The most anticipated comedy spec script this winter has just hit the marketplace — a multi-camera comedy from The Big Bang Theory, Mike & Molly and Mom co-creator/executive producer Chuck Lorre. And it’s definitely making an impression with its provocative subject matter – weed.
Co-written by Lorre and former Daily Show head writer/executive producer David Javerbaum, I’ve learned that the spec, which has been sent out to the broadcast networks and possibly Netflix, is set at a legal marijuana dispensary in Colorado and revolves around an ensemble of potheads. As someone put it, it’s The Big Bang Theory, if the guys were not geniuses but selling weed.
This is the third consecutive time Lorre has come out with projects that don’t quite fit the sitcom mold, dealing with topics like obesity (Mike & Molly) and sobriety (Mom). This marks Lorre’s follow-up to Mom, which also was taken out late in the development season as a pitch.
Lorre’s last four multi-camera comedy series through Warner Bros. TV, where the mega producer is under an overall deal, all went to CBS: Two And A Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, Mike & Molly and Mom. It is too early to tell where the new show would land as the marijuana theme, which appears to be pretty prevalent, is not garden variety broadcast fodder, with some describing it as “a true celebration of weed.” Meanwhile, Netflix has been stocking up on multi-camera comedies, including one from two writers from the Chuck Lorre family, the 2.5 Men duo Don Reo and Jim Patterson. WBTV declined comment.
Javerbaum has been working as a producer for CBS’ The Late Late Show With James Corden and runs the popular Twitter account @TheTweetOfGod, which morphed into a book that was adapted into the play An Act of God, which starred Big Bang‘s Jim Parsons.