TV Surf Report: Holy Zeitgeist! Hollywood Is High On Pot Shows And Anthology This Development Season


Santa Monica, CAUpdated October 27th…

Something is in the water in Hollywood, and it could very well be Lead (or Botox), but that’s another story.  What’s that smell, though?

Meanwhile, lots of streaming services and networks seem to be drinking (and/or, smoking) it as Anthology and shows about Pot/Marijuana/Maryjane/Weed are being developed across the board. Credit to NBC for being the sole broadcast network to go there.  Got the munchies, yet?

Let’s start with Pot.

Was Weeds on Showtime this much of an Influencer?


  • High Maintenance on HBO.  The webseries turned series was just picked up for S2.
  • Budding Prospects at Amazon. Will Sasso (MAD TV) stars in this comedy pilot.
  • Disjointed at Netflix. Kathy Bates stars in this Chuck Lorre comedy.
  • Highland at Amazon.  Margaret Cho to star in this SF-based comedy.
  • Weed Dealers at MTV.
  • Buds at NBC.  Adam Scott (Parks & Recreation) sold this comedy about a pot shop in Denver last season.


And then there’s Anthology:

(Credit goes to Black Mirror!)


  • Untitled Matthew Weiner (Mad Men) Project at Amazon.  Huge price tag for an 8-episode order!
  • American Crime Story at FX.  Season 3 of the Ryan Murphy-produced series will explore the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace.
  • Lore at Amazon.  Gale Anne Hurd produces alongside Ben Silverman this Horror Anthology which is an adaptation of a podcast AND it’s unscripted.  Glen Morgan (The X-Files, Millennium) is the showrunner.
  • Alfred Hitchock Presents.  New version from UCP.  No network attached yet but look for it on a NBC/Universal network.  USA seems a likely destination.
  • The Terror at AMC.  Tobias Menzies,  Jared Harris and Adam Nagaitis star.  A period drama based on the Dan Simmons best-seller about a Royal Naval expedition searching for the Northwest Passage.  Ten episodes ordered for 2017.
  • Tales from the Crypt.  M. Night Shymalan revives El Cryptkeeper for TNT.
  • Heathers at TV Land.  The TV remake is being developed as an Anthology.
  • A Midsummer’s Nightmare at  Lifetime.  A horror approach to Shakespeare’s plays.
  • Room 104 at HBO.  A comedy from the Jay and Mark Duplass (Togetherness).  Same hotel room every week but with different guests/stories.
  • Twilight Zone.  My prediction at this point is that the Granddaddy of Anthology will return.  About time to dust off this old chestnut. The last incarnation on CBS featured a writer by the name of George R. R. Martin.


 Next Up:

  Family comedies and dramas make a comeback as

Buyers are scooping them up this season.


About Surfing Hollywood

Steve La Rue is an internationally recognized leader in Film & Television with 20+ years experience as a Development Executive championing such series as Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The X-Files, The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Battlestar Galactica, and Farscape. He writes, blogs, and consults on All Things Entertainment from his home at the beach in Santa Monica, CA, where he balances his life by surfing every damn day.
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