9:50am PT by Kate Stanhope
HBO Gives Series Order to Pot Comedy 'High Maintenance'
High Maintenance is moving on up.
HBO has ordered six new episodes of the pot comedy, which originally debuted on Vimeo in 2013.
The series, which won the WGA Award for original short-form new media earlier this year, centers on a Brooklyn pot dealer named "The Guy" and his eclectic group of clients. The series is created and written by married duo Katja Blichfeld (30 Rock) and Ben Sinclair (The Big C), who also stars in the lead role. Blichfeld and Sinclair executive produce with Russell Gregory.
In addition to the six new episodes, HBO will also make all 19 previous episodes of High Maintenance available on HBO, HBO Now and HBO Go.
“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.
"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."
“We’re very excited for Ben and Katja and proud to have launched High Maintenance as Vimeo’s first original series," said Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor in a statement. "For HBO to pick up the next season is a testament to this incredible show, and we look forward to continuing to support it."
The order for High Maintenance comes as marijuana-themed projects are becoming increasingly commonplace. In addition to documentaries on networks like CNN, NBC is also teaming with Adam and Naomi Scott to develop pot comedy Buds.
For HBO, High Maintenance marks its second comedy series order in a week. The premium outlet most recently brought Sarah Jessica Parker back to the network with Divorce and has a roster of awards season darlings that includes Silicon Valley, Girls and Veep; as well as upcoming half-hours The Brink, Ballers and Vice Principals. Those join a slate that also features Togetherness and the third and final season of Getting On.
Blichfeld and Sinclair are repped by UTA and Regarding Entertainment.