Instant Pot recipes for Turkey Day.
Movies & TV

'Prime'-time TV: Here are the best shows on Amazon Prime right now

There's more to Amazon Prime than free two-day shipping, including access to a number of phenomenal shows at no extra cost. To make the sifting easier, here are our favorite shows currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
Smart Home

How to cook an entire Thanksgiving dinner in an Instant Pot

We collected some of our favorite recipes and created an Instant Pot Thanksgiving dinner guide. Here’s how to ditch the oven and cook your entire Thanksgiving Dinner in an Instant Pot.
Movies & TV

One popular character won't be returning for 'John Wick 3: Parabellum'

The third installment of the wildly successful action series that stars Keanu Reeves as a deadly assassin forced out of retirement, John Wick 3: Parabellum, hits theaters in May 2019. Here's everything we know about the movie so far.
Home Theater

What is MHL, exactly, and how does it work with your TV?

There are more ways to mirror your smartphone or tablet to your TV than you might think. Check out our rundown of MHL for everything you need to know about the wired protocol and its myriad uses.
Movies & TV

Star Wars series 'The Mandalorian' adds 'Deadpool' actress Gina Carano

The Mandalorian, Jon Favreau's live-action Star Wars series planned for Disney's streaming video service, will be one of the most expensive television shows ever made. Here's everything we know about it so far.

The best movie soundtracks of all time, from 'Star Wars' to 'E.T.'

Whether you're a lover of beautifully composed original scores or a fan of perfectly compiled popular music, these are the best movie soundtracks of all time — from Star Wars to Garden State.
Home Theater

From the Roku Ultra to the Fire TV Cube, these are the best streaming devices

There are more options for media streamers than ever, so it’s more difficult to pick the best option. But that’s why we're here. Our curated list of the best streaming devices will get you online in no time.
Home Theater

Put your home theater to the test with these spectacular Blu-ray releases

What's the point of having all of that awesome home theater gear if you can't breed a little jealousy in your friends and family? We've put together this list of fantastic Blu-rays that have the goods to drop a few jaws.
Movies & TV

Is the end near for Pied Piper? ‘Silicon Valley’ season 6 delayed, might be the last

Season 6 of Silicon Valley might not premiere until 2020, as HBO has delayed production on the season until summer 2019 due to showrunner Alec Berg's work on another HBO series, Barry. Season 6 could be the final one for the show.
Movies & TV

How to watch NFL games online, with or without cable

The NFL's 2018 season is here, and we know you don't want to miss a moment of the action. Our comprehensive streaming guide will show you all the best options to watch the games online so you can make the right choice.
Movies & TV

'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' will seem muddled to mere muggles

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald brings magizoologist Newt Scamander back for more adventures, but the sequel to 2016's Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes a very deep dive into Potter-verse lore.
Movies & TV

More cast members join Jordan Peele’s ‘The Twilight Zone’ reboot

Get Out writer and director Jordan Peele is developing and hosting a reboot of the classic sci-fi anthology series The Twilight Zone for CBS All Access, and the cast for the first season is filling out with some familiar faces.