The popular Vimeo show that made headlines as the modern ‘Cheech & Chong’ has officially been picked up by HBO. Indie comedies don’t often get this much buzz from such a big network, so High Maintenance could completely change the way people look at picking up new shows. This is a big win for HBO, as they don’t have many notable half hour comedies to speak of, and the new season of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ doesn’t yet have a release date. High Maintenance will also fill a niche of comedy that they haven’t had in years, spurring growth and leading to more possible show pickups.
High Maintenance was created by Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair and has been on Vimeo since 2012, airing about 19 episodes. The move to HBO has ordered 6 episodes for what will be considered the 3rd season of the series. When it arrives in the fall, there will be high expectations to produce on an even better level than it has for the last few years.
The show is about a pot dealer and his group of friends and clients. Following his everyday life, viewers will get a glimpse into the trials and tribulations of breaking the rules and what it takes to do it. The comedy is sometimes dark, so expect a lot of pop culture references and nods to celebrities.
The pickup of the show does not stop the airing of the previous episodes on Vimeo or those that are already distributed for free on the web. If anything, they will serve as free promotional material and help to up the ratings for the series premiere on HBO. And with the popularity of the show in its current form, that may not even be necessary.
How well will the show do on HBO? Do you think they will change the format?