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Multi-Camera sitcoms are not a genre that has been universally successful with modern audiences. With premium networks and streaming services essentially producing mini-movies, it’s hard to take a step backward with production value and go back to basics. Sitcom genius Chuck Lorre seems to be the exception, as he has been able to create hit after hit over the years. Now, Lorre is developing a new sitcom that is sure to make people giggle for more than one reason.
Deadline is reporting that Chuck Lorre’s next sitcom will be about weed. More specifically, the plot will revolve around a marijuana dispensary in Colorado, and the employees and customers who spend their time there. Basically, Lorre is going to be showing us a bunch of potheads, and the people who help get them high.
Chuck Lorre is known for making sitcoms out of unconventional ideas. Current CBS hit Mom is about a mother/daughter combo who are both recovering addicts; and the now cancelled Mike and Molly tackled issues regarding obesity. These don’t exactly sound like laugh riots from the outside. Lorre has a way of finding humor in these situations, usually snatching a few Emmys along the way.
This seems like the perfect time to make a show based around legal Marijuana. Stigma regarding the drug is slowly and surely being diminished. With more states legalizing the medical use, and the charges for criminal possession being lessened, we’re entering a time where Weed is no longer deviant.
The only other show in recent memory that revolved around Marijuana would be Showtime’s dark comedy Weeds. This series, created by Orange is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan, revolved around a widow’s developing weed business. A Walter White in heels, Nancy Botwin slowly grows into a bumbling drug lord and hilarity ensues.
Chuck Lorre’s upcoming weed comedy will be a groundbreaking series in its own right. Rather than an illegal business venture, this sitcom will feature Marijuana as a legal business. The characters aren’t dealers, and they won’t have to worry about the fuzz coming in and breaking up their operation.
The dispensary might as well be a restaurant or, like Lorre’s hit Big Bang Theory, a comic book store. Imagine if the nerds were weed strain enthusiasts, buying the newest glassware and hemp lighters rather than clamoring into the first showing of The Force Awakens. Maybe if Sheldon indulged in a bong hit or two, he wouldn’t have as much anxiety and would have been able to do the deed with Amy sooner.
We don’t know a title, or any casting decisions on Chuck Lorre’s upcoming cannabis club comedy. We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes public.