8:11am PT by Kate Stanhope
HBO Renews 'High Maintenance' for Season 2
High Maintenance is coming back for a second season.
HBO has renewed the pot comedy series from Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, it was announced Wednesday.
The half-hour, which originally began as a web series, made its pay cable debut on Sept. 16.
"The response to the new episodes exceeded all of our expectations,” HBO programming president Casey Bloys said. “Ben and Katja are brilliant, unconventional storytellers and we’re excited to see what they dream up for us in our second season.”
High Maintenance first debuted on Vimeo as a self-funded project in 2012 before becoming Vimeo's first original series two years later. The husband and wife team of Blechfeld and Sinclair produced 19 episodes before making the move to HBO. (The 19 episodes are now available on HBO Go, HBO Now and HBO on demand.)
The show's 30-minute episodes were originally split into three 10-minute segments on Vimeo, but the format has since changed to a more traditional TV series that follows multiple stories without the half-hour time frame.
"As we wrote them, we started to see parallels in the different stories and ways that they could connect and ways that we could pair them together," Blichfeld told THR ahead of the show's HBO debut. "We always knew we'd be doing it like this, putting shorter stories within one programming block, but we didn't know that HBO would be cool with us doing that. It was cool that we could replicate the experience of watching the webisodes."
Blichfeld and Sinclair, who also wrote and directed all six season one episodes, exec produce the series with Russell Gregory. The series hails from Janky Clown Productions.
In addition to High Maintenance, HBO's comedy slate includes recent Emmy winner Veep, Silicon Valley, Ballers, Girls and Vice Principals -- the latter two which are heading towards their final seasons. The pay cabler is gearing up to launch two more comedies in October: Divorce, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, and Issa Rae's Insecure.