There is a new sitcom in the works that will give the phrase 'Netflix and chill' an entirely different meaning. The streaming giant has just secured Disjointed from Warner Bros. TV, making a 20 episode series order for the show that has the veteran skills of Chuck Lorre (The Big Bang Theory, Two And A Half Men) and David Javerbaum (The Daily Show) at the helm.
Disjointed is a stoner comedy based around an L.A. cannabis dispensary. The excellent Kathy Bates (American Horror Story) will take the lead role as the store owner, managing a group of constantly high employees -undoubtedly the source for ensuing dope centrist humor.
Deadline reports that Bates' character is a long-time campaigner for marijuana legalization, who is taking advantage of the relaxed cannabis laws in California and achieving her ambitions by running a dispensary. She will be joined by a trio of “Budtenders," her son, and a slightly disturbed security guard as the other primary characters, whose casting has yet to be announced.
This will not be the first time Lorre has acquired the notable talent of Bates for one of his projects; the Oscar-nominated actress earned an Emmy for her guest appearance on Two And A Half Men in 2012. She has also been awarded for her work on Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story. The actress is no stranger to comedy, with perhaps her most memorable comedic appearance being The Waterboy in 1998. Lorre has found previous success working on various sitcoms, writing several episodes of Roseanne in the early 1990s and cycling through various series before ending up at the helm of the hugely popular Big Bang Theory.
Netflix has a growing collection of original sitcoms, such as Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Grace And Frankie. The network's open minded attitude towards traditionally controversial subject matter should make it a great fit for a weed orientated show, allowing Lorre more freedom to explore this potentially hilarious context than his usual home on CBS. It should be fun to see Bates take on a lead role in a sitcom and spread her comedic wings within this role as a marijuana matriarch.
With Bates on board and the proven comedic expertise from its showrunners, this series has the potential to be something special. With luck, Lorre will be able to land some equally good talent to play the other regulars at Bates' dispensary, and it will be interesting to see how the showrunner handles the move to a streaming platform like Netflix.
We'll keep you updated with news about Disjointed as development continues.