Apparently, Chuck Lorre has yet another project in the works. This one will be a Netflix series. The show’s description calls it a “pot comedy,” so it is about marijuana. Kathy Bates is set to star in this and who doesn’t love Kathy Bates?
The series title is Disjointed and so far has a 20 episode order from Netflix. Bates plays a lifelong advocate for marijuana legalization who’s finally living her dream as the owner of an L.A.-area cannabis dispensary. Joining her are three “budtenders,” her twenty-something son and a deeply troubled security guard. All of them are more or less consistently high.
The series, from Chuck Lorre Productions and Warner Bros. Television, was co-written and executive produced by Lorre and David Javerbaum.
Lily Mae Harrington
Lorre has also already cast Lily Mae Harrington to play the younger Kathy Bates character. Harrington is an actress and singer. She rose to national fame when she competed in Season 2 of the Oxygen reality series The Glee Project, finishing in fourth place. She also appeared as Pam Brown in the recent Netflix original film Pee Wee’s Big Holiday and the YouTube Red series Sing It! as Adeline.
Lorre is also behind a new adaptation of Tom Wolfe‘s The Bonfire of the Vanities. Variety confirmed Chuck Lorre Productions, Amazon, and Warner Bros. TV are developing eight episodes of The Bonfire of the Vanities. Another executive producer on the project is Margaret Nagle, who wrote two excellent episodes of Boardwalk Empire from season one and created the short-lived Red Band Society. Nagle will serve as a writer on The Bonfire of the Vanities TV series as well.
The Bonfire of the Vanities was Tom Wolfe’s first novel but the eleventh book. Wolfe originally wrote the story for Rolling Stone magazine. From 1984 to 1985, each new issue of the magazine featured a new chapter. After the serialized publication had been completed, the author spent the next two years researching and polishing his satire of New York. Which took a look at Wall Street, the wealthy, the poor, and more. The Bonfire of the Vanities, published in 1987, was an acclaimed bestseller.
The novel’s events center on a hit-and-run accident that takes place in a run-down area of the Bronx. A wealthy socialite, Sherman McCoy, and his mistress, Maria Ruskin, take a wrong turn on their way home from the airport one night and find themselves the victims of an apparent car-jacking attempt on a highway entrance ramp. They manage to escape but wind up mowing down Henry Lamb, an African-American teenager, and one of two men involved in the carjacking.
I can get behind the Bonfire of the Vanities project. But I’m not so sure about the comedy starring Kathy Bates. I mean, I love Kathy Bates, but I feel the subject matter has been overdone. But, who knows? It could surprise me.
What do you guys think? Is the Kathy Bates “pot comedy” something you would want to see? What about Bonfire of the Vanities? Let us know in the comments below.