1:30pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Chuck Lorre Pot Comedy 'Disjointed' Canceled at Netflix
Netflix is snuffing out pot comedy Disjointed.
The multicamera comedy starring Kathy Bates from prolific producer Chuck Lorre has been canceled at the streaming giant.
The series, written on spec, landed at Netflix with a straight-to-series, 20-episode order following a competitive situation with broadcast and streaming outlets bidding. Co-written by Big Bang Theory co-creator Lorre and David Javerbaum (The Daily Show), the workplace comedy starred Oscar and two-time Emmy winner Bates as a lifelong advocate for marijuana legalization who is finally living her dream as the owner of a Los Angeles-area cannabis dispensary. Joining her are three "budtenders," her 20-something son and a deeply troubled security guard. All of them are more or less constantly high.
The comedy was produced by Warner Bros. Television, where Lorre — the exec producer behind CBS comedies Mom, Big Bang and Young Sheldon — is under an overall deal. Disjointed marked a reunion for Lorre with Bates, who earned an Emmy for her guest role on the producer's Two and a Half Men.
Disjointed premiered in August with the second half of its season dropping in January. The series has a 23 percent rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes, with an 80 percent user score. (Netflix, like fellow streamers Amazon and Hulu, does not release viewership data.)
While Disjointed — one of multiple pot-themed projects in the works on the small screen — will not continue, Lorre remains in business with Netflix. The streamer picked up the Lorre-created single-camera comedy The Kominsky Method, starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin. A premiere date for the comedy, also from WBTV, has not yet been determined.
This marks a rare early cancellation for Lorre, whose only other one-and-done show was CBS' 1992 comedy Frannie's Turn — the first show he created after his time writing on Roseanne.
The decision to cancel Disjointed comes as Netflix continues to refine its approach to scripted. Other recent cancellations at the streaming service include Lady Dynamite, Girlboss, Gypsy and The Get Down.
For Lorre, meanwhile, Big Bang Theory and prequel spinoff Young Sheldon are already renewed for the 2018-19 broadcast season as Mom also is considered a slam dunk to return.